Johnny and the Hurricanes


Led by John Matthew Pocisk.
Born August, 29th, 1940, Walbridge, Ohio, US.
Died May 1st, 2006, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US.


During the late fifties sax-player John Pocisk (who changed his surname into Paris) started one of the most succesfull instrumental groups ever. Early members included Dave Yorko (guitar), Paul Tesluk (organ), Butch Mattice (bass) and Tony Kaye (drums), soon to be replaced by former Royaltones drummer, Bill Savich.
Over a couple of years several superb instrumentals were recorded, often rocked up versions of well known songs. "Red River Rock" was a world-wide millionseller in 1959, and the same formula paid off for their subsequent singles on the Warwick and Big Top labels. Many of them turned out to be great two-siders. Three albums were released and their popularity in Europe was striking, especially in countries like Sweden, France, Germany and Great Britain.
Around 1962 the original members of the group had left, and John had to build a new line-up with Eddie Waganfeald (organ), Billy Marsh (guitar), Bobby Cantrell (bass) and Jay Drake (drums).
In 1963 the invasion of UK artists prevented more success for Johnny and the Hurricanes, and the move to a new label, Mala, did not help.
The booklet within the Atila CD tells us, that in 1995 Johnny and the Hurricanes were still touring and doing their gigs!
Fortunately their unique sound has been preserved on many vinyl records and in recent years several great CDs have become available.

Recommended CD listening:
“Live - volume 1” (US Atila CD 1034, released 1995)
“Red River Rock” (German Repertoire CD 4739, released 1999)
“Stormsville” (German Repertoire CD 4740, released 1999)
“The Big Sound Of” (German Repertoire CD 4741, released 1999)
On the Atila CD (produced by Johnny Paris) you'll find interesting live recordings, made on New Year's Eve, 1962. Location was the then famous Starclub in Hamburg, Germany.
The last 3 CDs reflect their 3 US Warwick / Big Top (UK London) LPs, with the addition of remaining recordings from the original 45's. Together, they include the total Warwick, Bigtop and Mala output plus the rare German recordings. Cleverly compiled by Repertoire Records!

The Warwick / Big Top / Mala years - selective vinyl discography

7" 45 rpm singles


date title                             ---- USA ---   --- Holland ---   --- Belgium ---   --- Germany ---   --- England ---

1959 Crossfire                         Warwick 502    London HL 8899                                        London HL 8899
     Lazy
 
     Red River Rock                    Warwick 509    London FL 1931     London 9.5.116   London DL 20283   London HL 8899
     Buckeye

     Reveille Rock                     Warwick 513    London HL 9017     London 9.5.140   London DL 20309   London HL 9017
     Time Bomb

1960 Beatnik Fly                       Warwick 520                       London 9.5.155                     London HLI 9072
     Sandstorm

     Beatnik Fly                                                                          London DL 20323
     Crossfire 

     Rockin' T                                                                            London DL 20346
     Sandstorm

     The "Hep" Canary                                                                     London DL 20422
     Corn  Bread

     Down Yonder                       Big Top 3036   London HLX 9134    London 9.5.170   Heliodor 453077   London HLX 9134
     Sheba

     Rockin' T                                                           London 9.5.185
     Catnip

     Rocking Goose                     Big Top 3051   London HLX 9190    London 9.5.188   Heliodor 453083   London HLX 9190
     Revival

     You Are My Sunshine               Big Top 3056   London FL 1970     London 9.5.208   Heliodor 453092
     Molly-O

1961 Ja-Da                             Big Top 3063   London FL 1982     London 9.5.224   Heliodor 453100   London HLX 9289
     Mr. Lonely

     High Voltage                      Big Top 3076   London HLX 9378    London 9.5.279                     London HLX 9378
     Old Smokie

     Old Smokie                                                                           Heliodor 453108
     Oh Du Lieber Augustin

     Farewell Farewell                 Big Top 3090                      London 9.5.340   Heliodor 453114   London HLX 9491
     Traffic Jam

1962 High Voltage                                                                         Heliodor 453120
     Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen

     Salvation                         Big Top 3103                      London 9.5.351                     London HLX 9536
     Miserlou

     San Antonio Rose                  Big Top 3113  London 9.5.362      London 9.5.362   Heliodor 453128
     Come On Train                                   /Decca 9.5.362

     The Sheik Of Araby                Big Top 3125                                       Heliodor 453135
     Minnesota Fats

1963 Minnesota Fats                                                                                         London HLX 9617
     Come On Train

     Greens And Beans                  Big Top 3132                      London   5.407   Heliodor 453140   London HLX 9660
     Whatever Happened To Baby Jane

     James Bond Theme                  Big Top 3146                                       Heliodor 453146
     The Hungry Eye

     Rough Road                        Big Top 3159                                       Heliodor 453143
     Kaw-Liga

1964 It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World      Mala 470      Stateside HSS 1113                   Columbia C 22649
     Shadows

