Tuesday, July 03, 2007

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 !

Johnny Powers:
* Long Blond Hair, Rose Red Lips *
* Mean Mistreater *
* Mama Rock *

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Long blond hair" is a killer rev'

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know that part of mr powers, very interesting.
keep 'em flyin' rev !!!!!!!!

10:05 AM  
Blogger William said...

Hi. Is there any way to get a repost of the song Time's a Wastin by June Carter Cash / Carl Smith?
It would be most appreciated. Thanks.

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment about June Carter made me wonder if you have her novelty song, "You Flopped When We Were Alone."
How about a song about two fleas that can't live without each other:"Fifi The Flea"-Sidekicks.
btw:I love the movie posters. I spent too many nights as a kid watching Creature Features. I really miss those Saturday afternoon monsterfests. What happened to them all?

1:53 PM  
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Blogger The DoorKeeper said...

You're website is much more better than mine, too LOL

I guess Stan Getz was a lynch pin of the detroit rockabilly scene - he also played bass for Jack Scott - didn't kno he played guitar here, too.

Is the whole CD good, Rev? I have a boot single of Long Blond Hair ...

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Lee Kitch said...

All I can say is "Wigglin' Wobblin'" Brother! & YOU do know what I Mean!

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Skeeter said...

He's playing in the Detroit area on New Year's Eve. Looking forward to it!

6:09 PM  

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