Joe Roman & The White Angels Hit It Big!
Pacific recording star Ray Walters had The White
Angels work in a recording studio to cut their 1st
national CD. Ray also made some changes. Ralph got a
pair of keyboards so he could stand as he played, but
also liked his organ.
"What's the big idea?" asked Ben when he saw some
congas next to his vibes & a tambourine on top of
"Vibes & marimba stink in a pop band!" said Ray,
"You boys are playing those instruments & only one
song on marimba & vibes."
"Ray," Fred said, "Ben & I write our own
arrangements & soloes. We really work hard on our
instruments so we can play full time."
"Fine!" said Ray in disgust, "You want music
critics compare you as another Tijuana Brass, play
"I may not be Herb Alpert," Frank interrupted,
"Ben & Fred are very gifted on their instruments."
Eric was shocked when he saw that Ray got him a
bigger set of drums with roto-toms, more crash cymbals
& two bass drums. One bass drum head had written
"ERIC HUNTER; THE WHITE ANGELS". The other head had a
pic of Eric playing tympani. Then Eric saw two new
white tympanis, he played a fanfare/drum roll saying,
"Cool gift, Ray!"
For hours, the band worked on their album playing
songs they wrote. Each band member got to sing &
solo. During one song, Frank & Victoria were going to
sing, but Victoria was shy.
"Frank, I won't sing."
"You guys got great voices. I'd rather play a
"Vicki, you're a part of this band. Each member
plays & sings.
Vicki walked out in disgust. Frank wanted to
follow her, but Jason told him he'll talk to her.
Jason caught up to Vicki near the elevator hall.
"Vicki," said Jason, "Look, when I was in the
band, Frank expected me to sing as well. But I can't
sing good, so I sing bass to keep Frank happy & my
Jason sings a song with his bass voice.
"I'd rather rap than sing." said Jason, "Frank
thinks you're a bodacious babe who plays trumpet.
Please come back to the studio."
"I'll do if for him." she sighed, "Thanks Jason."
So Vicki came back & the band did the song
featuring Frank & Vicki on trumpet & vocals. She had
a good singing voice.
When they were through recording, Ray talked to
"Dudes, your 1st album's gonna be out in a few
weeks. But we need some photos for the CD pamphlet.
Put on your formal wear, we got a photo session."
The band wore their white tuxedoes (Vicki had a
ladies tux with women's shoes) in the photo session.
Each band member posed with their instruments. Dual
pics had Frank & Vicki with their trumpets, Bart & Joe
on guitars. Others were individual pics of Bart,
Jason, Ralph, Ben, Fred & Eric (who posed with his
snare drum & tympani). After the session, Vicki told
"I like to hang out with the band, but I have to
go back to college to finish my senior term."
"I understand." said Frank.
"No I don't," interrupted Ray, "You're either in
or out of the band. There has to be 9 White Angels,
"Fine! I quit the band!" exclaimed Victoria
walking out. Frank was angry @ Ray.
"You may want Ben & Fred to quit playing vibes &
marimba, but you don't mess with my girl! She wants a
college education to fall back on in case this band's
a flop! She'll be back after graduation & you can't
accept that, fine!"
Ray wanted to tear up their contract, but changed
At the Roman apartment, Joe was watching Scott
playing guitar scales by note. Scott's playing was
improving. Then he tried to teach him barred chords.
However, Scott had little hands for a 7 year old boy.
The notes were muffled when he strummed.
"I can't do it, Daddy!"
"Scott Roman, you'll learn this even if it kills
you!" said Joe, "There's more to the guitar than basic
chords. If you want to play like Ray Walters or me,
it takes practice!"
Scott unstrapped his baby electric guitar as he
ran to his bedroom. Joe chased after him & Lou got in
"Joe Roman, let the kid be!" shouted Lou,
"Scott's not ready for that & you're pushing him.
Maybe he's not a prodigy. You always made guitar
lessons fun & now you're threatening him."
"He's gotta grow up!" said Joe. Just then the
doorbell rang as Joe answered the door. It was his
manager, Ray Walters.
