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The Tonettes


Managed by Virgil Thompson, their English teacher, the Tonettes endured seven hours by car to San Antonio in mid-'65, for the Swingtime teen variety show. Always on the hunt for fresh meat and apparent heat, Epstein invited Virgil and his girls over to the studio, where they galloped through "I Gotta Know" and "My Heart Can Feel The Pain" in a matter of hours, before trekking back to the Staked Plain region. Virgil kept in touch with Abe intermittently across his career as a part-time disc jockey and songwriter, though after their 12th grade graduation, he lost the Tonettes to the gusts of life.


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