As a young boy the first record I ever bought was the Beatles And I Love Her b/w If I Fell single. The second was I Started a Joke by the Bee Gees. As I got older the Bee Gees were getting more forgotten each year. When they embraced the disco era with Saturday Night Live of course my friends and I hated them. In 1978 I got a job and made friends with a guy about 10 years older than me. He told me about some of the lesser known great bands of the '60's and I could listen to his teachings for hours. When he brought up the Bee Gees I scoffed. He told me to listen to their earlier stuff and he was right in his praise. New York Mining Disaster 1941; To Love Somebody; Holiday; I Can't See Nobody. Just some of their hits I couldn't get enough of. My future wife and I even considered "Words" as our wedding song. The melody was superb but the lyrics just didn't fit. But he said the best of all was First of May. He called it Psychedelic Melody music. I was blown away re-visiting it after 10+ years. I remained in contact with him via telephone and later e mail for the next few decades. In 2004 we decided enough with the impersonal contacts. Let's get together again after 20 years. I hung out with him a couple of times and we'd talk music after some mind embellishment helpers. He was also a huge Pink Floyd fan and when Floyd re-united for the one show in 2005 we were on the phone together as they played - relishing "one last time". Then one day in 2009 I got the awful e mail. A friend of his used his e mail account to tell me John had passed away from a stroke. Ugh. He was a true mentor to me, almost a big brother from afar for so many years. Since then every May 1 I think of John, and smile with a bit of a tear thrown in. Here's to you bud.