Elegy for Happiness by ProQuest


By the time of these phone calls, I was already in college and Al was deep into the alcoholism that eventually killed him. That old, alcoholic Al is gone now, dead and buried by the son he always referred to, affectionately and otherwise, only as Boy ("Boy, get me another beer"), but in my hands the young Al brims with confidence. During the period when the photograph for the album was taken, Al was at his musical best. Perfect pitch, my father claims and my brother, the musician, confirms. A natural talent who played with the masters. In fact, the liner notes on the back of the album inform

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