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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Joe Viglione's Biographies Supplemental

Joe Viglione's Biographies Supplemental

DJANGO's MUSIC also has the biographies:

Peter Noone

Bobby Hebb

The G-Clefs

Mark Farner


Duke & The Drivers

Ten Wheel Drive

Genya Ravan

Joey Molland

Charlie Farren

Doug Fieger of THE KNACK


John Cate

Barbara Harris of THE TOYS

Buzzy Linhart

Moogy Klingman

Asa Brebner

Mike Settle

VH-1 Biographies by Joe Viglione

Peter Noone

Mark Farner

Bobby Hebb


Genya Ravan

Ten Wheel Drive

Joey Molland

Charlie Farren

Doug Fieger of THE KNACK


John Cate on VH1

Barbara Harris of THE TOYS

Buzzy Linhart

Mark "Moogy" Klingman

Lawrence Donegan

Robin Lane & The Chartbusters

Asa Brebner

Mike Settle

Seth Justman



Bobby Hebb Biography on



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Charlie Farren at CMT Shop

Charlie Farren on,,429331,00.html#bio

Danny Klein

Bobby Hebb

Charlie Farren

Joey Molland

Mach Bell

Bobby Hebb on

Bobby Hebb made his stage debut on his third birthday, July 26, 1941, when tap dancer Hal Hebb introduced his little brother to show business at The Bijou Theater. This was an appearance on The Jerry Jackson Revue of 1942 even though it was 1941, "that was how Jerry, a big man in vaudeville in the '30s, '40s, and '50s, did things" noted the singer. Harold Hebb was nine years of age at the time and the young brothers worked quite a few nightclubs before Bobby Hebb entered first grade. Nashville establishments like The Hollywood Palm, Eva Thompson Jones Dance Studio, The Paradise Club, and the basement bar in Prentice Alley as well as the aforementioned Bijou Theater found Bobby and Hal dancing and singing tunes like "Lady B. Good," "Let's Do the Boogie Woogie," "Lay That Pistol Down Babe," and other titles that were popular at that time. Hebb's father, William Hebb, played trombone and guitar, his mother, Ovalla Hebb, played piano and guitar, while his grandfather was a chef/cook on the Dixie Flyer, an express train on the L&N -- Louisville & Nashville railroad. Brother Harold Hebb would eventually join Excello recording artists the Marigolds, documented in Jay Warner's biography of singer Johnny Bragg, the book Just Walkin' in the Rain; while Bobby Hebb, with so much musical influence and inspiration, would go on to pen hundreds upon hundreds of tunes, among them, BMI's number 25 most played song on their website in 2000, the classic "Sunny." Georgie Fame and Cher, charted with the title in England, but it was the Bobby Hebb original which reached the highest on charts in Europe and America. Covers by Frank Sinatra with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli, Nancy Wilson, the Four Tops, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, and so many others, insured the song would reach audiences outside of those who heard and continue to hear it on Top 40 and "oldies" stations. But the song reached out beyond Top 40, climbing the country and R&B charts as well. Kal Rudman calls this a rare industry "hat trick" in the liner notes on the 1966 Phillips' album, but what no one could predict is how the song would find versions by Boney M. and Yambu bringing it to dance clubs, while jazz musicians explored the nuances of this amazing composition in their world. Hebb himself, in 2001, has performed the title with the Kubato Power Jazz Unit and Michael Shea Trio, the latter band featuring Thomas Hebb, Bobby's nephew, on bass. Noted author James Isaacs, whose liner note essays appear in some of the Sinatra boxed sets, provided a list of jazz musicians who have covered Hebb's signature tune: guitarist Pat Martino, singers Ernestine Anderson, Bill Henderson, Anita O'Day, organist Joey DeFrancesco, drummer Don Houge, pianists Joe Bonner and Hampton Hawes, trumpeter/flugelhornist Marvin Stamm, alto saxophonist Sonny Criss, and guitarist Stanley Jordan, among others. Bobby Hebb's influence goes far beyond "Sunny." When he joined Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys around 1952 in Nashville, he was one of the first African American artists to perform on The Grand Ole Opry before Charley Pride. Hebb moved to Chicago in 1954: "I wanted to play some music, and I wanted to advance my career, I didn't find the jazz I was looking for, but I ran into a lot of blues...I worked with Bo Diddley, maybe on an early Ellis McDaniels album." The song was "Diddly Diddly Diddly Daddy" with the Moonglows and Little Walter, recorded at Leonard Chess' studio in the back of his record shop on Cottage Grove Ave, "Leonard was the engineer," Hebb noted while telling this part of his rich history. Hebb joined the navy in 1955, playing the trumpet: "I learned West Coast jazz in the navy." The navy band was the USS Pine Island Pirates and they played "the whole time we were on board," including Hong Kong, performing for Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Sooong Mel-llng) at an event. The band got to meet Chiang Kai-shek as well. Around 1958 Bobby Hebb tracked "Night Train to Memphis," a song written by Owen Bradley for Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys. The tune was re-released in 1998 on a Warner Bros. box set, From Where I Stand, which also included "A Satisfied Mind" from the 1966 Sunny album. After that Hebb worked with Dr. John and left Nashville for New York. Disc jockey John "R" Richbourg, owner of Rich Records, which had released "Night Train to Memphis," got Hebb a gig at Sylvia Robinson's Blue Morocco Club. "I went for two weeks and stayed two years. The first two weeks I opened up with a Bobby Blue Bland song "Farther on Up the Road." The band playing behind me was Jimmy Castor, later on Bernard Purdie had just come to New York from Baltimore with Jewel Page." Hebb eventually replaced Mickey in Sylvia Robinson's group Mickey & Sylvia, who originally hit with "Love Is Strange." The duo became Bobby & Sylvia after Mickey left for Paris. After Bobby & Sylvia, Hebb was represented by Buster Newman, the man who "got "Sunny" happening in a lot of different ways." All the publishers they went to turned the song down! Newman's partner was Lloyd Greenfield, who managed Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck, adding to his roster Bobby Hebb. While other groups in 1966 like Remains and the Ronnie Spector-less Ronettes opened for the Beatles, Bobby Hebb was headlining the tour with the Beatles, a fact that seems to have gotten lost in the overwhelming history of the Fab Four. After this, Hebb met comedian/composer Sandy Baron and the two got busy writing a Broadway show that never made it to Broadway. However, two of the songs -- "A Natural Man" and a tune they were writing about Marvin Gaye, "His Song Shall Be Sung" -- were picked up by Lou Rawls and released on MGM. "A Natural Man" the pair had actually rejected from their Broadway play. The original title of the song was "Natural Resource," but they doctored it up and gave it a different groove after Sandy Baron got Rawls interested in what became a huge hit for him. In 2001, the song will be the title track of a best-of Universal released on Lou Rawls. Sadly, Baron passed away in 2001, the year that saw the release of Roof Music's 16-track compilation of artists covering "Sunny," and interest in Europe for the song and the man who wrote and sang the definitive version. On July 28, 2001, two days after Hebb's 63rd birthday, this writer phoned Bernard Purdie at The House of Blues in Cambridge, MA, where Pretty Purdie was performing that night with Masters of Groove and for the first time in over three decades, Bobby Hebb and Bernard Purdie spoke on the phone and got to see each other at the show that evening. Bobby Hebb performed in June of 2001 at the opening of the Martini & Rossi 100 Years photo exhibit in Boston, shortly after graduating medical school. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide

