COSTA MESA — The Rock 'N' Roll King of Orange County wants the world to know that after 50 years of alcohol and cigarettes, 10 years of cocaine, five wives, three heart surgeries and a fight with cancer, he's still rocking.
Greg Topper, the man who may be O.C.'s longest-running resident musician, is set to start a new gig Saturday at the Pierce Street Annex in Costa Mesa. His mix of more than 500 1950s, '60s and '70s oldies has packed dance floors since the Bay of Pigs invasion 49 years ago.
"If I can make it to 2011, I would have played half of a century in Orange County," Topper said. "I started in 1961 at the Tamasha Club in Anaheim in 1961 with the Crescents. I've been so blessed throughout these 50 years with great audiences, great musicians, and some of the acts I've played with have been just incredible. I've performed with Little Richard, Roy Orbison, the Turtles, the Righteous Brothers. … I've been dubbed by the local media the Rock 'N' Roll King of Orange County.