From website biography: After working for James Harman during most of 1974, Gene was asked to join Canned Heat. He was a member of this legendary band from November, 1974 until June, 1976---giving him his first international exposure.
After leaving Canned Heat, Gene worked as a solo performer around Long Beach, California. He had a 2-year 'house-gig' at a notorious Long Beach bar called the Falcon's Nest, owned by a now-deceased gangster. At this lively spot, Gene's audience occasionally included various Los Angeles-area celebrities---most notably, actor Robert Blake and poet Charles Bukowski.