Thanks for getting back today.
For the life of me I couldn't think of the street that barbershop was near. It was 7th. Avenue and I keep thinking 119th. or 123rd. Street but I could be all wrong today, lol.
I remember there was an older silver-haired lady that was the only female barber there.
I knew Billy pretty well back then but lost contact around 1969 then saw him backstage at the Apollo one last time when I was with The Manhattans in early 1971. I almost didn't recognize him without that big process, lol. Can't even remember his last name now. He was living either near 116 or 119 Street, hung out at Minton's sometimes.
If you can think of anything please let me know. I was wondering whatever became of him and if he as still living, he was a nice person and a friend.
BTW, are you on Facebook? LOL, facebook is like another job! I have 3 pages up. :>)
Being you are a Harlem historian, I was wondering if you knew of "Billy" from The Playboy Barber Shop (1960's)? He sometimes worked the backstage door at the Apollo, but his main gig was doing "processes".
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."