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In Memory

Joe Pallatin

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01/12/19 03:58 PM #1    

Patrick Collins

My Memories of Joe

(I wanted to share Pat Collins’ relationship with Joe Pallatin)


First, I would like to apologize to all of my 1969 classmates for missing this important milestone in our lives (the 50-year class reunion).  It just so happened that my youngest daughter, Haley, will be getting married during this event, and fatherly duties call.  In addition, I would also like to acknowledge a special recognition to very dear friend that will also be missing this important milestone, Joe Pallatin.

I was in Mexico when I heard the news about Joe's death. My wife Joyce had sent me an email explaining that Dean had called to report the disappointing news.  My mood instantly changed. I became quiet and deeply sadden. It really caught me off guard. I sat for a while just thinking about Joe and how long it had been since I last saw him or even talked to him in person. It hurt, when I realized it was 1971 when I left La Mirada to continue my college education in Eureka, California Humboldt State University. It had been at least 40 years, and that made me upset.

Joe was one of my best friends (next to Deano and Steve Schneider).  But Joe and I had a very special relationship.  We had the special bonds of playing music together, as well as playing baseball together throughout high school.  I just wish we had today’s technology back in the 60’s so we could have captured all those amazing music events our core group of musicians (Terry, Tony, Joe and myself) accomplished.  I love playing music with these guys and especially Joe.  He lived just down the street and I would routinely walk down to house in the evenings, and we would listen to music and discover new songs we could use in the band. For example, I specifically remember sitting in Joe’s room listening to Jeff Beck – I Ain't Superstitious, and how impressed I was that Joe, quickly figured out the chords to the song, and then began playing Jeff’s riffs.  Another favorite of mine was the Al Kooper - Super Session Album with Michael Bloomfield and Steven Stills. I thought Joe played Bloomfield better than Michael.  We routinely played Stop as an opening numbering in our gigs. During these early years, I realized what a talent Joe was.  Not only could he play any cover, Joe was writing his own songs.  Joe was a very creative and talented individual.  I loved playing music with Joe and the band.

In the very early 70’s, I made a decision to quit the band.  I sold my by beautiful mod-orange pearl Ludwig drum set to pursue an education in northern California.  This event changed my life, and as a result, I had severed my relationship with Joe, and I never had a face to face conversation with Joe again. So when I heard that Joe passed away, I was very upset, but not with Joe. I was angry with Pat Collins.

As those 40 years progressed I still had good friends (such as Dave Kerns, Terry and Carolyn Fallen) that kept me updated on Joe from time to time.  Although information from friends helped, I yearned to know more and to actually talk with Joe again.  He always had some type of hold on me deep inside.  I just can’t explain it. 

HOWEVER, good fortune struck, with my retirement. Now, with a little extra time on my hands, I decide to explore Facebook, and by 2010 I found Joe. I cannot tell you how good that felt. A few type written messages, actual correspondence and one very simple phrase, that sunk deep into my soul, And Pat,  I want you to know that I love you very much.”

I had finally caught up with Joe after 40 years of no direct contact. It was so good to heard that he had beaten his drug and alcohol problems. That he had four children (Loren, Rachel, Steve and David) and two wives. And Joe had become one of those “IT GUYS", like me. But the most important thing to me was finding out that Joe still loved music. Joe was still playing his music professionally.  And Joe added a new twist I was not aware of, he was also recording and producing music at Blue Oak Music. My smile, now a mile wide, grew even bigger from ear to ear. I was so happy Joe. Joe had a very accomplished life.

For those of you, who do not remember, go to the La Mirada High School year book of 1969, and read our class president’s Ambition:  He wanted to be Recording Engineer.

I just wish I could say in person “Congratulations Joe! And Joe, don’t forget, I love you.

Patrick Collins

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