[Dixielandjazz] Re: The economics of OKOM

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 5 15:48:01 PST 2003

Jerry Gordon wrote:

> On Fri, 5 Dec 2003 15:03:50 EST TCASHWIGG at aol.com writes:
> >
> > They did however pay me $100,000.00 a week for Fats Domino & his 20
> > piece
> > band, plus single rooms for the band. ... Fats paid the band
> > $3,000.00 a
> > month each man.
> So he collected $5000 per week per man and paid them $3000 per month? I
> hope he didn't lose any money on the deal.

Well, don't forget Tom's cut. ;-)
And the air fares, baggage handling, travel expenses etc. ;-)

Now you have an idea of what Woody Allen gets, and what the other
guys/gals in the band get. $750 a week plus room was well over union scale
for traveling musos in those days.

Imagine what Michael Jackson or Madonna make, compared to the musos that
back them.

Steve Barbone

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