By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Peter Jacobsen and his buddies Payne Stewart, Mark Lye and Larry Rinker were none too happy.
The four PGA TOUR veterans, also known as "Jake Trout and the Flounders," had booked a recording studio in Los Angeles. Thanks to a mutual love of golf and music, the band had lined up rock-and-roll heavyweights like Glenn Frey, Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash to perform on its second album "I Love to Play."
The studio was reserved for two days from 10-4 but when they arrived no one was there. Jacobsen remembers banging on the door at 10 a.m., then 10:30, 11, 11:30 and so forth.
"We feel we got ripped off," he said. "We're a bunch of golfers. Somebody ripped us off."
So Jacobsen finally called the producer to find out what happened. But the producer was surprised to hear from him since it turns out the studio had been booked from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
"So we went back to the hotel, got a shower, got a nap, and we went and recorded the next two days," Jacobsen said "... Payne said you have to be a vampire to be a rock-and-roll star. That's why we had a very short-lived career."
That's one of the stories Jacobsen planned to tell Tuesday night at dinner when he receives the Payne Stewart Award, which is given to someone who best exemplifies the values of character, charity and sportsmanship of the three-time major champion and his close friend.
Stewart died in a plane crash shortly after "Jake Trout and the Flounders" recorded "I Love to Play," which featured, among other songs, "Love the One You Whiff" and "Strugglers Blues." Jacobsen sang while Stewart played the harmonica and Lye and Rinker the guitars.
"Being with Payne was enlightening," Jacobsen said. "He was one of the most interesting guys. He had a lot of thoughts. He had a lot of ideas. And he could play music, too. He was pretty good on the harmonica.
"Huey Lewis, who's a great harmonica player, ... said Payne was about a 8 handicap on the harmonica, which is pretty good because (Huey) was about a 15 handicap golfer. So it's a fair trade."