Mark Farner Bio on OLDIES 108

Mark Farner is the heart and soul of the band Grand Funk Railroad, having written and/or sung their most famous songs from the majority of their '70s hits: "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)," "Bad Time," "Footstompin' Music," "Rock & Roll Soul," the number one remake of the Little Eva classic "The Loco-Motion" ( which is everything creatively that a remake should be), a cover of "Some Kind of Wonderful," along with a multitude of well-known album tracks, including "Hooked on Love," "Mean Mistreater," "Heartbreaker," to riveting versions of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and Traffic's "Feelin' Allright." He was born in Flint, MI, in 1948, the second-oldest of four children, to Betty and Delton Farner. His first recorded work of note was with Terry Knight & the Pack on Lucky Eleven Records, distributed by Cameo/Parkway. In an interview on Visual Radio-Television taped August 31, 2001, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Farner reminisced when he was shown a copy of Monumental Funk. "This is a's Pack music...Otis Ellis who owned Lucky Eleven Records...who did the deal with Cameo/Parkway...he always had the 'Michigan bankroll' with the rubber band around it, put the hundred dollar bills on the outside and have about 50 or 60 one-dollar bills on the inside, just a big wad. This is an album that they put out...the old manager Jim Atherton that managed the Pack was in cahoots with him on this. Jim's my friend today and I don't begrudge that those guys tried to make some money off us. At the time, we hated their guts, but now bygones are bygones, friends are friends, love always finds it's way back to the heart even though you may be temporarily disliking someone. If you really love 'em you'll be back together with 'em, you know?" The authorized biography of Mark Farner, From Grand Funk to Grace, was published in 2002 by Collectors Guide Publishing in Canada. As Farner said it has "the facts, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." Of his biographer, Beatles Undercover author Kristofer Engelhardt, Farner says "He's thorough...a very thorough guy. He should've been a P.I." The first 200 pages cover Farner's life from the loss of his father at age nine to how he developed as a musician. There are details on his marriages, his children and grandchildren, work with Terry Knight during their time together in the Pack, as well as Knight's management of the group and the eventual split and lawsuit. In a very bold move for a biography, Farner's views on politics, religion, and his philosophy on life in general -- which his biographer said are "more to the right than Ted Nugent" -- give a very sharp picture of an individual who is passionate about his ideals, a man who sticks to his guns. Engelhardt spoke with All Media Guide in February of 2002 and stated: "The man is definitely a dichotomy. But he is a very good soul at heart." The man who has stood on-stage in front of millions is completely charming when you stand in his presence, not the imposing larger than life image one might expect from the guy who fronted a group which, next to the Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aerosmith, and the Doors, is one of America's most important and influential popular bands. Before an August 2001 performance, Farner, along with younger brother Rick Farner, and current members of the Mark Farner Band gathered together to pray, joining hands with their road manager and dedicating their performance with a loud "All for Jesus." Farner's stage presence in 2001 was as on target and powerful as when he appeared at the Boston Garden with Grand Funk Railroad in the '70s, and with other versions of the Mark Farner Band on the road in the '80s and '90s. In the book, Engelhardt said the song "I'm Your Captain" "could just as well have been an unknowing plea from Mark to be closer to home and released from the oppression of Terry Knight." But it could also be viewed as an anthem of the bandleader as his manager, ghosts from the past, and bandmembers push the ship this way and that. Grand Funk Railroad has had reunions, but band business gets complex as time marches on. Grand Funk without Farner is like Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which has the guitarist from the Cars but no John Fogerty. "All the king's horses and all the king's men"...somehow it's just not the same. Don Brewer and Mel Schacher were part of Flint in 1978 but choose to use the name Grand Funk touring in the new millennium (as they are two-thirds of the corporation). Even with the name, they do not have the marquee value of the original singer. In the 1990s, Farner created Lismark Communications with former Freedom Reader editor Steve Lisuk, re-releasing his solo Atlantic albums and some of his critically acclaimed Christian music on his own imprint, LisMark Records. They also have the rights to the aforementioned Flint album released by Craig Frost, Mel Schacher, and Don Brewer with performances by Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa. They are keeping the legacy alive by re-releasing as much music pertinent to Farner's career as possible. His 2002 CD single, "Red, White and Blue," features a version of "Closer to Home" with brother Rick Farner and the singer on acoustic guitars. Lismark also has a set of discs of the Pack and Mark Farner rarities that are companion pieces to the Capitol Records Grand Funk box set. Farner's vision is what the public has come to expect when they see Grand Funk Railroad in performance, and the trio's legacy goes beyond their selling out Shea Stadium quicker than the Beatles or the mammoth billboard that adorned Manhattan. When you consider that Farner's band gave a platform to legendary blues artist Freddie King during the height of their fame, bringing him to an audience who may never have known his music and immortalizing him in the song "We're an American Band" (the number one hit credited only to drummer Brewer), it is easy to see their influence was far greater than the critics of the day ever cared to admit. "We're an American Band" is a song that never would have charted or sounded as it does without Farner's intro and the catalog established by his unique singing and passionate songwriting. Wet Willie, Humble Pie, and Mott the Hoople were also groups who benefited by performing with the enormously popular GFR, while many a garage band cut their chops on the bar chords of "Heartbreaker" or attempted to discover the musical nuances of "I'm Your Captain." The man who was one of the biggest selling rock artists of the '70s has his own webpage,, which continues to spread the gospel of his music and his faith. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide

