Allow me to introduce Paul Winer, aka Sweet Pie, the very nude owner of the OASIS BOOK STORE. Although Paul and his store, attract thousands of tourists and readers each year, he struggles to make ends meet. I asked him if it was because of the e-books.
“They didn’t make a difference. I knew it would be hard to make a living selling second-hand books when I opened this place 21 years ago. And it has been. I barely break even. With the mortgage payments, I don’t. That’s why I went back on stage, at Salisbury Beach Festival. The hall had a capacity for 800. I played to 1000. Standing room only.” (Not Verbatim)
Armed with my new Yucca stick and Sweet Pie’s CD,
“PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR LOVE FOR ME”
(No books. I have a Kindle. Shhhhhh!.) I decided to research this unique,quirky man.
According to Chris Epting’s Article, Naked Pianist Proud of His Organ, Paul has always been a nudist, as cloth touching his skin makes him uncomfortable. Influenced by Fats Domino, at a young age, he began playing the piano and singing “Boogie-Woogie.” In the early 70‘s, Sweet Pie toured as,
“Sweet Pie — the Naked Boogie-Woogie Piano Player”
and you need to sit down for this,
Yes, that Jay Leno from “The Tonight Show.” Honouring a request by his daughter, Celia, for a more normal life, Sweet Pie retired and Paul moved his family to Quartzsite in 1972. (There’s irony for you.)
Chris Epting continued to write, “that some customers got to talking with Winer and told him they were on their way to visit their friend — Jay Leno. Winer gave them a note to deliver to his old pal.” Jay Leno called the next day, inviting Sweet Pie to play on “The Tonight Show” as soon as Paul felt ready. Sweet Pie is ready, but here’s the kicker,
Sweet Pie can’t return Jay’s call, because Sweet Pie does not have Jay’s phone number and, surprise, Jay’s phone number is unlisted.
How cruel is that?
On March 12th, Sweet Pie is giving a “THANKYOU BENEFIT CONCERT.” 100% of the door will go to the QIA. (A non- profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Quartzsite Community.)
Twitter (After I figure out how to use it, that is. )
and his official Website
and give him this message,
Hey Jay Leno, Sweet Pie is ready.
You never know. Have a great weekend.
Shelley and John
Update: Twitter – Check
Jay’s Facebook – Check
Jay’s Official Tonight Show Website – Check