BMHOF Class of 1997
A skilled songwriter, singer and musician, John has been performing in his hometown of Buffalo, for over 30 years and has released over a dozen albums on various labels. At 15 his band, The KB Buddies, released the instrumental "The Beetle", which made its way into the Top 40. The KB Buddies were the opening act at local record hops for artists such as Santo & Johnny, Brian Highland and Little Stevie Wonder. When The Dick Clark Caravan come to town, they opened for The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Jan & Dean, Bobby Vee and Gene Pitney.
John was a member of Barbara St Clair and The Pinkooshins, a popular 60's club band that recorded for Mercury Records. In 1973 Amherst Records signed him as their first artist, releasing the album "Love Not Guaranteed", followed by several singles with the label, including a remade of Buddy Holly's "Raining in my Heart", backed by the Cincinnati Philharmonic. He also released the single The Ballad of Evel Knievel (produced by Ron Kramer), as part of an album dedicated to the stuntman. Kramer assisted John with two additional singles and he worked with Gary Mallaber on recordings at A&M Studios, which included the "Has Anybody Seen America" single.
John operated a club with his name, where nightly he performed his original material and a mixture of country, folk, ethnic and music from every decade. The walls of the club paid tribute to entertainment, displaying an array of sheet and autographed pictures from celebrities, with whom John was acquainted.
Back - 1997