Went home for lunch and tried to capture on scratchboard what Vince Furnier looked like in high school, before he changed his name to Alice Cooper.
Daily Whip Out: "Vincent Furnier Fails to Succeed."
Vince Furnier Fails to Succeed
Born on February 4, 1948, Vince Furnier attended Cortez High School in the early sixties where he made a name for himself running track. He also formed a band with other classmates and started playing local gigs at Valley teen nightspots like the V.I.P. Club on North Seventh Street. In 1968 the band got a shot at playing the Whiskey in LA and managed to clear the joint in five minutes. A producer, Shep Gordon, witnessed the debacle but saw something else: “Anyone with that kind of power and commitment could be very big.” He was right. The Spiders became Alice Cooper and the rest is rock and roll history.
So when I first wrote this up I spelled the band as the "Spyders," because that's how I remember them spelling their name, but when I sent the copy to Arizona music historian John Dixon, aka Johnny D, he came back and said the spelling is incorrect and that it's spelled "Spiders," So, I said, "Okay, wise guy, then what about this picture out of a Cortez high school annual?
Cortez high school annual with the spelling as "Spyders"
Johnny came back with this: "Their only two records (I have them) say 'Spiders.' All of the books and box sets say I have say 'Spiders.' The original tape boxes I have seen say 'Spiders.' One mis-spelling does not a career make."
"I'm 18 and I LIKE it."
—Vince Furnier, as Alice, on his first hit "18"
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