oldest passion was music. From the time he was young, he
played guitar and piano, largely teaching himself as he went
along. Later he would try any instrument he came across,
from saxophone to drums to harmonica. He also loved to
sing, whether at Sloopy's in Manhattan Beach, with friends, or
visiting his family. Cliff's mom always "made"
Cliff play when he went to visit, so he eventually just
decided to leave a guitar at Mom's house. Some of his
"party favorites" included Billy Joel, Don McLean, Elton John,
and the Kinks, as well as newer music and his own songs.
Cliff was the star of
his brother Ross's wedding, when he plugged in after the band
finished, playing beautifully for about half an hour, and
making an already wonderful occasion truly unforgettable.
Cliff also brought his
guitar along while traveling or hanging out with friends,
always ready to sing and spread some cheer. He would sit
out on a city street, serenading the passers-by, just for the
joy of it. Cliff told a great story of sitting in the
main square in Dubrovnik, Croatia late at night and singing
with local Croatians as well as a group of visiting Irish
musicians. With or without his music, Cliff always made
friends easily and was a cherished part of people's
lives....even people who had only met him once or twice.
music CD of "The Best of Cliff Kaminsky"
to anybody who
donates $100 or more to the
On this page, we have a few sound clips
of songs Cliff recorded.
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