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Wild guess--David Amram (though I think actually he was from Massachusetts)
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Not David.

During the 1960s and 1970s, I guested on a number of recordings by other artists. I played harmonica with the Doors on the song "Roadhouse Blues,” under the pseudonym G. Pugliese to avoid problems with my contract, and to avoid association with Jim Morrison, who was then facing trial on charges of lewd behavior after the Miami concert incident.
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I also appeared on other Doors albums, and played three different instruments on the 1970 Gordon Lightfoot album, Sit Down Young Stranger. The album was later retitled If You Could Read My Mind when the song of that name unexpectedly became a major hit.
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I'm gonna guess John Sebastian. This music (from the "Great Folk Scare") is right in my wheelhouse. Not saying I guessed this clue right, just that I have a chance of knowing something about this stuff since I played the coffee houses in Buffalo NY when I was in high school and immersed myself in this stuff, all learned off records!
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You are correct, Foolsnobody! It’s John Sebastian, co-founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful. His 1976 song “Welcome Back” became the theme for the TV sitcom Welcome Back Kotter. (And some of the Spoonful’s hit songs are listed below in my remaining clues):

Crosby, Stills & Nash asked me to join their group as a fourth member, but I turned them down, leading to their association with Neil Young. However, later I did play on CSN&Y’s song "Déjà Vu.”

In the 1970s, I played on albums by Happy Traum, Randy VanWarmer, Stephen Stills, Timothy Leary's You Can Be Anyone This Time Around (on which I jammed with Jimi Hendrix), and Keith Moon's Two Sides of the Moon.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, I wrote a stage musical adaptation of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in consultation with my godfather Garth Williams, who illustrated White's original book. The proposed musical included 20 songs, some of which I performed in concert, but the musical was never produced.

One of my most famous moments occurred in August 1969, when I made an unscheduled appearance at Woodstock. I traveled to the festival as a spectator, but was asked to appear when the organizers suddenly needed an acoustic performer after a rain break, because they couldn't set up amps on stage for Santana until the water was swept off.

In January 1970, I released the first in a series of solo LPs. However, I felt that my musical career suffered from being out of step with the trends set by emerging artists such as Alice Cooper, and that I made more money by buying and selling real estate than I did from my music.

Nevertheless, in 1976, I had an unexpected No. 1 single with the theme song to a TV sitcom, causing my record label to rush the production of an album. But despite the "monster hit" status of the song, the album did not do well.

Some of my 1960s band’s well-known hits are "Do You Believe in Magic,” "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice,” "Daydream,” "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” and "Summer in the City."
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You're up, Foolsnobody.
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I'm gathering clues for my choice, somebody go ahead and I'll let you know when I'm ready; I hope this person hasn't appeared here before.
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There a list of the first 200 names already used on page 202. I've been compiling the next list and will post those names when I've reached the next 100.
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1) I was born March 26, 1930 in NYC.

2) My Italian parents were teenagers when I was born. My mother abandoned me and my father beat both of us.

3) I spent most of my youth committing acts of petty thievery to survive and living in foster care or on the streets.
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Probably an obvious guess, but is it Al Capone?
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On Feb 20, 2022, arthur stead wrote:
Probably an obvious guess, but is it Al Capone?

He'd have to have been born a lot earlier than 1930. I think that the Untouchables were after him in the early '30s.
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Mario Puzo
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Not Al or Mario.

4) The books I read during a stint at Clinton State Prison at Dannemora NY led to my life's work.

5) In 1951 I became the mascot of the women at a lesbian bar called the Pony Stable Inn at night and worked in the garment center by day.

6) One night Allen Ginsberg came into the bar, and we gradually became friends. I soon became a part of the early Beat circle.
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Not Germaine.

7) I often taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder.

8) I missed the famous Gallery 6 reading in SF (Oct. 7, 1955) where "Howl" was first performed by one day. I had been scheduled to perform.

9) After the 60s I became disabused with the whole beat/hippie identification; I continued to have poems published.

10) I was considered by many including Ginsberg to be a better poet than any other of my beat contemporaries (including Ginsberg).
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I'm afraid I'm out of my depth here. Of course I've heard of Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey, but I'm not familiar with any other personalities associated with the Beat movement.
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Hey Arthur I'm out of my depth on a lot of other peoples' offerings! Anyway, Dr. Seuss didn't travel with that crowd, did he S2000?

11) My second book of poems "Gasoline" was published as #2 of the Pocket Poets series from City Lights Press. "

12) I died of prostate cancer in Minnesota in 1971.

13) After being cremated, my ashes were buried in a small private graveyard in Rome, at the foot of Percy Bysshe Shelley's grave, not far from that of John Keats.
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On Feb 23, 2022, foolsnobody wrote:
Hey Arthur I'm out of my depth on a lot of other peoples' offerings! Anyway, Dr. Seuss didn't travel with that crowd, did he S2000?

I'm sure that he didn't.

But he was a poet, and I wanted to keep things going.

I'm at a loss at the moment.
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