Stacie Rose Biography written by Joe Viglione


With the release of a new 11-song compact disc, "This Is Mine" (Enchanted Records), the music of Stacie Rose is beginning to attract major attention. She appeared on national TV singing the chorus of Simon & Garfunkel's "America" in August of 2002 when ABC-TV launched a campaign for Peter Jennings' six part series "In Search Of America." "Mine", the title track from the album, This is Mine, was utilized in a promo campaign for the month of March 2003 on American Movie Classics, while "Shine" - the third track from her disc of all original material - found itself in the independent film "Closing Time", and 4 songs we licensed by MTV for the hot reality shows Sorority Life and Fraternity Life.Stacie Rose chose producer Robert L. Smith, and not just because he's the guy who recorded discs by Rickie Lee Jones, David Bowie, Garland Jeffreys, Puff Daddy, The Spin Doctors and many others while having produced and recorded Long River Train and The Prodigals. His experience and Stacie's vision were a very successful pairing: the music has a polished sound without feeling too slick. That down to earth vibe is an integral component of Rose's artistry.Born and raised in Jersey to music loving parents Stacie grew up surrounded by song. Sounds of the Beatles, Billie Holiday, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, and the Bee Gees - from jazz to folk to classic rock these impressions steered her creative development, so much so that the future vocalist/writer began playing and singing at an early age.In college Rose bought a guitar in a London pawnshop, which served in putting her thoughts and ideas into musical form. She played in her room late at night, at parties, and to roommates. Rose wrote and wrote, experimenting with her voice, playing Neil Young songs, always making a statement. She started The Stacie Rose Band as soon as she graduated Ithaca College, and a rep from, Maverick Records, liked the songs and voice, but not the heaviness of the group. Stacie knew she wasn't in the right situation, so she went back to square one, wrote more songs, and began a quest for someone to help shape her sound.Robert L. Smith was one of a half dozen producers who came to see Stacie live. Having cut his teeth on helping such singers as Mariah Carey develop their sound, he knew what was needed to get Stacie's songs the attention they deserved.
Surrounding her with some of NYC's best musicians proved to be the key to retaining a simple and clean sound.
Interviews in the February 2003 issue of the prestigious WEBzine, the ever present Aquarian's Arts Weekly, The Hudson Current and Relix Magazine, among others, brought print attention to the woman who was seen nationally on ABC during times when Monday Night Football, The Practice, and other ABC Prime Time shows aired.Five songs from the "This Is Mine" CD were released in early 2002 with the full CD promotion initiated in the fall of that year, the disc officially released in February of 2003. The engaging artist is a conversationalist who first performed at the age of four singing "You're A Grand Old Flag" in a huge church to a great many people - this while she was in Lollipop Nursery School.A gifted artist with many talents, Stacie Rose has the intuition and drive to not only create great pop tunes which future generations will love and cherish, she has the potential to develop a wide audience as the music unfolds, fans experiencing music that corresponds to the recordings live, never copying exactly what the musicians and she crafted before. The mainstream needs something to move people and bring some harmony, heartache, and maybe a little hope and joy into their lives - and that's what Stacie Rose is expressing, continuously challenging herself and the musicians performing these original tunes, sharing her individuality with colleagues and audiences. It's a mission that Stacie achieves with a simple elegance that has already garnered appreciative reviewsStacie is not a product of the studio. A real singer and writer, and performer, her most recent project, This is Yours an official bootleg, is a prime example of an artist in touch with what it takes to transform studio perfection to live energy. Originally intended as a document for personal use, the performances captured, along with endless requests from fans, demanded the Recordings to be released.Stacie Rose is putting rock, as we know it in a slightly different direction. Those who take note of her in 2003 can say, "I told you so" in 2004 and beyond - Rock Journalist Joe Viglione

