Chanteur Rockabilly US né John L. Pavlik en Mai 1938 à Detroit (Michigan). Johnny Powers a débuté en enregistrant un single à ses propres frais pour le label Fortune Records. En 1957, Johnny signe chez Fox Records puis en 1959 avec la Sun Records, sans succès. Il a aussi enregistré pour Hi Q, Tee Pee, Olympic, Fox et Roller Coaster.

Rockabilly artist Johnny Powers' story is one of the more intriguing the genre has to offer. Born John Leon Joseph Pavlik in 1938 in East Detroit, MI, he was the oldest of five children. The family later moved to the small town of Utica, MI, north of Detroit, where he was raised. Pavlik was exposed to music from an early age by members of his father's family, which included several amateur and semi-professional musicians who played weddings and local dances. It was country music, however, that first drew Pavlik into music on a personal level; he discovered Lonnie Barron, a veteran country singer with a show on local radio and would listen and try to play along with a guitar that he'd bought for $2.50 from a neighbor. He later got some helpful instruction from Marvin Maynard, a professional musician who lived in Utica. In 1954, at age 16, Pavlik joined Jimmy Williams and the Drifters, a local country band that played at a local venue called Bill's Barn and got a featured radio spot on a radio station out of Marine City, MI. He also played on one single cut by the band, but it wasn't long before rock & roll attracted Pavlik. It was Jack Scott's single, "Baby She's Gone," that drew him into rock & roll.
Courtesy of Jimmy Williams' brother Russ, Pavlik discovered Elvis Presley when he was still a Memphis-based phenomenon, and his current single was "Milk Cow Blues Boogie," which really interested him, as a country song with a rock & roll beat. Soon he was adding the beat to his own country songs, and in 1957, Johnny Powers, as he was now known, got an audition with Fortune Records in Detroit. He paid $100 for his own session to record a pair of songs, "Honey, Let's Go to a Rock and Roll Show" b/w "Your Love" on the Hi-Q label. A black deejay named Ernie Durham played his record on WJLB, and Johnny Powers was one of the few white artists who would play the record hops that Durham sponsored. He later 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. 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. Among his strongest work from this period were a pair of originals, "Mama Rock" and "Indeed I Do," cut for Leedon. On both, he sounds like the young, wild Elvis Presley that just arrived at RCA, and the group sings uncannily like the Jordanaires on the latter track.
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." Still active today, Johnny Powers is proof positive of rock's ability to produce a true survivor who also is a true believer in the strength that lies within the music itself.

http://www.johnnypowers.com

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Producer

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll

ME AND MY RHYTHM GUITAR (Sun unissued)

ROCK ROCK

WITH YOUR LOVE, WITH YOUR KISSES

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

08/1957 SP FORTUNE 199 (US) . Johnny POWERS & His ROCKETS - Honey Let's Go (To A Rock And Roll Show) / Your Love
1957 SP FOX GB-916/7 (US) . Johnny POWERS with The BAND OF STAN GETZ & TOM CATS - Long Blond Hair , Red Rose Lips / Rock Rock
09/1959 SP SUN 327 (US) . With Your Love, With Your Kisses / Be Mine All Mine
1965 SP HI-Q 5044 (US) . Rock The Universe (Dell VAUGH with The FORTUNE AIRES) / Honey Let's Go (To A Rock And Roll Show) (Johnny POWERS & His ROCKETS)
196? SP DRIFTER 101 (US) . Teardrops And Memories / Rainbow Heart
19?? SP TEE PEE 398 (US) . Seventeen / You're Me To Blame
19?? SP SKOKIE 202 (US) . Echo From The Past / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
19?? EP ? (US) Johnny "Scat" BROWN - Indeed I Do / Mama Rock / Purple People Eater / Witch Doctor
1989 EP NORTON RCEP 107 (US) Long Blond Hair / Rock Rock / Mama Rock / Waiting For You
1992 SP NORTON 016 (US) Johnny POWERS & The A-BONES - Mama Rock / New Spark