Lou was surprised,
"You're Ray Walters of Florida Beach 35410! What
are you doing here?"
"I'm managing your husband's band." said Ray as
he entered with his guitar case. Lou came to Ray as
she kissed him. Then she told Ray about Scott's
"Ray didn't come here to listen about our
untalented kid." said Joe, "He can't play barred
Ray opened his guitar case & got something out.
Then he went to Scott's bedroom.
"Go away Daddy!" said Scott crying.
"Scott," he said, "I'm a friend of Joe's."
Scott opened the door & was surprised to see Ray
Walters. Ray sat down & gave Scott a handball.
"Scott," said Ray, "If you want to develop a hand
for barred chords, squeeze this ball for 5 minutes a
day on your left hand. You'll have a stronger &
nimbled hand to play barred chords. My teacher told
me to do that same exercise when I was 9."
Scott started squeezing the handball as Joe
"Can you forgive me Scott?" asked Joe, "I'm sorry
I yelled @ you. Daddy's got a lot on his mind."
Scott hugged Joe & thanked Ray for the tip.
After dinner, Joe & Ray jammed out. Ray played a
black hollowed-bodied electric guitar. Ray sang his
hit songs as Lou, Liz & Scott watched. Lou loved it.
Ray noticed that Joe's wearing red sneakers tapping
"Cool sneakers." said Ray asking, "Why do you
have a 5:00 shadow beard?"
"Frank likes it & makes me look cool. He calls
me a rebel."
"Lose the white shoes & wear the red sneakers."
said Ray, "You're the band's star rebel. Speaking of
which, I'm sending the band to New York City to appear
on Authur McRyan."
"Not that late night loser show." groaned Lou.
"His show always has a new music band of the
week." explained Ray, "And this will start their
popularity before being on Keno or Numberman. The
show's next Wednesday."
Back @ Philadelphia University (or PU), we find
Victoria & her roommates, Stephanie & Danielle @ the
library. Victoria's wrapping up her studies.
"Vicki, wanna go grab a pizza?" asked Stephanie.
"Sure, where's Danielle?" asked Vicki.
The girls found Danielle on a computer. She was
surfing the Guts website printing pics of The White
Angels in their swim wear playing instruments.
"These guys are hot!" she said drooling.
"And they're all married." said Stephanie,
She clicked on Fred's pic.
"The marimba player? What a hottie!"
"Frank's not married either." said Victoria.
"Come on Vicki, he loves you! You & him play
trumpet & sing, he's got you on their upcoming album."
When the girls drove over to the pizza parlour,
Victoria was excited to hear a White Angels tune on
the radio. The other band members heard it & was
excited as well.
That Wednesday, the band arrived in New York City
to appear on Arthur McRyan on QBC. While having sound
check & rehearsal, Ben couldn't believe his eyes.
Guest Fred Savage was watching the band practice.
"You guys sound great!" said Fred Savage. Then
he went to the percussion & met his lookalike, Ben
"Fred Savage!" said Ben asking, "Wanna play my
"I can't play vibes." said Fred, "But I'll watch
"Please let me teach you." asked Ben as he handed
some mallets to Fred Savage. Ben taught him chord
progressions. Fred played two notes in rhythm while
Ben played a solo.
"Awesome!" said Fred Savage.
"Hit it!" said Ben as he stopped. So he watched
Fred Savage mess on the vibes playing a solo. Then
when he was done, Ben slapped hands with Fred.
"Don't tell anyone I can play." said Fred Savage,
"It will ruin my image." Then to his dismay, he met
"No, this is my cousin & marimba player, Fred
Sanders." Fred Savage fainted over confusion!
That evening, QBC taped Arthur McRyan, a Scottish
comic. Other than the owned major network affiliates,
few QBC affiliates aired his show @ his natural time
(11:35 CST) like Fargo, North Dakota & Arkadelphia,
Arkansas. Some QBC affiliates aired his show later or
much later (from 12:05 am to 2:10 am), San Antonio,
Texas & Bangor, Maine, for example. Houston & Dallas
passed on the series, the Interstate 45 Curse!
"Shut up, we have his show!"
