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The bar owner asked: "What's the band's name?"

I didn't have a band, so of course I didn't have a band name. But luckily for me, as he was asking, I looked at the television. The movie 'Smokey and the Bandit' was on. At that moment, the scene came on where Jackie Gleason goes into a truck stop where Burt Reynolds is eating and Jackie Gleason says: "Give me a Dr.Pepper and a DI-A-BLO SANDWICH, and make it fast I'm in a hurry."

Without thinking twice, I replied over the phone: "The Diablo Sandwich Band."

And that was the birth of the band.

For those of you who want to know the origin of the band's name, here is the story behind it all.

Chris Walinski says:

Concerning the band name, back in the days when I was playing acoustically in a two man band, I got a call from a bar owner. He wanted to book a full band, and even though I was only in a two man acoustic show, I told him that I had a full band.

The Band has been together so long that it's even mentioned on WIKIPEDIA: On the page regarding Smokey And The Bandit, ( it is noted in the Trivia section that "Sheriff Justice's line "Let me have a Diablo Sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it fast, I'm in a hurry." has inspired the name of a music group, the Diablo Sandwich Band [4]"

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