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Ramblin' Mark Foley



The Buzz has had a musical flavor the past few days (see Hank Locklin and Frank Zappa) so here's one more: Back in 1992, Mark Foley went on tour with the Allman Brothers Band, serving as an honorary roadie. He gave details in a 1999 interview with E! Online. We pick up with him explaining how he went golfing with Don Johnson.

Back up.  What were you doing with Don Johnson? / MF:  Well, I had sold his friend -- Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers -- a house near Palm Beach. And I knew Dickey because I was friends with Butch Trucks, you know, the drummer from the Allman Brothers. That's when I was in the State House in Florida and still had my work as a realtor.

Is that how you ended up touring on the bus with the Allman Brothers? / MF:  Yeah. It was crazy. I was in the bus. It was wild. You know, that led to me working with Sonny (Bono) on the Task Force here. Well, after the tour, I ended up at one of the Allman Brothers' houses in Vegas, and Cher would call Gregg Allman 'cause they have a son together. He'd be saying to her, 'Come on over,' 'cause they stayed friends. I told Sonny how I knew Cher, and we got to be friends.

Now that you're a respectable member of the 106th Congress, you're no longer an Allman Brothers groupie? / MF:  Hey, I was just up at the Beacon Theater in New York, where they sold out 19 straight gigs. It was packed -- wild!

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:51pm]


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