Besides Gaudio, there was another famous Royal Teen: Al Kooper
, who relates in his autobiography Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards
that the Royal Teens were the first real band he'd hooked up with... also at age 14.
Kooper, who played guitar in the band when they went on tour, heard the call to rock 'n' roll early, but his parents disapproved. So for a few years in his teens, Kooper led a double life, keeping his stage clothes in a friend's garage and slipping out for gigs on the sly. At one gig with The Royal Teens (this was well after their rise to fame with "Short Shorts"), he found himself stranded in Manhattan at 5:30 AM without a ride back to his home in Queens. He had to call his parents, who paid for a cab ride home. Kooper relates in his book: "Passing my father on the front walk, he on his way to work, me just returning from mine. And that look on his face as he hurried past me, as if an inner voice was telling him, 'Your son has been lobotomized by Martians carrying electric guitars. He'll never be the same again.' It would have made a perfect portrait.