BMHOF Class of 1999
Perhaps best known for his creative style and innovative sound, John played clubs around Buffalo through the 60's and early 70's as the guitarist for The Rising Sons, Raven and the JR Weitz Band. With Raven he recorded an album for Columbia Records and the band was a regular at Steve Paul's "Scene", the club where all major recording artists hung out and jammed when they were in New York City.
In 1973 he took his high energy JR Weitz fusion band to San Francisco, where they played and recorded until the early 80's. The group recorded at Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland studio and released an album on Fantasy Records, which was produced by Billy Cobham. The recordings included Sheila E on percussion, Patrice Russian on keyboards and Eric Traub on horns. Live performances often included Niagara Falls native, Richard Kermode, who also worked with Janis Joplin and Santana.
His interest in Guitar gadgetry eventually spawned a career in digital electronics design. His first clients were Billy Sheehan and Santana. He has created many professional studio products, widely in use today, and has a half dozen patents on digital audio recording inventions.
John passed in 2012, his obituary is at http://www.crippenandflynnchapels.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=677978
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