I beg to differ, his show was seen along I-45.
On his show, announcer/sidekick Randy Richmond
participated in the lame comedy sketch. Arthur's
guests that night; Mr. & Mrs. Van Nearing, a couple
that's been married 50 years! They have been game
show contestants on various game shows once in every
decade from the 50's to the 90's; Fred Savage; &
"Lads & lasses." said Arthur, "Tonight's band of
the week hails from Philadelphia. They are very
talented musicians. Give it up for The White Angels!"
The band did a swing tune with all the guys
singing. Then Joe sang solo. After singing, Joe
played his guitar solo, Frank's trumpet solo, Bart's
sax solo, Ralph's organ solo, Ben's vibes solo, Fred's
marimba solo, Jason's bass solo & Eric's drum solo,
each lasting 15 seconds. The band put a finish with
Eric playing a tympani drum roll! The crowd cheered
as Arthur intervied them. First, Frank introduced the
band members to the audience.
ART: Why the formal wear?
FRANK: I liked the idea of wearing a white tux @ my
ART: Why do Ben & Fred play vibes & marimba on all
BEN: We're very gifted musicians.
FRED: Ben & I write our own music to fit the band's
ART: Do Bart & Joe ever fight over guitar soloes?
BART: I respect Joe Roman's playing. When I play
guitar, I chunk chords.
JOE: I let Bart play one guitar solo to please his
ART: Anything interesting about Jason & Ralph?
JASON: I once was a rapper.
RALPH: I got to play the house organ @ a hockey game.
ART: (Looks @ CD) Lots of cool songs, "Eric's Power"?
ERIC: My tympani piece with Joe backing me up.
ART: Who's the female?
FRANK: That's Victoria Lufkin, trumpet player. She's
in college right now. I got something to do.
Frank attaches a mute on his trumpet & plays a
blues tune solo. Then he sings...
"Vicki honey, music is my very thing (solo)
We both play trumpets & can sing (solo)
So I'm asking you on QBC is,
Will you marry me? (Trumpet finish)."
The audience howls & cheers over Frank's
The next morning @ the sorority home, Danielle
was watching Arthur McRyan on vcr to see the White
Angels perform. She was thrilled to see Fred playing
a marimba solo. Then she was startled to when Frank
proposed on national tv.
"VICKI!" she screamed.
"Downstairs having coffee." said Stephanie in the
Danielle quickly went downstairs to get Vicki &
wanted to show her the tape.
"I'm not in the mood to watch you drool over
Fred." she snapped.
"It's not that, come!" she said.
So Vicki went up & Danielle played that part of
the tape for her. She couldn't believe Frank sang &
propose to her on national tv, she fainted!
Hours later @ the airport, the band got off the
plane from New York City & were greeted by fans &
reporters. Vicki saw Frank & rushed over to him
"Frank Brandis, I'll marry you!"
The crowd cheered & pics were snapped with Frank
& Vicki kissing.
Fred got acquainted with Danielle. After taking
her to a Mexican restaurant, Fred drove his motorcycle
(with Danielle hanging on) going to Frank's studio.
Fred sand & played her a love song on the marimba.
"You're so cool Fred!" said Danielle.
"You remind me of Topanga." said Fred.
"Funny, you look like Cory on Boy Meets World."
Back @ Joe's apartment, Joe was resting from his
trip when he heard guitar chords. He got up & went to
"Scott, Daddy's trying to rest."
Scott strummed a barred chord perfectly.
"That's great son!" said Joe, "Keep practicing &
you'll be like me. But have fun being a kid too."
That night @ Eric's pad, Tina came out of the
bathroom & went to bed. Then she saw her husband
enter wearing a cowboy hat, a cape, a Zorro mask &
Guts swim briefs.
"Who are you tying to be?" she asked.
"I am Tympano!" he said in a deep voice, "Tympano
wants to make love & have a baby."
Eric grabbed a vcr tape, inserted in & played it.
It had Eric (as Tympano) playing a series of tympani
soloes. Eric then took off the cape & the hat, jumped
into bed & made out with his wife to tympani music!