She seemed quite bitter about the music industry and didn't recall her dealings with Dave Guard very fondly. Prior to her association with DG she must have had some bad experiences regarding song authorship and royalties. She suspected Guard of trying to claim authorship of her songs, even suggesting that he wanted her to write songs directly to the public domain so he could put his name on them.
Bowers was a life-long Texan, possibly of Mexican heritage (Bowers was her married name). She recalled that Guard had written a spoof version of San Miguel and sang it to her. In the song he referred to Mexicans as "wetbacks" which offended her.
Of the Trio she said: "and as for the Trio, I think they had much more potential and just didn't 'flower'".
: I'm sure at first, they all did get along great. Just three College buddies having a
: good time together. Over time, Spending day after day together, might get a bit
: stressful. Plus the fact when money is involved, it will always cause some trouble.
: From the books we have available, Money seemed to be a bit of obsession with Dave.
: recently read an interview with Jane Bowers who though Dave was always trying to put
: his name on her songs.
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: That thought caught me as well. They appear to be getting along so well, all
: invisible outside their little shell. I'd really like to know if there was anything
: Nick and Bob enjoyed about working with, or hanging out, with Dave at this time?
: Dave apparently thought Nick was on his side when the chips were down.
: The other thing that caught me was the escapism from issues of the day. We tend to
: think of those 1958-60 years as problem free, but they weren't. We worried about
: Russian bombers and rockets all the time. For so many of us, racial struggles were
: something that happened in "a few exclusive areas", not in our town or
: neighborhoods. Talk about being isolated and naive!
: One last thing are the number of recording artists who had longevity versus those in
: the ads who simply evaporated into nothingness. It's all very fascinating.