Hal Cohen

Ben Vaughn Part 1

A Love Letter to the Delaware Valley

Ben VaughnToday you’re in for quite a treat. I’m talking to Ben Vaughn. If you’re from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Tri-state area, you’re probably familiar with him. He’s been a fixture around these parts for a very long time. As a rock and roll star and as a DJ. Even outside of this area, listeners of NPR radio stations across the country can hear his remarkable, eclectic music on his show, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn”.

Ben and I talked about music mostly,  but a large portion of this conversation  touched on his good friends and musical influences, Kenn Kweder and Jerry Blavat aka The Geeter with the Heater, the Big Boss with the Hot Sauce. I’d go so far as to say this episode is a love letter – from Ben Vaughn to the Delaware Valley.

We talked for well over an hour, so  after much debate with myself, I have decided, for the sake of our short attention spans, to make this a two-parter. I intentionally ended this show with a slight cliff hanger, like all good serials do. I hope you enjoy this very educational and entertaining conversation with Ben as much as I did. So let’s not keep you waiting…  here’s me, Hal in Philly and Ben Vaughn, sharing a few anecdotes and some memorable – Tales of the Road Warriors!

Talking Points

Recording in a 65 Rambler

Multitracking with two cheap Akai reel to reels

Jerry Blavat aka The Geeter with the Heater, The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce

Aaron Lightman, Billy Joel and Sir Benjamin Quintet… record deals gone bad

Sir Douglas Quintet

Augie Meyers

Bob Malone

Philadelphia music scene in the 70s  and 80s

Cream at the Spectrum and Four Tops at Steel Pier in 1968

Terry Reid

Marijuana and other mind altering substances and the teenage brain

Listening to the radio and musical influences growing up

Grand Ole Opry

Porter Wagner, Wheeling West Virginia

Kit Kats

Kenn Kweder

Cinitoli’s Music

Benny Cintioli, Gus Cordovox, Gus Zoppi, Lenny Apple

Facebook friends, My Space and the internet

The Rambler Hubcap

Tex-Mex and Zydeco

French sense of humor

Kim Fowley

Drummers and their parents

No guitar allowed…

Join The Conversation

What was your first concert? Did it change you life. Are you a fan of Ben’s Show, “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn”? Did THAT change you life?


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Ben Vaughn Links and Resources

Ben Vaughn Official  Website

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn Podcast on Stitcher

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn On Facebook

Ben Vaughn Videos

Ben Vaughn – Rambler 65 – Full Show

Ben Vaughn – My First Band


You can help support Tales of the Road Warriors – while you’re on the  website, in a couple of ways. You can can click on the PayHal link and donate any amount through PayPal. Or –  you can purchase an official Tales of the Road Warriors Coffee Mug available through Zazzle. You’ll see a photo of it on every page. Just click on the link and get yourself  one. There’s also an I’m Going For A Drive Travel Mug!

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Johnny Koolrock

The Legend of Blythe

Johnny KoolrockAnd now, for something completely different… This past week, I accompanied the near-legendary James Lee Stanley to Teaneck New Jersey where he did a radio interview/live in-studio concert on WFDU with the host of the Traditions radio show, Ron Olesko. I had intended to interview James Lee for a future episode of the Tales of the Road Warriors podcast, but due to technical difficulties, I couldn’t complete the mission. However, on the way back home from the radio station, James and I talked about many things, and during the course of the conversation, among other things, we swapped stories about our past gigs. Which lead to me telling hime about something that happen to me, and it’s on of my favorite TALES OF THE ROAD WARRIORS!!!!

Hi Hal Aaron Cohen here… and welcome to the Tales of the Roadwarriors podcast. Don’t forget to get on the mailing list. There is no charge to subscribe, but if you’d like contribute a little something to help support the show, please click on the tip jar below.

Before I begin, let me make it clear that there was another Johnnie Coolrock, but he spelled his name differently.

J-O-H-N-N-I-E Coolrock with a C . He was an English rocker who had a hit in England in 1979. It was called Good  Girls and it’s actually pretty catchy. You can follow this link to listen to Good Girls by the OTHER Johnnie Coolrock.

This story is not about that guy… This is a story about me, and I spell it JOHNNY KOOLROCK  with a K, because at the time, I smoked Kool cigarettes, which is not something to brag about  – and I quit smoking years ago.

This happened on a road trip to Blythe, California to sell insulation. It also involves a rodeo, a bar in a bowling hour, an open mic night and the local, talented and beautiful girl.

No more spoilers. You’ll have to listen to the show to hear the story. You can stream it from the top of this page or on your favorite podcast app including iTunes, Pandora, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Google Play or Stitcher.

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