Old biography not written by Joe Viglione

Artist InformationInstrumentationStacie Rose- Vocals,guitarRob McKeever-Acousitc guitarDavid Patterson- Electric guitar, vocalsJeff Allen-bass guitar, vocalsDan Vonnegut-Drums, percussionBiography

Stacie Rose is hot on the new music scene.With the support of a devout following she has been promoting her debut record "This is mine" released recently on Enchanted Records. MTV aired 4 Stacie Rose songs in the Fall 2003 episodes of the hot showsFRATERNITY LIFE AND SORORITY LIFE.AMC (American Movie Classics) featured the song "Mine” in a :60 spot promoting the network's 8 o clock movie. (AMC airs in approx. 84 million homes). Stacie sang and appeared in number of TV spots that were part of a huge campaign for ABC network promoting IN SEARCH OF AMERICA a 6 part series hosted by Peter Jennings, and performed on News 12 New Jersey. Rose is can be heard on XM radio, ClearChannel’s New Music Network, and on various radio stations throughout the east coast. She was the cover girl in February 2003 for the popular webzine femalemusician.comRose’s song Shine is featured in the short film "Closing Time" by director Sarah Tuft.The sultry songs of Stacie rose reveal an artist that's brave enough to not rehash the same ol same ol. Instead, her hooky songs are laden with perils of truth, love, hope, and honesty. Rose's debut record has by way of mouth, press and radio found it's way into many cars, home stereos and ipods.With lyrics that might make you think differently about everyday things, and those you find precious and a hauntingly lush voice, it's no wonder Stacie rose is making waves. Being able to write poetry is a talent. Being able to write music and compose melody is a talent....being able to do both successfully is a rare find and something that few possess in the mess of music being produced these days. Stacie has the gift of song! Check it out!!a great debut album. stacie rose is the entire package - a refreshing [and truly rare] combination of a talented lyricist and composer with an evocative voice. this CD has all the elements of a great listening catharsis, and the songs are catchy - but not at the expense of their honesty. Wow! A real record with great songs that are catchy without the usual cliches. Her voice is clear and perfectly supported by the production. If you're looking for one of those records to live in your cd player look no further...And keep in ear out for the sophomore record by Stacie Rose. She is hard at work at Company Xin nyc working on the next release!


-Music Business MonthlyJoe Viglione - Tasteful strings work behind Stacie Rose's folk guitar and pop voice on "Your Girl", a decades-later answer to The Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man"The production is superlative, something different track to track."Promised Land" has all sorts of blends - a song that begsfor radio play.This must be the seventh spin of this compact disc over the past few days, it's stuck in my player, and when radio starts playing something dreadful it's back to this disc on Enchanted Records - as high a compliment as can be given.It's quite a find.



'Passing Thru' - the debut release from The Audrey Ryan Band -features 13 tracks recorded at David Minehan's Wooly Mammoth Studios onBoylston Street in Boston from March - June, 2004.Produced by Ms. Ryan and engineer Dave Wesner, the original music (andthis is very original music!) has what publicist Nancy Einhart calls"delightfully unpredictable melodies."
The group touches upongenres without allowing themselves to be forced into a corner, a bit ofjazz with some folk-rock, a splash of modern rock - forming a mix thatEinhart correctly identifies as "highly accessible pop."Al Marra's vibes are a real find - the accentuate Audrey's voice and blendin with bassist Casey Abram's solid fills. Peter Kelly's percussion isthecenter of gravity - his craft honed over the better part of a decade withthe recently disbanded jamband "The Deal".The three men accompanying Ryan give her the freedom to utilize her guitarand voice in ways that display her enormous gifts and the quartet'spotential.Born in Bar Harbor, Maine, Audrey Ryan's musical trip began with violinlessons at age 7, an introduction to guitar at 10, and songwriting thatstarted in middle school. "I grew up on Guns 'n' Roses, while my parentslistened to Dylan, Cash, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell" says Ryan."Somehow, this all makes it into my sound."She studied at the Sydney Conservatory of Music, challenging herslef totake an improvisational approach to composing. In addition to teachingviolin, guitar and music theory, she's traveled throughout Africa and Asiawhere her songwriting continued to evolve. Audrey's involvement withexperimental bands, jazz and bluegrass in ensembles that performedthroughout New England helped focus the current lineup that can be heardon 'Passing Thru." Rock Journalist Joe Viglione