     Money Honey                       Mala 483                                                             Stateside SS 347
     That's All

1965 San Antonio Rose                                London FLX 3150
     You Are My Sunshine

     Red River Rock                                  London FLX 3158
     Beatnik Fly

1967 Red River Rock                                                      London   5.621
     Buckeye

1968 Rocking Goose                                   London FLX 3209
     San Antonio Rose

     Reveille Rock                                                       London   5.633   
     Rocking Goose

     Rocking Goose                                                                                         London HLX 10199
     Beatnik Fly

1972 Red River Rock                                                                       London DL 20948
     Reveille Rock

     Crossfire                                                                            London DL 20949
     Sandstorm

1973 Beatnik Fly                                                                          London DL 20957
     Rockin' T

     Time Bomb                                                                            London DL 20958
     Buckeye



7" 45 rpm EPs


date title                             --- Sweden ---   --- Holland ---   ---- France ----   --- Germany ---   --- England ---

1959 "Red River Rock"                  London RE 5071                     London RE 10.034
     Red River Rock
     Buckeye
     Crossfire
     Lazy

1960 "Johnny And The Hurricanes Vol 1" London RE 5083
     Rock-Cha
     Joy Ride
     Reveille Rock
     Time Bomb

     "Johnny And The Hurricanes Vol 2" London RE 5084
     Storm Warning
     Bam-Boo
     Cut Out
     Thunderbolt

     "Johnny And The Hurricanes"       London RE 5090
     Beatnik Fly
     Sand Storm
     Big River *)
     The Chase *)

     "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                                          London RE 10.044
     Reveille Rock
     Time Bomb
     Beatnik Fly
     Sand Storm 

     "Stars And Hits No 7"                                                                   London RE 3036
     Red River Rock
     Buckeye
     Reveille Rock
     Time Bomb

     "Beatnik Fly"                                                                           London RE 3039
     Beatnik Fly
     Crossfire
     Sandstorm
     Lazy

     "Stormsville"                     London RE 5091
     Catnip
     Hot Fudge
     The "Hep" Canary
     Corn Bread

     "Johnny And The Hurricanes"       London RE 5098
     Milk Shake
     Cyclone
     Bean Bag
     Rockin' T

     "Rocking Goose"                   London RE 5105                     London REX 10.065
     Rocking Goose
     Revival
     Down Yonder
     Sheba

1961 "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                        London RE 7070
     Red River Rock
     Rockin' T
     Reveille Rock
     Beatnik Fly

     "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                                          London REX 10.077
     Ja-Da
     Mr. Lonely
     You Are My Sunshine
     Molly-O

     "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                                                             Heliodor 463041
     You Are My Sunshine
     Molly-O
     Bye Bye Blackbird
     Teensville Tonight

     "Rocking Goose"                                    London REX 1284                                        London REX 1284
     Rocking Goose
     You Are My Sunshine
     Ja-Da
     Down Yonder
     
1962 "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                                          London REX 10.116
     Miserlou
     Salvation
     Traffic Jam
     Farewell Farewell

     "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                                          Barclay 72564
     Come On Train
     San Antonio Rose
     Farewell Farewell
     Traffic Jam

1963 "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                                                                               London REX 1347
     Minnesota Fats
     Come On Train
     Beatnik Fly
     High Voltage

     "James Bond Theme"                Big Top BIG 101
     James Bond Theme
     The Hungry Eye
     The Sheik Of Araby
     Minnesota Fats
 
1964 "Johnny And The Hurricanes Vol 2"                                                                         London REX 1414
     James Bond Theme
     The Hungry Eye
     Rough Road
     Kaw-Liga

1980 "Johnny And The Hurricanes"                                                                               London HL 10578 **)
     Beatnik Fly
     Red River Rock
     Down Yonder
     Rocking Goose

*)  by Buddy Brennan Quartet
**) issued as a four track "maxi-single"

12" 33 rpm LPs


date title                             ---- USA ---   --- Germany ---   --- England ---

1960 "Red River Rock" Warwick 2007 London HA 2227 Red River Rock Happy Time Buckeye Cut Out Lazy Walking Crossfire Storm Warning Bam-Boo Thunderbolt Joy Ride Rock-Cha

1960 "Stormsville" Warwick 2010 London HAI 2269 Reveille Rock Milk Shake Cyclone Travellin' Bean Bag Rockin' T The Hungry Eye Hot Fudge Time Bomb Corn Bread Catnip The "Hep" Canary

1961 "The Big Sound Of" Big Top 1302 London HAX 2322 Molly-O You Are My Sunshine Like...Rock Beatnik Fly The Kid Bye Bye Blackbird Traffic Jam Teensville Tonight Mister Irving Sheba Tom's Tune Corn Pone

"The Big Sound Of" Heliodor 474013 Revival Salvation Oh Du Lieber Augustin Old Smokie Ja-Da Rocking Goose Down Yonder Sheba Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen High Voltage Bye Bye Blackbird Farewell Farewell

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