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Johnny & The Hurricanes: The Big Sound

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  • Interpret: Johnny & The Hurricanes

  • Album titlle: The Big Sound

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label VINYL

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127719355

  • weight in Kg 0.21
Johnny & The Hurricanes - The Big Sound LP 1
01 Molly - O
02 You Are My Sunshine
03 Like... Rock
04 Beatnik Fly
05 The Kid
06 By By Blackbird
07 Sheba
08 Tom's Tune
09 Mister Irving
10 Traffic Jam
11 Teensville Tonight
12 Corn Pone
13 Down Yonder
14 Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
15 Oh du lieber Augustin
16 OId Smokie
17 Rocking Goose
18 Ten Little Indian
Johnny and the Hurricanes Originally from the Toledo, Ohio area, the band - Johnny Paris... more
"Johnny & The Hurricanes"

Johnny and the Hurricanes

Originally from the Toledo, Ohio area, the band - Johnny Paris (tenor sax), Paul Tesluk (organ), Dave York() (guitar), Lionel 'Butch' Mattice (bass) and Don Staczek (drums) - first got together at High School and then played local hops and dances behind a vocalist at Toledo's, Pearson Park.

As instrumentalists, they were signed to a management contract early in 1959 by Irving Micahnik and Harry Balk, two Detroit entrepreneurs who placed them with Morty Craft's newly-formed Warwick label. Their first record, a frantic, exciting dance-disc titled `Crossfire', reached No. 23 in America in July, 1959, but did not feature the prominent organ-sound for which they be-came famous. Their follow-up 'Red River Rock' (an adap-tation of the traditional 'Red River Valley') reached No. 5 in America and the British Top Ten, establishing the group internationally. By this time, Bill 'Little Bo' Savitch from the Royaltones had replaced Staczek on drums — not that fans knew it in an era when group members were anonymous faces in photographs.

Two more hits, 'Reveille Rock' and `Beatnik Fly', followed on Warwick before the group switched to Big Top in New York where they continued their run with 'Rocking Goose' (which reached No. 1 in England but only No. 60 in America), `Ja-Da' and 'Down Yonder' before flopping with 'Old Smokie' and 'Minnesota Fats' in 1962. The original 1959 line-up had disbanded by 1961, and between 1962-63 the touring line-up underwent constant personnel changes with only leader Johnny Paris remaining static. While the group toured, sessionmen made the records, a precedent which had been established as early as 'Beatnik Fly' in 1959. Johnny and the Hurricanes were the archetypal Fifties instrumental group, even if they were merely a trademark for a highly marketable sound.

In all probability, the group's management profited most from the group's existence since Micahnik and Balk took writer credits (as Tom King and Ira Mack respectively) for most of their early records.

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