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E86 Retire in Lake Worth Beach, Florida

E86 Retire in Lake Worth Beach, Florida

Peppy Castro, one of the founding members of the legendary rock band Blues Magoos and a lifelong New Yorker, dreamed of living on the water but he couldn’t afford most waterfront price tags. A few years ago he happened upon a one-bedroom waterfront condo in Lake Worth Beach, Florida and his life changed immeasurably. The beach calms the musician and there he met his partner, Jeanne McNaney. Peppy is now selling his one-bedroom condo, as he purchased a larger unit in the same building. On Episode 86 of Retire There, hear Peppy and Jeanne talk about the eclectic town of Lake Worth Beach and his one-bedroom condo for sale.

Peppy Castro’s website is PeppyCastro.com

Jeanne McNaney has authored two children’s books: Legend of Honey Hollow and Miracle in Sumatra: The Story of Gutsy Gus.


Peppy Castro


Peppy Castro is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era. He really has done it all. Peppy was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx from age 4 to 14. His father died when Peppy was just 5 months old. His musical journey began when he learned his first guitar chord as a result of being in a Christian church play at age 13. A year later, at age 14, he left home and went to Greenwich Village where he immersed himself in music and honed his guitar skills playing the clubs. His fame and 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group," The Blues Magoos”. Their hit “We aint got nothing yet” reached #5 on the Billboard charts and put the band on the map. They appeared on the Jack Benny show and spent the summer of 1967 on tour with Herman Hermits and The Who. [Gene: Hey Peppy, who was the headliner on that tour?]
The band broke up a few years later, but his rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. In Hair, he met twins Billy and Bobby Allessi and they formed a band called Barnaby Bye in 1973. Banabye Bye has been inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Peppy has also been a member of Balance and Wiggy Bits.
Peppy’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Diana Ross, Kiss and Cher, among others. He is also Emmy nominated and an award-winning playwright and multi-instrumentalist. For all Peppy has done, you may be most familiar with the hundreds of well-known jingles has penned and or performed for products made by Budweiser, Chevy, Bounty, Nestlé, Kodak, just to name a few. The list is endless.

Jeanne McNaney

Jeanne Mcnaney was born and raised in Bardonia, New York, later moved to Greenwich, Connecticut and is currently living in Jupiter, Florida. She graduated magna cum laude from Mercy College with a BS degree in Veterinary Technology and Behavioral Science.
She has dedicated her professional life to causes that enhance the lives of children and their families all over the world. She’s written 2 children's books with environmental preservation as the theme. They are The Legend of Honey Hollow and Miracle of Sumatra: The Story of Gutly Gus. She now has embarked on a ground-breaking line of plush toys called OPERA PALS ™ with state of the art bluetooth technology. In this endeavor, she enlisted the aid of Dr. Ken Howard of Australia, one of the world’s leading toy designers. He has been able to design a copyrighted and patentable sound module with chip and software and firmware exclusively for Opera Pals.