“Bongo Rock” is where it started:
Preston Epps was a percussionist, and a good one. Born in Mangum, Oklahoma in 1930, he attended grade school in Tulsa before the family relocated to Oakland, California, and spent the duration of the Korean War in Okinawa. He was rather muted on his first big recording gig, behind the Penguins on “Earth Angel,” but he found his way to the spotlight, with “Bongo Rock” hitting #14 in Billboard.
Our title comes from Epps’ second charter, which wasn’t quite so boisterous:
Preston Epps kept playing until 2014; he died on the 9th of May.