Johnny Powers !
Born John Leon Joseph Pavlik in 1938 in East Detroit, Rockabilly artist Johnny Powers put together a band, Johnny Powers & His Rockets, with his friend Marvin Maynard on bass, Clark Locker on the drums, and Stan Getz on guitar(no, not the « Jazz Getz »).
Powers jumped to the Fox label in 1958, getting a pair of regional hits with "Rock Rock" and "Long Blond Hair." The group got steady work cutting demos, some of which have surfaced as bootleg releases in recent years (as always, thank you Norton Rec).
Things began to happen faster for Johnny Powers when his manager, Tommy Moers, got him a contract with Sun Records in 1959, heralded with the release of "With Your Love, With Your Kiss" b/w "Be Mine early that year.
A second single followed, but Powers was dropped by Sun in 1960.
He later became the first white artist signed to Motown Records, but with the passing of the '60s into the '70s, Power's career found him on the other side of the studio glass, producing hits with Tim Tam & the Turn-Ons' "Wait A Minute" and Jack Kittel's oddball country sickie "Psycho."( !)
It’s been a long colorful career for Powers, yet it’s a career that’s far from over. Today, Johnny’s back at the mikes performing and recording as well as doing strong behind-the-scenes biz with his Jet-Eye Music production company, handling a number of artists, notably Parliament/Funkadelic kingpin George Clinton. But it’s on these 1957-1959 sides that a wiry kid from Detroit with a voice as big as Lake Superior truly made his wildest mark !
* Long Blond Hair, Rose Red Lips *
* Mean Mistreater *
* Mama Rock *