My first recording session took place in Jackson, Mississippi at the famed Malaco Studios in 1966. A band, The New Generation, based in my hometown of McComb, Mississippi, recorded two of my original songs. I was sixteen years old and thus began my life long fascination with all facets of popular music.
The seeds were planted even earlier. I was named for a song (Danny Boy) and, further, when I was four years old, Elvis Presley came to McComb for a concert, appearing with Johnny Cash (September 9, 1955). My father, Bill, had promoted the concert, through his position at a local radio station. I remember standing outside an open window, holding my baby sitter’s hand, as the excitement of Elvis’s music poured over me from the packed high school auditorium.