Johnny always said he had 300 guys in his band… Actually, it was 100 or so…
1959- Johnny Paris, (saxophone), Paul Tesluk on a Hammond Chord organ, Dave Yorko on guitar,
Butch Mattice on bass.
Earliest drummers include Don Staczek seen here with
a “much sought-after” autographed Tony Packo’s bun !
and Bill “Little Bo” Savich RIP 1-4-2002
Tommy Curran, Bass
Louis H Carr, 1959 (guitar)RIP 1-8-2010
( studio guitarist ) played on Mad Mad World and Money Money, Bucky Pizzarelli, (studio guitarist),
Bill Ramal ( studio sax, producer, who yelled, “Alright You Guys, Rise and Shine ! ” )
Billy Butler (studio guitarist) 1960
Johnny Gibson featured on Farewell Farewell, 1962 (studio keyboards)
Lynn Bruce (drums) , Jim Pocisk aka Jim Drake- Johns Brother. Rod Cox Richards (future guitar player for the Rare Earth),
Bobby Cantrall (Ignatowski) on (bass). Bobby told me that the Beatles asked him which song they should open with in America. He told them, ” She Loves You “… Bobby said that he thought that the German version sounded risque when hearing the title sung.
Jim Robinson (drums), Eddie Waller (bass),
Ron Clossen, Chuck Chittenden, Bruce Sherer RIP 1981 (drums).
Jerry Pynckel (guitar) http://jerrypynckel.com/ ,
Hal “Chops” Hedges ( organ ), Ray Whelan (organ)
1964 Paul, Sonny Brickman ( bass ) Hurricanes play in Berlin, Germany. First gig Kiel… then crossing to East Berlin. First American band to play in East Germany, 1964, at the largest venue known at that time.
Joining the stage with the Hurricanes is King Size Taylor and the Dominoes and Tony Sheridan.
Johnny and the Hurricanes return to the USA to tour in their new Dodge/trailer vehicle. Three of the guys quit the band. That’s when I, Les Todd McDonald Sr. (lead guitar), was hired to take Billy Marsh’s place in November of 1964.
◾1963 to 1966, Frank “Butch” Cook (drums),
■ 1964 to 1966, Phil (Crites) January (organ),
Les Todd McDonald Sr. (guitar),
◾1965-1966-Doug Gifford (drums)
I bought my Orange Gretsch 6120 guitar and Fender Amp 2 years before Lennon bought his. He featured it in Paperback Writer. Del Shannon bought his orange Gretsch in 1965… it was a cool guitar !
The Catholic Club, in Toledo, Ohio, was one of the last gigs I played with the Hurricanes. 1966
Mike Baginski (guitar) Tom Turvey (bass)
Larry Hutchison (Gretsch guitar)
Brian Sauer ( B-3 ), Bill Stewart (guitar)
1967-Gary Bellaire (organ),
John Louicki (guitar),
◾1968-Bob Currier (bass),
◾1971-Dennis Scarbrough (drums)
1974 Jeff Eggert (drums) Mike Counterman, Lead guitar… RIP July 12, 2016,
Hal ” CHOPS ” Hedges keyboards RIP at 43… he was a real pleasure.
Jerry David Stoval,
Perry Palmer (drums)
◾1973-Duane Thomas (guitar),
Vince Perna (organ) Rob Shannon ( drums )Ralph Terrana (keyboards) ,
Doug Perkins (guitar),
Bob Nyswonger (bass),
Dave Athanas (second guitar), Dave, drums,
◾1974-Tom Martin (guitar) , Dwight Grifka (organ )
1977-Timothy Richter (bass) http://www.reverbnation.com/flyte66,
Mike Shaw (organ)◾1978-Marc Kruger (guitar),
Ted Sotnyk (drums)
◾1980-Tony Raw (bass) , Johnny Paris, Mick Brady (drums), Steve Clark RIP 10-14-2012 (keyboards), Ricky Gee (lead guitar, backing vocals and lead vocals), Peter Franken (keyboards)
◾1983-Klaus Wecker (bass), Manfred Noll (drums), Werner Grabowski (lead guitar) and Steven Getten (keyboards)
◾1990-Edwin Hettinger (keyboards), Bernd Ohnesorge (bass), Joja Wendt (piano),Dick Byrd (lead guitar), Roy Dyke (drums).
They played many gigs with a keyboarder AND a pianist for a fatter sound.
◾1993-Bernd Ohnesorge (bass), Thomas Meltzer (lead guitar),
◾2005-Edwin Hettinger (keyboards),
Bernd Ohnesorge (bass), Mick Brady (drums), Heiko Siebert (lead guitar),
The AUTEURS album started off as concept piece that was to be called ESP Kids and Johnny and The Hurricanes is one of the remaining songs from that original idea and the record’s masterpiece. Totally mad arrangement but the whole thing manages to remain so bloody catchy at the same time. The South Will Rise Again displays skills with melody before two songs that could maybe described as mood pieces (Asti Spumante and Sick Of Hari Krisna). The albums closes with two fantastic songs Lights Out (again I find the acoustic version in the bonuses the better one) and Future Generation Auteurs “How I Learned To Love The Bootboys”
John thought HE was the Hurricanes…and never again, had the fame the earlier guys created.
Sopranos The Ride…
Elton John included Johnny and the Hurricanes’ sound in his recordings.
◾ It was in the 80’s…Johnny’s dad dies…brother drowns…he was being called an imposter…divorce….suicidal thoughts….he slept in empty European studios ON TOP on the drum riser or amps, so the rats and roaches wouldn’t get him…and he played for spare change in the subways there…..
◾He had gotten to the point of not even acknowledging former members years later when returning to some
country or other. “Oh…hi”, he’d say, and look away. And he took to calling everyone “Hey Bass!”…and, “YOU ! Guitar man !”
◾To be fair…his Swedish “Hurricanes” version, he stated, were the best musicians he’d ever had…and they lasted over 10 years.
◾One of the very last performances was Nov-Dec 2005 at the London Palladium. (London radio features Hurricane’s popularity)
◾He toasted his band…his new wife…told everyone how happy he was….and passed away in 5 months.
Pipeline Back issues… Pipeline Links page
Johnny and the Hurricanes… Hurricane Force…
Werner Voss (r.i.p) had Johnny Paris on Radio ‘NDR Hamburg’ a Rock and Roll show called Rock And Roll Museum. -1987
Johnny and the Hurricanes Poster (download)
This is a digital download of a poster relating to the Johnny and the Hurricanes history.
Rare and personal photographs assembled by lead guitarist Les Todd McDonald Sr 1963 to 1966.
High resolution pixels ready to be printed at your local photo dealer.
Features original members and members that worked with the Beatles in Hamburg, Germany, as well as historic book cover and new CD release photos.
$5.00 USD, 24″ X 36″.
Madison Wis. Bunny Hop 1964
Yeah…. we were all kickin’ it…..
Letter from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…