Albums

1986 LP 12" ROLLERCOASTER ROLL 2010 (UK) ROCK ! ROCK ! ROCK !  - Long Blond Hair, Red Rose Lips / Rock Rock / Honey Let's Go (To A Rock And Roll Show) / Your Love / I'm Walkin' / Treat Me Right / Be-Bop-A-Lula / Mean Mistreater / I'm Evil / With Your Love, With Your Kiss / Be Mine, All Mine / Me And My Rhythm Guitar / Waiting For You / Oh So Far Away / Kiss-A-Me Baby / Falling Star / The Bigger They Are / Please Return My Love / Somebody's Gonna Hurt You / Seventeen
1986 LP 12" ROLLERCOASTER ROLL 2010 (UK) ROCK ! ROCK ! ROCK ! WITH JOHNNY POWERS - Long Blond Hair, Red Rose Lips / Rock Rock / Honey Let's Go (To A Rock And Roll Show) / Your Love / I'm Walkin' / Treat Me Right / Be-Bop-A-Lula / Mean Mistreater / I'm Evil / With Your Love, With Your Kiss / Be Mine, All Mine / Me And My Rhythm Guitar / Waiting For You / Oh So Far Away / Kiss-A-Me Baby / Falling Star / The Bigger They Are / Please Return My Love / Somebody's Gonna Hurt You / Seventeen
11/1993 CD NORTON 229 (US) LONG BLOND HAIR - Long Blonde Hair / Rock Rock / Mama Rock / Someone's Gonna Hurt You / Mean Mistreater / Waitin' For You / Honey Let's Go (To A Rock And Roll Show) / Your Love / Be-Bop-A-Lula / Don't Go Away / Waitin' For You / Treat Me Right / Indeed I Do / Oh So Far Away / Trouble / Waitin' For You / With Your Love, With Your Kiss / Be Mine, All Mine / Don't Lie To Me / Waitin' For You / Me And My Rhythm Guitar / I'm Walkin' / Waitin' For You
05/1994 CD SCHOOLKIDS 1515 (US) NEW SPARK (FOR AN OLD FLAME) - (Johnny POWERS & George CLINTON) - Rattled / Rock Around The World / Something About You / Rocker Billy / Bigger Heartaches / Trouble / Please, Please Do / It'll Be Me / Honky Tonkin' Saturday Night / You Win Again / Singing The Blues / Stuck On You / Love To Burn, Heartaches To Kill / A New Spark (For An Old Flame) / Love Business / Say It / Help Me I'm In Need / Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go / Work With Me Annie / Walkin' The Dog / Blue Moon Of Kentucky
01/1997 CD OVERTURE 30027 (US) ROCKABILLY BLAST - LIVE - Rattled / Trouble / Bigger Headaches / You Win Again / It'll Be Me / She Knows It / Mama Rock / That's Alright Mama / Honky Tonkin' Saturday Night / With Your Love, With Your Kiss / Be Mine / Fool Such As I / Whole Lotta Shakin' / Waitin' For You / Mean Mistreater / Whenever You're Ready / Rocker Billy / Great Balls Of Fire / Rock Rock / Long Blond Hair / Seven Nights To Rock
02/2003 CD ROLLERCOASTER 3020 (UK) ROCKABILLY BLAST - LIVE - Rattled / Trouble / Bigger Headaches / You Win Again / It'll Be Me / She Knows It / Mama Rock / That's Alright Mama / Honky Tonkin' Saturday Night / With Your Love, With Your Kiss / Be Mine / Fool Such As I / Whole Lotta Shakin' / Waitin' For You / Mean Mistreater / Whenever You're Ready / Rocker Billy / Great Balls Of Fire / Rock Rock / Long Blond Hair / Seven Nights To Rock
04/2003 CD WHITE SWAN / JET-EYE 2 (US) I WAS THERE WHEN IT HAPPENED
2008 2 CD ROLLERCOASTER RCCD 3038 (UK) Long Blond Hair :
CD 1 : Long Blond Hair / Rock Rock / Honey Let's Go (To A Rock 'n' Roll Show) / Your Love / I'm Walkin' / Treat Me Right / Be-Bop-A-Lula / Mean Mistreater / Trouble (I'm Evil) / With Your Love, With Your Kiss / Be Mine All Mine / Me And My Rhythm Guitar / Waitin? For You / Oh So Far Away / Kiss-A-Me Baby / Falling Star / The Bigger They Are (The Harder They Fall In Love) / Please Return My Love / Someone's Gonna Hurt You / Seventeen / Mama Rock / Indeed I Do / Waitin' For You / Don't Go Away / Trouble (I'm Evil) / Don't Lie To Me / Waiting For You / Won't You Please, Pretty Baby / Rosalee / But Now That It's Over / I Believe She Loves Me Too / I Need Your Lovin' Baby / I Got A Girl Who Knows How To Live / Everybody Says That I'm A Lucky Guy / Well I Got Troubles / I'll Take That Chance / Tell Me That You Care / Indeed I Do
CD 2 : New Spark For An Old Flame / Mama Rock / Your Cheatin' Heart / Matchbox / Waitin' For You / Corrine, Corrina / Waitin' For You / Endless Love / My Love, My Life / I Was There When It Happened / Good Gracious Me / Ring, Damn You, Ring / Long Blond Hair / Thought I Heard Something / My And My Rhythm Guitar / Till Honky Gets Tonky Again / I Haven't Learned My Lesson Yet / Anything You Say / Doo-Wop Shang-A-Lang / Three Little Words / Ooooh Give It To Me Baby / Everybody's Got A Dream / Just One Kiss / I'll Come Back To You

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