By Lisa Ralphs and Joe Viglione (with contributions from Sandy Higgins and Vin Kalishes)

JOHN KALISHES (Boston)(Guitarist with Ben Orr of "The Cars", Jon Butcher, Charlie Farren, Riser, ForeignLegion, Susan)

Published in the January 2005 Issue of Metronome Magazine

IN MEMORY OF JOHN by Lisa Ralphs (with thanks to Joe Viglione, Vin Kalishes and Sandy Higgins)

Guitarist John Kalishes passed away on January 9,2004. It was a shock to those of us who found life atThe Rathskellar in Kenmore Square such an importantpart of our reality. Many of the 70s scenesters gotto meet John when he was a member of SUSAN, the band which featured the Leland brothers' rhythm sectionflanked by guitarists John Kalishes and Tom Dickie.
When the band signed to RCA they didn't bring Johnwith them - and that was a mistake. His crushingleads were an essential part of their sound, asevidenced by his presence on the LIVE AT THE RATalbum. None of the power found on "Ride Away", one oftheir two tracks on that live double lp, is found ontheir "Falling In Love Again" 1979 release. Withoutthe band "Susan" John Kalishes continued his efforts,jamming with the legendary U.F.O., making tapes withRiser and Foreign Legion, eventually joining the lateBen Orr of The Cars for a phenomenal stretch of gigs,a few preserved on videotape. Full House Recordingissued a Riser CD "Resurrection" in 2000 and localsinger/songwriter Paul Hultman interviewed John for acable television program while at the record releaseparty for "Resurrection". Sandy Higgins, moderator ofCharlie Farren's Yahoogroup, had these memories ofJohn: "I only had the pleasure of meeting JohnKalishes once or twice. I never really got to know himall that well. However, my neighbor across the streetfrom me, Tommy Fey, knew him very well & played inseveral bands with him over the years. Tommy cameacross the street several years ago to ask me if Iwouldn't mind letting John use my 100W Marshall headto take on tour with the Ben Orr Band overseas. I toldhim I had no problem with that. John seemed verytrustworthy, and I wasn't using it at the,why not? When John came back to the states, so did myMarshall - in perfect condition. Only thing was, hehad to cut the power cord due to the different plugsover in Japan - but he did splice & tape it backtogether!" One of John's great strengths along withsongwriting and furious guitar leads was recordproduction. He captured the essence of the garagemusician's triumph in something called "I'm Still Standing". Charlie Farren sings the lead vocal onthis track co-written with his friend Adrian Medeiros. Adrian and John also worked with Boston guitaristBarry Goudreau and Cars members Greg Hawkes and Ben Orr on a fantastic song called "Send Me".

His brother Vin Kalishes sent an official message from the family: "John Kalishes, one of the moving forces of theBoston Rock & Roll scene since the late '60s, diedunexpectedly on January 9, 2004 following a briefillness. Born in 1950 in Dorchester, a neighborhoodof the city of Boston, John began studying the guitarwhile in third grade, immediately showing his greatpotential. At age 15 Kalishes formed his first band,the Rhymney Blues, which played "the high school dancescene."John Kalishes was a graduate of Catholic Memorial HighSchool and The University Of Massachusetts at Boston.

In the 1970s and 1980s Kalishes worked as the bookingagent for "The Rat" in Kenmore Square and "TheBellboy" in Scituate Harbor in addition to writingmusic, engineering and performing. His bands included"Susan" then "Foreign Legion" and in later years,"Riser".
Over the years he recorded with some of the best knownartists in rock & roll music, on occasion using thealias of "Mississippi Blind Driveway." (John may haveworked with Toy Caldwell as well as a member or two of"The Band" - Lisa). In recent years John wasaffiliated with the late Ben Orr of The Cars, Ben andJohn co-writing a number of songs. While touring asORR, playing coast to coast, John was Orr's guitarplayer and band-leader. In 2002 and 2003 John workedon his solo album, Mirage, after building his ownstate of the art facility, "Black Hole Studios." Mirage was released two months before his passing.
In an unplanned career move John began co-composingand producing television and movie soundtracks withhis dear friend Jon Butcher.

John is survived by his wife, Judith Wilson, a brotherVincent J. Kalishes III, and his nephew Vincent J.Kalishes IV.

John requested that he be remembered by making adonation in his name to his nephew's school "ThePerkins School for The Blind" located at 175 NorthBeacon St., Watertown, MA 02172.


Danny Klein was born in New York City on May 23, 1946, and lived in New Jersey from when he was six to 17 years of age. His earliest musical influences came from listening to the radio: the Supremes, Motown, and mostly blues music from Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and Sonny Boy Williams; to the R&B of King Curtis, the Rolling Stones, and everyone else in between.

