My Memories of Hiram...
How he touched one life...
I was a 13 year young Bass Player when I came across a Band at "Parkville Teen Center" in Baltimore, Maryland called "Cabbage" with a New Bass Player....it was HIRAM! He was the most cool Bassist I had ever seen and heard!
After they were done playing I asked the Bass Player (Hiram) if I could play his Bass (like I always did back then.) He invited me onstage...handed me his Gibson Bass...an EB-0 or and EB-3...
Then he had one of those Faux Leather curved packs with Wine in it and offered me a drink ( I think I turned it down...)
A year or so later....Hiram was the Lead Guitarist in a Baltimore Band that my friends Father...Roy Gunther, managed.
The Band was called "FELIX" and they were amazing. Especially with Hiram on lead guitar. I had never heard that style of Jazz Fusion Guitar yet...even though this was in the early 70's.
One day he and the Rhythm Guitarist popped in the house from the rehearsal garage to put on "Layla" so that they could pick up some more details of it.
Later, Hiram had gone to the University Of Miami and had become even more of a Monster...I didn't know this until I saw him with David Sanborn.
During one of Hiram's solo Guitar spots where he walked all over the Arena via his Wireless...In a Quiet Moment I Yelled Out...
He paused and looked down at me and said for all to hear...
"YOU GO WAY BACK!"
We met up after the show and he gave me his contact info.
I sent him a demo of my Bass Playing and he called me on my 30th Birthday and said "Dave...it's Hiram....the Tape sounds Great...You Can Play!!!"
Most people just blow you off and never even check out your tape or give you any encouragement...
Nobody plays, sings, and yes...Danced like Hiram.
I miss him being with us in this life!
God Bless You Hiram!