Radio personalities were talented people
Editor, the Advocate:
Many thanks to Robert Parker for his tribute to the man and the music of his good friend "Starvin'" Marvin Paul (Laqua) in the Victoria Advocate on Feb. 18. I was a DJ at KNAL through most of the '70s and early '80s, and I remember well the passionate dedication Marvin had to his craft. To say he was talented is an understatement. When he wasn't writing music, he was thinking about music. Those two would come into the radio station with their guitars and strum and sing to demo their latest creations. I looked forward to those sessions like it was Christmas.
Robert Parker is not the type to toot his own horn, but, as a songwriter, he was no slouch himself. He could hold his own with the best. Robert drew inspiration from Marvin, and together, they were musical dynamite.
I remember one day, I pitched a song title idea to Marvin. It was intended to capitalize on the "What's your sign?" craze. I still remember Marvin's eyes lighting up and the wheels starting to spin. In no time, he came up with "You Are My Sunsign," and I think it actually made No. 87 in Cashbox magazine. My personal favorite was "You Read My Music." With so much talent, Marvin was a true Victoria treasure.
I'd love to sit down with Robert over dinner sometime and reminisce about those magical days and our mutual friend, Marvin Paul. I was fortunate to be able to call him my friend.
Roger Felton, Victoria