Johnny Fortune IS “The Soul Surfer” Park Avenue Record Johnny was born March 18, 1943 in Warren, Ohio. At age 12 he picked up his first guitar. At age 16 recorded recorded”Soul Surfer.” It quickly became a #1 hot. He wrote it in the back seat of the car on the way to the studio. Johny played guitar on Sam Cooke’s “Chain Gang” and Barbara George’s “I Know.” He was offered a chance to tour England with Johnny Burnette. He had to decline because he was under age. Johnny went on to play with such notables as: Terry Stafford, Glen Campbell, Barbara Stanton, Al “The Snake” Wilson, Jerry Hopkins, Harry Belefonte, Eddie Downs, Fabian, Ricky Nelson, Jerry Reed, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell and The Drifters. He also performed with The Rondells, The Cornells, Dick & Dee Dee, The Standells, Brian Highland, The Crystals, Freddie Wheeler & The Petersons, The Tornadoes, The Three Beats and The Blenders.
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“Something’s Cookin’ ” The fired up Howard Roberts Quartet with Brass Capitol Records (1965) Cover illustration by Virgil Partch (signed VIP). Bluesette (Thielmann-Gimbel), Hard Day’s Night (Lennon-McCartney), The Lonesome Cowboy (Sheldon-Marshall), Frankie And What’s His Name (Marshall-H. Roberts), Blues In The Night (Arlen-Mercer), Cute (Hefti), In A Mellow Tune (Ellington), Charade (Mancini-Mercer), Maniac (Rogers), Recado Bossa Nova (Antonio-Ferreira), Somethin’s Cookin’ (H. Roberts), People (Styne-Merrill). With Charles Kynard – Organ, Chuck Berghofer – Bass, Earl Palmer- Drums, John Audino, Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon, Ray Triscari, Bob Bryant, Shorty Rogers – Trumpets, Bob Enevoldsen, Frank Rosolino, Ken Shroyer, Gilbert Falco – Trombones, Vic Feldman – Percussion.
Bob Wood Plays it Cool MRC Records (that’s MAJOR Recording Company folks) Even Carl Perkins gives Bob props in the liner notes: “If kindness, concern for fellowman, loyalty to wife and family have anything to do with the making of a man, then my friends, meet a man, Bob Wood. Besides being a friend, I regard Bob as one of the very few great stylists on guitar. Talents are essential n the music business, being a man is helpful in any field. Combined you don’t miss. Now enjoy with me, an album by just such a person, my friend, Bob Wood.” How cool is that! …. Wait, “being a man is helpful in any field?” …
In 1966, a toy company in Newark, New Jersey released a children’s record called Batman and Robin to cash in on the popular TV series . The music on the LP was credited to “The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale,” but in fact the band was one of the greatest uncredited session combos of all time, including the core of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Al Kooper’s Blues Project. ‘Dan and Dale’ were actually blues guitarist Danny Kalb and Steve Katz (later of Blood, Sweat & Tears) on dueling guitars, while Sun Ra and Al Kooper take over organ duties (a Hammond B-3) and members of Ra’s Arkestra play sax. To keep the music licensing fees to a minimum, all the tracks were based on public domain items like Chopin’s Polonaise Op. 53, the horn theme from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and the love theme from Romeo and Juliet, and generic rock riffs. It’s all instrumental, with the exception of the very funky Robin’s Theme, featuring an uncredited vocalist. Other titles include: ‘The Batman Theme Song’, ‘The Penguin Chase’, and ‘The Batcave’. (via WMFU.com)
Members: Bass – Andy Kulberg, Pat Patrick; Drums – Bob Blumenfeld: Guitar – Danny Kalb, Steve Katz; Hammond Organ – Sun Ra; Organ – Al Kooper; Saxophone – John Gilmore, Marshall Allen; Trumpet – Jimmy Owens, Tom McIntosh; Producer – Tom Wilson