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This is Pacific Orchestra's first publicity photo. David Khan Johnson (vocals and guitar) and John Gladstone (flute, sax, and vocals) pose on the beautiful reconditioned Checker Cab which brought them to Key West. Photo: Karen Gladstone
The original expanded Pacific Orchestra debuted at Logan's Lobster House on the southern end of Duval Street in Key West. From the top; John, Tim (electric violin), Louie Vega (bass). Front row; Conga Jim (congas), Khan, Carl Dean (drums). Photo: Karen Gladstone
Rick Fraley (vocals, bass and guitar) reunited with Khan and John in Key West after traveling through Northern Canada. His soulful playing and singing were key to Pacific Orchestra. Photo: Karen Gladstone
Pacific Orchestra played in every bar in Key West, including long stints at Capt. Tony's Saloon. Top row; Khan, Rick, Dwight Washington (Congas), Kenny Poe (Organ and Synthesizer), Gene Taylor (Drums). Bottom Row; Chuck Talbert (Trumpet), John. Chuck often performed in his Air Force uniform. Photo: Karen Gladstone
Jimmy Buffett joined Pacific Orchestra onstage at a Key West boat race celebration. (l to r) Conga George (drums), Jimmy Buffett, Khan, and Rick. Photo: Tom Corcoran
Here’s an extremely rare 1978 photo of Pacific Orchestra which includes drummer David Solomon and sound man John Jones taken during the band’s first season at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West. PO was the first band to play the stage at Sloppy’s. Prior to that time the only live music heard in the club was played by an organist who performed standards during happy hour. This photo appeared in a free Key West tourist guide. From left to right its David Solomon (drums), John Gladstone (flute/sax), Conga George Terzis (percussion), Rick Fraley (bass) and David Khan Johnson (guitar). John Jones is in the front. John ran sound, sold copies of Midnight Magic and played harmonica.
The Key West Reggae All-Stars (from the left) Richard, John, Woody, Sharon, Rick, Khan, La La, Berry Lee, and Din circa 1979 (Quint missed the photo session). Performing every Tuesday night at the Orchid Tree, the All-Stars brought roots reggae to the locals. Photo: Karen Gladstone
During the first Key West Fantasy Fest Parade, Pacific Orchestra performed on Sunlion Jewelry's float. For the Fest, Khan shaved his beard for the first time in a decade as part of his disguise as a tourist. (L to R) Richie Ciavolino (drums), Rick, Khan and John.
(l to r) John, Rick, Richie, "Conga" George Terzis (Congas), Khan and Jim Ward (guitar). Photo: Karen Gladstone
(l to r) Keith DeBolt (bass and vocals), Richie, Tracey Williams (vocals), John, Conga George, and Khan. Photo: Frank Haley
In the studio, recording the "Electricity" EP. Jeremy Wall from Spyro Gyra produced and performed on the record. (l to r) Jeremy Wall (keyboards), Khan, Steve "Face" Fuchs, and Richie.
(l to r) Richie, Khan, Danny Miller (bass and vocals), and John.
Pacific Orchestra performed regularly on the awkward stage of J. C. Dobbs on South Street in Philadelphia. This picture was taken there soon after the "Electricity" EP was released in 1982. Ricardo is playing percussion.
Recording the "Infinity Ship" record with producers Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. (l to r) John, Sly, Richie, Steve "Face" Fuchs (bass and vocals), Khan, Joe, and Robbie.
The Pacific Orchestra line up who recorded the "Hold Tight" album in Atlanta with producer Eddie Offord. (l to r) John, Face (bass), Khan, Nick Ruggieri (drums), and Joe Grassi (guitar).
Pacific Orchestra performing at Pat Jackson's wedding. (l to r) Khan, Nick Ruggieri, Tom Cucinotta, and John.
The last Pacific Orchestra line up; (l to r) John, Joe, Tom Cucinotta (bass), Paul Triff (drums), and Khan.
In February of 2011, Pacific Orchestra reunited for a one off show at J.C. Dobbs. Pictured (l ~ r) are John, Spins Nitely (vocals and guitar),Richie (hidden behind Khan), Khan, Face and Joe.
To see photographs from Pacific Orchestra's 2013 reunion concert, please click HERE.