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Mike Kowalski

Big Beat Man

This is just a short history of the life I've led in Hollywood and around the world.

About Me



  • Born 7-28-44 at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Spent the first 22 years living in Hollywood.
  • Met Dawn Aston (from Kent) in London, England in 1968.
  • We married in 1969.
  • We have two daughters - Anna Kowalski and Jayn (Kowalski) Zook
  • Son-in law Joe Zook and Grandaughter Zoey.

  • Favorite jazz saxophonist is Gene Ammons.
  • Favorite classical composer is Tchaikovsky.
  • Favorite Drummer is Idris Mohammad.
  • Favorite jazz pianist is Anthony Wonsey.
  • Favorite Jazz organist is Joey DeFranchesco.
  • Favorite rock band - there too many to list.
  • Favorite blues singer was Bobby Blue Bland.
  • Favorite male vocalists, there are three: Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Carl Wilson.
  • Favorite female vocalist is Jo Stafford.

  • Favorite (horse) thoroughbred is named "Pocket full of Pesos".
  • Favorite movie is "Inherit The Wind" 1960.
  • Favorite Color is Red.
  • Favorite pets - Border Collie named, Daisy and grey and white cat named Frenchi.
  • Favorite modern day composer, there are three: Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand.
  • Favorite food is Sushi.
  • Favorite sports are horse racing, pro baseball, pro football & boxing

  • Favorite city is New York.
  • Favorite country besides the USA is England.
  • Favorite venue to perform in - there are Two!! The Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, New York City (performing on stage with The Beach Boys).
  • Favorite Beach is in Guam.

  • Influences
  • My father Francis, two older brothers Frank Jr., and Bernard.
  • Life long friend Ed Carter
  • Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri
  • Author Thomas Paine
  • Feather weight boxer Danny "Little Red" Lopez