George "Chocolate" Perry, Agoraphobic Rock Star, on TK Records, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Musical Wishes That Came True

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"I started touring with Stephen Stills in the mid 70s. I got asked to play on a session with him in Miami, and then I joined his band. Later on, I was working another session and Maurice Gibb heard me and freaked out.

"That's how I ended up with the Bee Gees. I toured with Crosby, Stills & Nash. I toured with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. I was on the road with Joe Walsh. I played with Don Felder, Al Kooper. I programmed drums for 2 Live Crew. I did three songs with Michael Jackson. I played on so many hit songs and albums.

"That's me with Dolly Parton on "Islands In The Stream," with Dionne Warwick on "Heartbreaker," with John Cougar on "Jack and Diane." I was in the three biggest bands in the world at one time and playing sessions on the side. We used to pack stadiums 2 or 3 nights in a row."

"Why ask for a dream, if you not gonna do it when you get it. I could not say no to anybody. For someone to even give me an opportunity I felt blessed. I left home and did not come back for 40 years. I was on the road."

"I had seven Corvettes and seven boats. I never worried about bills. Ever. I started buying little speed boats, then got faster and faster, then got bored of going fast, bought a cabin cruiser, and said fuck it, I'ma go fishin'."

"My favorite show with Crosby Stills Nash & Young was at Madison Square Garden. I mean I played all over with them, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Red Rocks in Colorado, Pine Knob in Michigan, but that Square Garden show was just so iconic."

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