In the early seventies, Dinky founded Dawson Sound Companybased on a revolutionary acoustic suspension sound system, the first of its kind. Dawson Sound was the sound reinforcement company of the seventies, with Dawson’s technical expertise and talent evident on tours with the Kinks, Joan Baez, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck ,Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, J.Geils Band, Warren Zevon, Orleans, and Ambrosia, among others…
Dinky’s genius has contributed to the success of many of the most prominent artists in the music industry, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix.
He has written some fascinating true stories of his life on the road with The Byrds, Fleetwood Mac, the list goes on and on…
Here is an exerpt:
On October 29, 1970, the Byrds flew to Miami for a series of concerts, happy to escape to the road after all the drama surrounding recording in LA. Roger McGuinn had decided we could use a little first class relaxation, so Jimmi Seiter upgraded our plane tickets. We’d deal with the accountants, who were notoriously frugal, upon our return.
As we boarded the plane, we noticed that the spacious section of the plane held only two other passengers, one of whom looked familiar. A collective sigh of relief could be heard as the Boeing 747 lifted off from LAX. Shortly after takeoff, Clarence White strolled over to the other occupants, chatted a while, and returned with the familiar one, whom everyone now recognized. Jim Morrison of the Doors, a little heavier than when we had previously seen him, was traveling to Miami with his lawyer for an arraignment over charges that he had exposed himself onstage at a recent concert.
“We’re going upstairs to the lounge for a drink,” Clarence said. “Wanna join us?” Now, flying back then was rather different from today’s security-driven flights. Among other things, first class on a 747 included a well-fortified bar, which we were all looking forward to visiting. I loved those jumbo jets for their spiral staircases and penthouse watering holes. In a moment, all of us were upstairs, ordering drinks from a pretty flight attendant behind the bar.
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