Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua, 13 January 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 23 May 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. In his mid- and late teens guitarist Pass worked with a number of name bands, including those led by Tony Pastor and Charlie Barnet. From the early 50s until the beginning of the following decade, Pass dwelt in self-imposed obscurity playing when and where he could in order to sustain a drug habit for which he also served a prison sentence. The 60s saw his rehabilitation and revealed an astonishing talent. Following his internment at the Synanon Foundation in Santa Monica, a self-help regime that allowed him to break his habit, Pass was returned to the outside world as a reformed character, and a media-worthy example of the powers of Synanon healing (since largely discredited).
The new profile brought engagements with artists as diverse as Julie London and Richard Groove Holmes. Through the patronage of...
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