Denny Bales

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The Early Years

Cover design and CD production by

Mike Peterson


I first met Denny Bales in 1967.

I was in 8th grade, and was the photographer for the school newspaper. His band "Friends of Melvin" was the top 7th grade band in the jr high school. I was assigned to photograph their performance.

I remember watching Denny grow from a student, to a master. I shared his excitement as he discovered the magic of music.

He has been my friend, teacher and musical mentor for over 40 years.

And...he writes great music!

These are some of his earliest recorded works.