Dean Forbes and Mother's Apple Pie and Baseball Band

by Michael R Dougherty
(California)

Dean Forbes

Dean Forbes

Dean Forbes

Mother's Apple Pie and Baseball Band

The following interview with one time Anchorage, Alaska musician Dean Forbes was conducted in December, 2017 by Anchorage Memories.com

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

Dean, what got you interested in playing guitar?

Dean:

I first got interested by watching Rick Nelson and Elvis Presley.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

When did you decide to learn how to play the guitar?

Dean:

I was just 13 years old.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

What was the first Anchorage band you played with and how did that come about? And did you play lead guitar?

Dean:

My first band was called The Noblemen. Barry Dannehy and I started it and played a few parties for our friends. Yes, I played lead guitar.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

What was the next Anchorage band you played with?

Dean:

To the best of my memory it was Proof, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

What was next?

Dean:

The next band was The Better Sex with Emerson Crivello.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

What did you like most about playing guitar in Anchorage bands?

Dean:

I was very shy and it helped my self esteem and it gave me a lot of respect. Also, my whole life I've found that I'm happiest when I'm playing music. It's healing, uplifting and joyous.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

One band you played with was called "Mother's Apple Pie and Baseball Band." How did that band come about?

Dean:

To the best of my memory, 3 of us from Proof and 3 members of the Arsons wanted to do more of a "Buffalo Springfield" type of style, so we joined forces.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

Who were the members of Mother's Apple Pie and Baseball Band?

Dean:

Dave Cannon, Sandy and Mark Thompson from the Arsons and Mike Caporale on drums and Gary Slaon and Moi from Proof.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

What did you like most about Mother's Apple Pie and Baseball Band?

Dean:

We had a great repertoire, great harmonies, good camaraderie and I learned a lot from Dave Cannon.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

Mother's Apple Pie and Baseball Band was not together very long. Why did the band break up so soon?

Dean:

We were together for less than a year. Soon after opening for the Turtles an Anchorage, Alaska, we all went to Seattle to try and make it in the music scene there. It didn't work out and we all went our separate ways after a few months.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

Are you still in contact with people you played with in the Anchorage bands during the days of Pacesetters, Shindig City and other teen venues back then?

Dean:

Yes, Mark Thompson, Dave Cannon, Mike Caporale, John Lee and Gary Sloan just to name a few.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

Where are you now and what are you doing musically?

Dean:

I live in Eugene/Springfield Oregon and I still play professionally with local bands. I play rock, country, jazz, blues and more... although at 68 I consider myself semi retired.

Anchorage Memories - Mike and Mary:

Thank you Dean, and thank you from all the Anchorage teens for the great music, back in the day.

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Jan 15, 2018
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Those Were the Days
by: Denise

Thanks for the heart warming memories felt reading this.

Happy to hear Dean's talent and passion for music has not faded!

Jan 13, 2018
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Great Musician
by: Michael

Dean loves music -

Back when we were in high school, I had a band called "The Matadors" and we played mostly Herb Alpert music like "The Lonely Bull" because I played trumpet along with Chuck Allen.

Dean joined us from time-to-time and was a wonderful edition to our band.

I recall getting together with Dean to play at a 10th grade assembly at East high. I sang lead on "Secret Agent Man" and Dean was on lead guitar.

Fun times dean

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