The bassist spoke with All Media Guide on May 30, 2002: "[I listened to] New York AM radio, a whole lot of R&B, Otis and the Supremes, the Motown thing, the Memphis thing, and the New York thing, and all that, a lot of R&B in those days, a lot of black stuff...I guess before that like in the '50s you'd never hear that, the original artists doing the music, you'd hear Patti Page covers, you know that kind of thing. But at that time, in the '60s, it started to cross over...also there were shows out of the Bronx...goin' on at night...they'd play some really funky stuff and that's basically how I got it. We didn't even have a record player in the house 'till my sister got one, we were not a very musical family."

Klein went to Worcester Poly Tech (WPI), west of Boston, Mass. "I left Jersey, I would've gone anywhere to get out of Jersey at that point....Worcester was even better than Jersey, I was interested in science and stuff, that was the thing to do was go to college." At WPI from 1964-1966, a school known as "Worcester Tech," he met J. Geils and Magic Dick. They formed a jug band, mostly acoustic music with Geils getting into electric guitar. He asked Klein if he wanted to play drums or bass. They decided on a washboard bass for Danny Klein and though the band went through "lots and lots of drummers," they eventually hooked up with ex-Hallucinations percussionist Stephen Jo Bladd and his vocalist, Peter Wolf. "I took Chemical Engineering...J. was a mechanical engineering major and Magic Dick was an electrical engineering major...we never got through it. They never gave me the little funny cap and the train to drive. I said, 'That's what an engineer is,' so I quit. Actually, I went to see Muddy Waters in N.Y., actually we went on a field trip from school to Jersey and I went to a munitions factory and a fertilizer plant, and then we saw Muddy Waters in New York...and then I went home and quit school, and went back to Worcester."

The formation of the official J. Geils Band began a long and historic rock & roll ride starting with 1970's self-titled Atlantic release, The J. Geils Band, up to 1984's You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd, the only album recorded and released without Peter Wolf. After 17 albums and 17 years of touring, The J. Geils Band took a lengthy sabbatical from that 1984 release. Klein says he felt burned out and decided to pursue another passion. "I always loved to cook" he said, "so I went to Culinary School in Cambridge and for the next ten years I was a chef in restaurants around New England. As the economy slipped in the 90s, restaurants closed and few jobs were available. "That's when I decided to to get back into music. I realized I had really missed it!".

Then on June 19, 1999, The J.Geils Band reunited for their first time on-stage since the breakup, a gig at the Paradise Theater in Boston, documented on a bootleg Jake Geils Band: The Reunion Live, Paradise,and a three week re-union tour.

Having played on a record with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells in 1972, the blues was still an integral part of Danny Klein's life, and Johnny Copeland guitarist Ken Pino offered him a job playing bass with Blind Pig recording artist Debbie Davies. They toured America and Europe twice, Klein performing on Davies' 1994 release Loose Tonight. He and Pino left to form a blues/R&B group, StoneCrazy, with Ken Pino's harp-playing brother, Babe Pino, and drummer Steve Shaheen. They cut a lengthy demo as Stone Crazy with Shaheen moving on after the recording. Mark Hylander, formerly with Duke & the Drivers, colleagues and admirers of the J. Geils Band, was the perfect fit for Stone Crazy. They performed a Christmas party at Aerosmith's nightclub, Mama Kin, taped for television in December of 1998, and recorded some demos but were rudely interrupted by the J. Geils Band reunion tour in 1999.

With the tour over, Danny Klein moved from New Hampshire to Connecticut, built a home recording studio, and the band began cutting new tracks with J.Geils as the producer. Seth Justman added keyboards and the first four songs were mixed by J. Geils in May and June of 2002, generating immediate label interest.

Since then, Klein has married and moved to Boston. He and his wife bought a house built in 1878 with a carriage house he converted into a rehearsal space and recording studio. He has recorded with a few local musicians, done studio work at Newbury Sound and is playing in local clubs with StoneCrazy.

StoneCrazy has finished a fourteen song CD, produced by J Geils and featuring Geils and Seth Justman on several tracks.

Having the luxury of being in both the J. Geils Band and Stone Crazy keeps Danny Klein doing what he loves best, continuing to put his critically acclaimed licks on music he enjoys.

