Johnny And The Hurricanes - Down Yonder / Sheba - Rock / Rockabilly 7" - 45

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Johnny And The Hurricanes - Down Yonder

Label: Barry
Catalog#: 45-3036
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Promo
Record is VG+

Country: US
Released: 1960
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock Rockabilly


A Down Yonder 2:05
Written-By - L. Wolfe Gilbert
B Sheba 2:10
Written By - P. King-I, Mack-F. Kelly-B. Emerson

The Hurricanes began as an Ohio combo formed in 1957 by a group of students from Toledo's Rossford Catholic High. The leader of the group was saxophonist Johnny Paris, born John Pocisk, 1940 in Walbridge, Ohio. Paris grew up listening to jazz greats until Bill Haley became popular using a combination guitar/sax backing. Paris formed the Orbits, a band that played on a few locally released recordings behind Mack Vickery, an obscure rockabilly singer.

The Orbits had something in common in music. None of the members wanted to sing.

In 1958, they felt that they had enough experience playing sock hops and local dances, so they went to Detroit to be interviewed by Harry Balk and Irving Micahnik of Artists, Inc., a management agency that handled Little Willie John and was currently having a hit with "Poor Boy" by the Royaltones. They signed a long term contract which led to engagements outside the Toledo area. In early 1959, now called Johnny and the Hurricanes, they signed with Micahnik and Balk's Twirl Records. Their first release was "Crossfire." When the record began having regional air play, the group's recording contract was leased to Warwick Records, a subsidiary of United Telefilm.

"Crossfire" was a medium sized hit nationally in the summer of 1959. The group's first, brief tour began in June in Cincinnati at Coney Island's Moonlight Gardens. The follow-up to "Crossfire" was a re-writing of "Red River Valley" called "Red River Rock." The sound of Johnny and the Hurricanes, for all its various components was very clean and each instrument was clearly heard. This would be a trademark of most of their recordings. "Red River Rock" sold a million copies and was followed by two similar singles "Reveille Rock" and "Beatnik Fly."

After a year with Warwick the group moved to Big Top Records in the summer of 1960. There was no change in musical direction. The first Big Top single was "Down Yonder" followed by "Rocking Goose", "Revival", and "You Are My Sunshine."
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