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The band got better with experience and Lee Hallyday, a noted record producer, recommended to Rosko that Chris Gibbons and Jeff should sign as a writing team. Now calling themselves Bastado Jones, Jeff and Chris said a sad farewell to the rest of the band. The chance to record with Mick Jones, Gary Wright and musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra was far too tempting to turn down. With arrangements by Bill Shepard, the all-too-familiar Bee Gee sound was interesting but lacked the luster and drive that Jeff and Chris had counted on. In the end the album wasn't completed due to poor management and very bad luck.

Jeff and Chris formed another group, this one called Smooth Loser, in 1971. Jeff recalls, "We were so disappointed at this point that we thought the name evoked a mad kind of humor." They teamed up with Daniel Adler, a lead guitarist from America. With more material, Smooth Loser invited Paul Huggette, Malcolm Mortimore (Gentle Giant) and Tony Lester to join in the Emperor Rosko Tour around England.

By 1972 the British authorities weren't overly keen on letting Jeff staying and pulled the Welcome mat out from under his feet. Jeff returned to Hollywood, hoping to discover yet another group. He signed as a writer with Cherry Lane Publishing. "As a writer for other artists I was impatient and frustrated, and not willing to follow the mainstream advice of Milt Okun, owner of Cherry Lane," Jeff says. "I felt I could do better on my own. I eventually submitted a song to Frank Sinatra's publishing company, which they said they loved. For a year I heard 'the song's incredibly good...', 'really getting close now...', 'Frank likes your lyrics very much...'. By now I could hear Old Blue Eyes signing my song on the radio while I expected contracts to arrive any day. I felt I was finally on my way as his LP neared release. The day before The Trilogy LP appeared in stores a Sinatra executive called me to say, 'Jeff, regretfully your song was edged out by another one with similar content.' Torn apart by disappointment, I wrote the song Hollywood Survivor, my answer to coming to grips with the reality of the music business."

In the early 1980's Jeff met his wife Shannon, a veteran of the record industry, who has given a great deal to the music world in her own right. "Shannon has been my best critic, editor, co-writer and friend, giving me more support than I could ever have hoped for," says Jeff.

Currently THE HOLLYWOOD SURVIVOR musical is being written for film with eighteen songs by Jeff Pasternak. Some of the songs are available now on Jeff's CDs: The Hollywood Survivor, Bandits of the Soul and Double Cover. And if you're wondering what happened to Bastado Jones, stay tuned, 'cause it's not over 'til the fat lady sings one of their songs. Pasternak and Gibbons shall prevail!!

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