Rock Journalist Joe Viglione


Jo Jo Laine is an author/singer/model, the former wife of Moody Blues/Wingsco-founder, guitarist Denny Laine. The former Joanne Patri recorded withPaul & Linda McCartney and Wings' members including Steve Holley,an album called "Japanese Tears" with Jo Jo's beautiful reading of"Same Mistakes". Joanne also performed with {$Police} members {$Andy Summers} and {$Sting}on her PYE 45 "Hulk" b/w "Dancing Man" Produced by {Fancy}'s {$Ray Fenwick} shereleased a classic girl group single on Mercury, {&"When The Girl's Happy (The Boy'sHappy Too)"}. The band was called {$The Firm} and when they released albums on{@Mercury}, they went platinum. That was when Jo Jo's friend, Jimmy Page, took thename even further, but just as Denny Laine pioneered the sound that Bev Bevan claimsinspired E.L.O., Jo Jo powered The Firm before they found fame. In 1986 the late Jimmy Miller, producer of Blind Faith and The Rolling Stones,produced the first of many sides for Jo Jo. Joe Viglione wrote some of the materialand continued work on the project which continues 16 years later. Jay & Scott Couperalso began tracking additional sides with Joanne and a compilation of all thesessions is being discussed, as well as work with the British band EMPORIUM. Jo Jo's escapades are well documented in the book The McCartney Files as well as innumerous newspapers and magazines. A beautiful photo of mother and daughter gracedthe cover of PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE whileHELLO magazine in Britain recently ran a two page spread on Jo Jo andher daughter Heidi. This time Heidi is all grown up with two children of her own-{$Jay Lee} and {$Jessie-Joe}, born on January 7, 2005 - and named in part after thiswriter. Heidi-Jo has her own band with brother Laine. He's a phenomenal guitarist, and that's because Jo Jo cracked the whip harder thanMichael Jackson's dad, Joe. Well, not really, but Cream drummer Ginger Baker says"No sane man would go near her" and this writer agrees! HOWEVER, many sane peopledon't make great ROCK & ROLL and Jo Jo does! She appeared with the band THE VERDICTwhen they were known as GEAR, performing on the material Jimmy Miller recorded withthem, and is also on sessions with The Count and blues guitar great BUDDY GUY. She sometimes guest stars with her older son and only daughter'sband, 13 A at gigs in and around London, her younger son, Boston,currently co-writing her biography and busy videotaping his mom backstagewith Steve Holley and Dar Williams at The Orpheum in Boston, or in Londonwhen he's there and can grab his dad's videocam. Jo Jo Laine will have a full album available soon and a book about herwild life with Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Randy Rhodes,Brad Delp, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, and lots of tales told in-between.


Sometimes AMG publishes bios and they are replaced by another writer's work. Since they have over a million items in their data base it happens. This bio was originally up on AMG but someone else's - Tim Sendra in this case - is now in its place.

Here's my original bio:

Ronnie Spector's Bio - originally on AMG
Sat, 2 Nov 2002 12:13:31 -0800 (PST)
From:"Joey Viglione"


{$Ronnie Spector's} stardom effectively began when {&"Be My Baby"} exploded on radio at summer's end in 1963. Her voice could cut through the quagmire of eventual husband {$Phil Spector's} wall of sound with a unique timbre and charm that has made her a revered
figure among pop musicians and a cult heroine adored by the underground rockers. Born in Spanish Harlem to Louis and {$Beatrice Bennett}, Veronica had the distinction of being the girl her historic band would be named after. It's an important point often lost in the shuffle of rock history. The group was not called the Estellettes after sister {$Estelle Bennett} nor
titled The Nedrettes for cousin {$Nedra Ross}, and not even the Spectorettes for the man who overshadowed the work of all the acts he produced, there was only one name possible and that was {$The Ronettes}. Ronnie released a three hundred page plus biography in 1990,
{-Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness or My Life As A Fabulous Ronette}. Co-written with {$Vince Waldren} it gives the world her story
from her point of view.

Her autobiography says that {$Phil Spector} wanted to call her Veronica but that she was given the name {$Ronnie Spector} by {$John Lennon} and {$George Harrison} in 1971, convincing their mutual producer it was a better stage name. Thus, the singer was given a
moniker that has stayed with her in the decades following the hits that made her famous, but a name not associated with those hits. An artist like {$Cat Stevens} can change his name to {$Yusuf Islam}, but d.j.s still refer to that performer by his former title, while {&"Be My Baby"} has become "{$Ronnie Spector's} tune", the name change appropriate and
fitting as she, like {$Tina Turner} and {$The Righteous Brothers}, were able to step out of the
omnipotent shadow of producer Phil. Her musical work on {@Colpix} and {@Dimension} records before {$Phil Spector} produced his future wife, the five Top 40
hits and fabulous Christmas recordings that made her a household name, and her relationship prior to her 1968 marriage to the record producer which kept her from
participating in the 1966 final tour by {$The Beatles}, are all essential elements of her story, but
it is {Ronnie Spector's} attitude and voice that took that all important genre known as "Girl Groups" to another level, to a higher level. There were {$The Chiffons} and {$The Shangri-Las} and {$The Shirelles}, {$The Toys}, {$The Jelly Beans} and {$The Marvelettes}, but {$Ronnie Spector} was the first (a few months before {$The Supremes} ) to carve an identity that made the lead singer synonymous with her band. {$The Supremes}, and {$Diana Ross} especially,
owe much to {$Ronnie's} stance and persona. Yes, {$Goldie & The Gingerbreads} were issuing that subtle angst in Europe but without someone like {$Phil Spector's} guidance to bring them to the transistor radios of America they remained cult heroines. The eventual teaming of {$Genya Ravan} a.k.a. {$Goldie} of {$The Gingerbreads} as the producer of Ronnie for 1980's underground classic {^Siren} lp made that disc as vital historically as it was musically. Veronica said of Ravan in her book "Genya was a strong producer who knew what she wanted, just like Phil." But Ronnie also indicated that she didn't like the new wave/underground rock direction Genya put her in. However, in another testament to Ravan's industry insight, the sound which the former singer of {$Ten Wheel Drive} also gave to {$The Dead Boys} and her own {^Urban Desire} album was at and on the cutting edge, finding the audience {$Ronnie} has played to for over two decades after the {^Siren} album was released. That alternative rock crowd embraced her as more than a princess, as the Queen of the Underground. When she performs the tune {$Billy Joel} wrote in her honor, {&"Say Goodbye To Hollywood}, she rocks with the best of them. When {$Joey Ramone} produced her {^She Talks To Rainbows} EP featuring {$Johnny Thunders'} {&"You Can't Put Your Arm Around A Memory"} and {&"Don't Worry Baby"}, the tune {$Brian Wilson} wrote before {$Billy Joel} was inspired by {$The Ronettes}, it verifies conclusively that {$Genya Ravan} had insight to the market that would embrace girl group pioneers.

