John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, 1974

My Night with Gala Dali

The Spanish castle magic was not to be

have had occasion to meet famous people before, but Gala (wife of Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali) was by far the most singular such occasion in my (then) short life.

We crossed the vast lobby, “we” being three black men and three white, three bearded men and three clean-shaven, but still totaling six musicians…