For thiry years Dr.
Henry Karlin has juggled the demands of dentistry with an abiding love
of the music he grew up with.
An avid participant in the explosion of popular music that erupted in
the 60s, he spent the early 1970s living on Formentera in the Balearic
Islands of Spain, IN 1981 he accepted a commission in the US Public Heath
Service who assigned him to St. Thomas ,U.S. Virgin Islands.
He has practiced there ever since. His daughters Shana Wolfe and Alexis
Karlin are native Virgin Islanders. An esteemed member of the community,
he enriched his island home via community service to his daughters
schools, the Rotary club, (past president 2002-2003 and many other worthy
During his tenure in St. Thomas , he also indulged his passion for music
in various ways. As the Doc of Rock he did a weekly radio
show on WIVI FM, (that featured the Grateful Dead hour) for 5 years. He
produced concerts featuring the Dave Brubeck quartet (and sons). blues
artists Curtis Salgado, Deborah Coleman, and Susan Tedeschi, and Tom Rush
and Sara Hickman
A guitarist/bassist, he performed as a member of Groundsea and the Ten
K Band. For over a dozen years, he and partner Richard Jansson (R.J. Nuisance),
played hundreds of gigs on St. Thomas, St. Croix, Jost Van Dyke and St.
John. He is proud of his affiliations with Chris Klein and the Boulevards,
(of New Orleans ), Dick Michaels and Stan Bronstein (of Elephants
Memory), in the band Rogue, Nicki Russell (the Mighty Whitey), Tony Juliano
and Morgan Rael.
Recently, he played guitar for the Pistarkle Theater's
productions of the Rocky Horror Show and Hair.
As a lyricist, he would cite everything he has ever heard or read as influences.
At this moment, he would give a shout out to the late Lowell George, Alfred
E. Neuman, and the recession. Tomorrow hed cite someone else.