On records with {$The Beatles}, {$Jimi Hendrix}, {$Alice Cooper}, {$Eddy Money}, and so many others, included in film soundtracks to {#Good Fellas}, {#Mean Streets}, {#Just One Of The Guys}, {#Quadrophenia} and many more, {$Ronnie Spector's} influence and sound continues to have a positive ripple effect throughout the music industry.


The Face Place 1/09/05 for

THE FACE PLACE, owned by Deb Ronco, is located at 1750 Sawgrass Village Drive on Ponte Vedra Beach. The shop is a cute make-up and skin store with great designer facial product. They serve wine and cheese and nuts which adds to the comfortable atmosphere.
"The idea came to me about eight years ago when I first moved to Ponte Vidra and there was no place to buy cosmetics. We had Jacobsens - good cosmetics and a nice clean store - but that's no longer here."
With that void in the area Deb decided to open the doors to her fabulous "place" on labor day weekend - "I'm bringing the Mall to the beach" she told Country Club Merchant Magazine about this home away from home which also offers facial and spa treatment.

Ronco previously lived in L.A. and Atlanta, beginning her modeling career in 1978 in Atlanta. Deb participated in several pageants - including a Miss Georgia/Miss America. Along with roles in commercials she appeared in the Morgan Fairchild film "Campus Man" and a couple of TV series including "Better Days". "I did a play with Misty Row of Hee Hah, met my husband, got married and had kids." Retiring from "show biz" to become a mom, the Magna Cum Laude college graduate has also taught school in inner city Atlanta. "I decided to go back into the beauty biz - got my estheticians license, then studied at the Dermal Institute, and finally ended my training with "The Brow Lady" in Scottsdale, AZ." She trained with Oprah's brow person, as well as Anastasia. Hence, the 'brow design'. At THE FACE PLACE they don't simply wax and tweeze, they design the perfect brow for your face.

- Joe Viglione with Ava Cannie 1/9/05


Imagine looking forward to going to the dentist!

Dr. James J. McCall is revolutionizing that necessity in the Jacksonville area with his McCalls Family And Cosmetic Dentistry practice located at the Cypress Point Executive Center. Dr. McCall offers the "Dental Spa" concept: they pamper their customers! It's high end cosmetic and family dentistry in a plush and relaxing setting. The comprehensive approach puts the emphasis on treating the whole spectrum of dental health needs while informing the patient about advanced cosmetic techniques. The term "Pleasure-based dentistry" may sound like a misnomer, but private treatment rooms, fresh baked cookies, the sounds of soothing music with headphones for movies or television and the calming scents of aromatherapy candles are essential components of a truly transforming experience.

Dr. McCall is ably assisted by office manager Elaine Daniels, Administrative Assistant and New Patient Coordinator Ashley Psenica, Certified Dental Assistants Cindy Lodise and Barbie Smith and Registered Dental Hygenist Tracy Harrell.

All of Dr. McCall's administrative employees are experienced in patient care coordination, insurance and computer integration. Likewise his clinical team has advanced training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry as well as TMJ and bite related problems.

Dr. McCall is married to pharmacist Lisa McCall and they reside in Jacksonville with their two young children. The web site is

- Joe Viglione

The Red Slipper

Charlene Ruhlman is the proprietor of The Red Slipper, a boutique which features designer lingerie from Betsey Johnson, Verena, Chantelle, Oscar de la Renta, Cosabella and On Gossamer. Located in the Sandcastle Plaza at J. Turner Butler Boulevard (JTB) and
Route A1A. The Red Slipper opened on July 17, 2004, and caters to ladies in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's looking for exclusive lingerie and loungewear not available in local department stores. Charlene was inspired two years ago after seeing a store called
"Bits of Lace" in Charleston, SC. She decided the beaches needed an exquisite outlet for designer lingerie. The fashion conscious Ruhlman was born and raised in Jacksonville Florida, and moved to the beaches in 1999. Charlene has a daughter named Blair, graduated from UNF and has two yorkies named Bentley and Bella. They are sometimes in the store to visit. The Red Slipper has a comfortable atmosphere with Crystal and Charlene always ready to help the clientele.


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