and also on Facebook… Johnny and the Hurricanes USA Group !
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They Started a Crossfire Hurricane !
Johnny said he had 300 guys in his band…
Actually, it was 100 or so…
1959- Johnny Paris, saxophone, RIP 5-2003.
Paul Tesluk, Hammond organ, RIP 8-2022. Paul Tesluk original J&H keyboards, returned a much welcomed call. I called him back and had a great discussion !
Dave Yorko , lead guitar, Rip 2017,
Social Media in Toledo Ohio. – Dave starts at 1:12 –
Butch Mattice on bass. RIP 2006. Butch plays bass on my favorite Hurricanes’ tune.
Some Toledo Radio listeners wanted to see the DJs who supported this show…
Earliest drummers include Don Staczek, 1959, seen here with a “much-sought-after” autographed
and Bill “Little Bo” Savich RIP 1-4-2002
Tommy Curran, Bass from the Raging Storms.
Louis H Carr, 1959 (guitar)RIP 1-8-2010, also from Raging Storms band.
( 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 ! ….. On their big hit song “ Reveille Rock ”
Billy Butler (studio guitarist) 1960 plays his big hit Honky Tonk. All the young guitarists I know were learning it as well as they could. My friend, Bill Stewart, did a very good rendition at the 2002 Former Hurricanes reunion in Toledo…
Lynn Bruce (drums) 1960, Below, color picture from 1961
Below, Color photo from 1964
Jim Pocisk aka Jim Drake 1960 (drums) – Johnny Paris’ Brother, RIP ….
Rod Cox Richards 1960 (future guitar player for the Rare Earth),
Chuck Seiple, 1960, on the bass.
Bobby Ignatowski 1960, on bass. Bobby told me that the Beatles asked him which song they should open with in America. He told them, ” She Loves You “… because, Bobby said, ” He thought that the German version sounded risque when hearing the title sung, and THAT would be ‘catchy’ to Americans.”
Jim Robinson (drums), Eddie Waller (bass), Chuck -Little Chuck- Chittenden, 1961
Edward Waganfeald, 1961 RIP 2018 (organ),
Billy Marsh, 1961 aka William Wolfe (guitar),
Bruce Sherer, 1961 RIP 1981 (drums).
Jerry Pynckel 1961 lead guitar, Butch left the group first, Paul stayed on leaving the group later. Lynn Bruce left the group at an even later date. Butch was replaced with Chuck Seiple, Paul was replaced with Eddie Waganfeald and Lynn Bruce was replaced with drummer Jim Robinson and then Johnny’s brother, Jim-Drake-Pocisk. Chuck Seiple left the group and was replaced for a short time with Eddie Waller. All were from Toledo. This line-up spiral began in early 1961 or late 1960. [ Leaving Johnny and the Hurricanes, which was something I did not want to do… but had to, has ended up as one of the biggest regrets of my life. Jerry Pynckel ]
1964 Paul, Sonny Brickman ( bass )
1964 Ray Whelan ( organ ) RIP 2019
1964 Ron Crosser… Lead Guitar
Hurricanes play in Berlin. 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.
Johnny and the Hurricanes return to the USA to tour in their new Dodge/trailer vehicle. Three of the guys quit the band,
“You got it now…LES !”
The future of the band was going to depend on vocals. Johnny hired two decent singers. If Johnny was going to succeed he needed to perform, write and record vocals like the newest wave hitting the rock and roll scene…
Joining the Hurricanes, as drummer, is
Frank “Butch” Cook ….
then, Les Todd McDonald Sr. [aka Les Long, here],
hired as lead guitar and lead singer,
to take Ron Crosser’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), 1964-1966
◾ Doug Gifford (drums) 1966 to 1967
The Catholic Club, in Toledo, Ohio, was one of the last gigs I played with the Hurricanes. 1966
Mike Baginski (guitar) 1966
Tom Turvey (bass) 1966
Larry Hutchison (guitar)
Brian Sauer, 1966 ( B-3 ),
Bill Stewart, 1967 (guitar)
1967 Paul Cappellety -RIP- (bass),
1967-Gary Bellaire -RIP- (organ),
A few decades later, Gary Bellaire, Paul Cappelletty, Bill Stewart and I… played in a very successful rock band in Toledo, Ohio… The fire department shut down our nightclub because of over capacity. lol
John Louicki, 1967 (guitar),
◾1968-Bob Lee Currier (bass),
I went to high school with Bobby Lee. I watched his dad perform at a local country bar when I was 12, and with my parents. Bobby and me got together after we had both played in the Hurricanes, at one time time or another, and we had a great country-rock group for several years. A popular TV show in Toledo, Ohio asked us to be on their feature one day. It was a very fun time in our lives as old, close friends.
Dave Metzker Brian Sauer (Sour) Mike Miller 1968
Arnie Elton- Keyboards 1968
1969- Osie Bucklin (drums) RIP August 25, 2013
1969- Jim Butler (lead guitar) RIP 2006
◾1970-Ken Sahadi RIP 4-8-2015 (bass),
1970, Dave Shofar (Keyboards),
■ 1970- Scott Covrett, (guitar)
Chuck LeVally, (drums), 1970 RIP 8-1-85
Ken, Dave, Scott and Chuck were featured in the Rolling Stones Magazine Picture !
◾1971-Dennis Scarbrough (drums)
1974 Jeff Eggert (drums)
Hal ” CHOPS ” Hedges, 1973 keyboards RIP at 43…
Jerry David Stoval, 1973
Perry Palmer, 1973 (drums)
◾1973-Duane Thomas (guitar),
Vince Perna (organ) Gary Bellaire and Vince Perna
Ralph Terrana, 1973 (keyboards) ,
Doug Perkins, 1973 (guitar),
Bob Nyswonger, 1973 (bass),
Rob Shannon, 1973 ( drums )
Dave Athanas, 1973 (second guitar), Dave, drums,
◾Tom Martin, 1973 (guitar) ,
Dwight Grifka, 1973 (organ )
Mike Counterman, 1975 Lead guitar… RIP July 12, 2016,
Timothy Richter ,1977 (bass) ,
Mike Shaw (organ)◾1978-Marc Kruger (guitar),
Ted Sotnyk, 1978 (drums)
◾1980-Tony Raw (bass) , Johnny Paris, Mick Brady (drums), Steve Clark [Eddy] 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),
Mick Brady, Heiko Siebert (lead guitar),