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My Father’s Place BY ADAM KLUGER | PHOTOS BY STEVE ROSENFIELD

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AK: Eppy, tell us about My Father’s Place. Eppy: “There was a time when there was records and radio and dinosaurs walked the earth (laugh) and there was so much music product that the record companies needed places to show off their bands and that went on pretty much until Napster happened. I didn’t know how huge My Father’s Place was going to be. We opened up in ‘71/’72 but there was just so many record companies and so many artists on so many labels that needed to be seen to get the public fanatical about their act. We put in a sound system we put up a stage and the mere fact that we were tied in with the radio station WLIR, I was able to take some of those bands and broadcast some of them and that’s how we created the little franchise that was there from 1971-1988.”

EDITOR’S NOTE Sometimes the job of a journalist is to know when to shut your mouth and just listen. When you run into a really unique interview subject who not only has some really great stories to tell but also knows how to tell a good story. Ladies and Gentleman, Mike “Eppy” Epstein, the original owner of the legendary Long Island Club, “My Father’s Place.” ( Applause)

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AK: How did the club’s relationship with WLIR get started? “What I was... was a guy that went in there (WLIR) in the 70’s and suggested to the ownership that was struggling that one of the ways they could stop struggling was by doing a live radio broadcast. I went with the sales manager of LIR to see a little soda company called Dr. Pepper, they were not part of the Coca Cola conglomerate yet, and so Dr. Pepper gave us what I thought was a huge amount of money at the time, a thousand dollars a week, to do a live radio broadcast in the Ultrasonic Recording Studio across the street from the Calderon Theater and so that anyone that I booked on the weekend I’d have them do a Sunday night radio broadcast on LIR at 8 O’Clock. This went on for three years. Anyone coming up would do that radio broadcast for LIR so that the acts were being born right there and then. Listeners would hear acts on the air on the concert. Sometimes they would be invited to go see the concert by LIR. They would hear the record all week long. And then they could come see that band play at, My Father’s Place. And so we started the star-making machinery at least on our little cosmic level that we had.” AK: Who put My Father’s Place on the map? “Some people say it was Richie Havens who opened the club in 71 for me. Also there was a real power broker in the music business named Albert Grossman. Grossman told me, “If you get a good PA and

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