Hangin' up the Moptop



After 4 years as “The Paul Guy” in The Sun Kings, I can finally stop growing out my bangs (they were almost there, too) having played my final gig as a regular member of the band at Club Fox on New Year's Eve (I'll nominally remain on the roster as a substitute member for occasional emergencies, and have called dibs on center field and batting 3rd once the SKs softball team finally gets off the ground – there are enough guys between active members and alumni to cover every position now). All is well and on good terms, it's just time for me to do some other things, and this was a great show for me to end on, being always a friendly and nice sounding room & stage there in Redwood City, at The Sun Kings' Cavern Club. 

My sincere thanks to Drew Harrison for having me into the group in the first place, and for his very hard work away from the stage to keep the band working, and in such good venues. Likewise to Jennifer Halpern for all her logistical help along the way. 

It was my privilege to play with all the guys, and have the chance to recreate The Beatles music as faithfully as we were able to, and to sing with Drew these several years, the best Lennon around. I am grateful, too, for all the camaraderie and laughter during my run, not least of which with my “George & Paul” backing vox mic-mate Bcoe (aka Bruce Coe), with whom much merriment was enjoyed, both onstage and off. 

My thanks and appreciation, as well, to Steve “I can name that song in one note, and play the entire drum part perfectly from memory, even though I've never played it before, hate the song and the band who played it, and haven't heard the recording since 1977” Scarpelli, the band's best instrumentalist, possessing a virtually eidetic musical memory, and who keeps everything very, very stable for his bandmates. Steve may loathe The Captain & Tennille, but by God, he damn well knows the part for Muskrat Love, whether he wants to or not! Indeed, he knows ALL drum parts of EVERY song. A constant source of amusement and wonder for me, that. 

Best wishes and thanks, also, to Ruben Salis and lately Michael Barrett for their significant efforts at the keys station, a very complex, expensive, and unenviable role, and to Xavier Merono for all the road and sound work he did for most of the time I was with the band (and Jesse, too, for a time). 

Finally, I'd like to thank the fans of the group (particularly Gina for all those pics and all that dancing!) who made the shows we played always feel so vital and well-attended. My very best wishes to band and fans alike as the group enters its next phase. 

See you on the softball diamond! 

Your Most Humble and Erstwhile Paul Guy, 

Jim 

Photo by Gina Ramirez

8 comments

  • Judy Gadd

    Judy Gadd Martinez

    Jim best of luck to your new adventure. We will miss the Paul Guy very much. Hopefully some solo's close by in our town. Keep in touch!

    Jim best of luck to your new adventure. We will miss the Paul Guy very much. Hopefully some solo's close by in our town. Keep in touch!

  • James Funk

    James Funk

    Thanks, Judy. Solos and Dawdlers there will indeed yet be, and I hope you and the ladies will join us in Benicia again this year.

    Thanks, Judy. Solos and Dawdlers there will indeed yet be, and I hope you and the ladies will join us in Benicia again this year.

  • Xavier

    Xavier San Francisco

    Best wishes for your future, Jacques. Thank you for everything. Take care !!

    Best wishes for your future, Jacques.

    Thank you for everything.

    Take care !!

  • Erin Peltzman

    Erin Peltzman Fairfield, CA

    Good luck, Jim, on whatever is next for you! I'll miss you as Paul, but I'll see you there next time the Dawdlers are in town! :)

    Good luck, Jim, on whatever is next for you! I'll miss you as Paul, but I'll see you there next time the Dawdlers are in town! smile

  • The Lionheart

    The Lionheart Canada

    You sing like a bird! Now keep those tonsils regimented for your own stuff. Was great to watch you from afar - you did an admiral job.

    You sing like a bird! Now keep those tonsils regimented for your own stuff. Was great to watch you from afar - you did an admiral job.

  • Bill Woodle

    Bill Woodle Alameda

    I've seen the Sun Kings many times in all the incarnations over the years. The band has always improved with each change and the most recent version made a Great Leap Forward. You were a very big part of setting a very high mark to try to pass or equal. I wish you all the best.

    I've seen the Sun Kings many times in all the incarnations over the years. The band has always improved with each change and the most recent version made a Great Leap Forward. You were a very big part of setting a very high mark to try to pass or equal. I wish you all the best.

  • Jeff

    Jeff Castro Valley

    Jim, I have been following S.K. for 13 years, and when you came into the band yours and Drew's voices were like butter when they came together. To hear those songs was and is the closest thing to a live Beatles concert. Hope you & Drew continue to do the Two of Us shows. You will be hard to replace.

    Jim, I have been following S.K. for 13 years, and when you came into the band yours and Drew's voices were like butter when they came together. To hear those songs was and is the closest thing to a live Beatles concert. Hope you & Drew continue to do the Two of Us shows. You will be hard to replace.

  • James Funk

    James Funk

    Thanks to all for the comments and well wishes, and - Jeff from Castro Valley - Two of Us will continue on, in a limited way for now, with a couple of public shows on the books this spring and summer, so please check out both my calendar, and the new Two of Us Facebook Page for the duo: https://www.facebook.com/2ofUsTribute/

    Thanks to all for the comments and well wishes, and - Jeff from Castro Valley - Two of Us will continue on, in a limited way for now, with a couple of public shows on the books this spring and summer, so please check out both my calendar, and the new Two of Us Facebook Page for the duo: https://www.facebook.com/2ofUsTribute/

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