Today is the Commander's (aka George Frayne) birthday!
Not only is he an amazing musician...he is also an accomplished artist. He was the first artist who signed on to be in my first book, Starart. That was huge for me and my future.
Here's one of the photos I took of him for the book.
I first shot him in concert when he opened for the Grateful Dead in Vancouver. The list of bands he has toured with is a who's who of rock'n'roll. When I moved to LA I shot him at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood. The last performance I shot of his was a year ago on June 10 at The City Winery in NYC. Here's a photo from that gig.
It was an amazing show. Like a fine wine, Commander Cody continues to get better with age.
Here's a video from 1989...check out this line up on this stage...