Ken McGorry & The Achievements
Featuring The Meade Brothers, Ray Lambiase & The Tin Kickers, Blue Velvo
Ken McGorry’s fiction features surprising comic relief amid often tense dramatic scenes, as readers of his novels Smashed and Ghost Hampton know. Ken’s novels unfold in the here-and-now present tense; their cinematic point of view owes a lot to his years toiling at scriptwriting. Readers praise Ghost Hampton’s energy level, realism and its balance of action and paranormal suspense. They enjoy Ghost Hampton’s characters, their believability and humanity and how they interact.
Ken is also known for his 20-plus years as an editor of the professional film-and-TV-production monthly Post. While he loves the many real characters he got to know in that industry, Ken got hooked on creating his own a few years ago. Television production comes to the fore in Ghost Hampton in a climactic scene Ken calls “a Jerry Springer event.”
The Achievements flourished from 1979 to 1982 and graciously performed and recorded my original songs. The idea was we’d get a record deal, have some hits, move to homes in Malibu overlooking the Pacific or whatever they have out there. I assumed Stevie Nicks would stop by.
The Achievements (and moi) were produced by Harold Kleiner. Our big NYC studio production was engineered by Irwin Bailey. We recorded live concerts at Stonybrook U (live to air on WUSB-FM) and at St. John’s U (in color video, thanks to Terry Gabis). Our live shows, often at the old Lone Star Cafe on 13th Street in Manhattan and at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, Long Island, were special and we often got to open for cool national touring acts like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Steppenwolf. The coolest was Kinky Friedman. We opened for him repeatedly at the Lone Star and he’s the only guy we knew who eventually ran for governor of Texas.