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#1: Johnny Paris, Saxophonist der Hurricanes R. I. P.

Posted on 2006-05-05 22:22:41 by Soeren Petersson

Bye bye, Johnny...

aus: rec.music.rock-pop.r+b.1950s


Article published Thursday, May 4, 2006

JOHN M. POCISK, 1940-2006
Saxophonist was Johnny & the Hurricanes' leader


John M. Pocisk, 65, known worldwide as Johnny Paris of Johnny & the
Hurricanes for such hit records as "Red River Rock" and "Beatnik Fly,"
died Monday in University Hospital at the University of Michigan Health
System, Ann Arbor.

He was in the hospital almost two months, but his illness and the cause
of death won't be known pending an autopsy, his son, Jeff, said.

Mr. Pocisk of Rossford, a tenor saxophonist, toured Europe regularly,
most recently Sweden in November.

"Over in Europe, he was still popular," his son said. "He liked that he
could come back here and have his own peace and be a regular guy and go
someplace else and be a star."

Mr. Pocisk was a Rossford High School student when he formed his first
band. His next group, the Orbits, developed a following. They backed a
vocal group on a demo tape. A management agency preferred the
musicians, who became Johnny & the Hurricanes.

"Crossfire," was a regional favorite in 1959. Big hits followed,
especially "Red River Rock," which, with its distinctive organ sound,
sold more than a million copies and reached No. 5 on charts in the
United States and No. 3 in Britain.

Johnny & the Hurricanes played the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962,
headlining a bill that included an unknown English group, the Beatles.

Mr. Pocisk later had his own record label. In the Toledo area through
the years, he sold real estate and owned an antique shop and a vending
machine business. He lived in Germany in the late 1980s and into the
'90s.

He was previously married to Sharon Venier Woodson.

Surviving are his wife, Sonja Reuter, whom he married in November,
1996; daughters, Sheri Sobel and Monica Morgan; son, Jeffrey Pocisk;
sister, Janice Gurtzweiler; brother, James Pocisk, and five
grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. Services will be private. Arrangements are
by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.

np: Johnny & The Hurricanes: Beatnik Fly

--
Down the road, Buddy, we'll catch up later..

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#2: Re: Johnny Paris, Saxophonist der Hurricanes R. I. P.

Posted on 2006-05-06 12:15:53 by KS Ulrich

Salut, Hallo, Hello,

hoffe für "Johnny" das er ein erfülltes Leben hatte - seine Musik
hat viele Menschen bezaubert. Dieser "saegende" SaxophonTon
z.Bsp. bei CROSSFIRE war R'n'R pur - Danke, JOHNNY, Thank You, Merci Bien .

- Adieu - Goodbay - mach et jut -
Karl


&quot;Soeren Petersson&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:soeren_petersson&#64;yahoo.de" target="_blank">soeren_petersson&#64;yahoo.de</a>&gt; schrieb im Newsbeitrag news:e3gc00$elu$<a href="mailto:1&#64;news.albasani.net..." target="_blank">1&#64;news.albasani.net...</a>
&gt; Bye bye, Johnny...
&gt;
&gt; aus: rec.music.rock-pop.r+b.1950s
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; Article published Thursday, May 4, 2006
&gt;
&gt; JOHN M. POCISK, 1940-2006
&gt; Saxophonist was Johnny &amp; the Hurricanes' leader
&gt;
&gt;
&gt; John M. Pocisk, 65, known worldwide as Johnny Paris of Johnny &amp; the
&gt; Hurricanes for such hit records as &quot;Red River Rock&quot; and &quot;Beatnik Fly,&quot;
&gt; died Monday in University Hospital at the University of Michigan Health
&gt; System, Ann Arbor.
&gt;
&gt; He was in the hospital almost two months, but his illness and the cause
&gt; of death won't be known pending an autopsy, his son, Jeff, said.
&gt;
&gt; Mr. Pocisk of Rossford, a tenor saxophonist, toured Europe regularly,
&gt; most recently Sweden in November.
&gt;
&gt; &quot;Over in Europe, he was still popular,&quot; his son said. &quot;He liked that he
&gt; could come back here and have his own peace and be a regular guy and go
&gt; someplace else and be a star.&quot;
&gt;
&gt; Mr. Pocisk was a Rossford High School student when he formed his first
&gt; band. His next group, the Orbits, developed a following. They backed a
&gt; vocal group on a demo tape. A management agency preferred the
&gt; musicians, who became Johnny &amp; the Hurricanes.
&gt;
&gt; &quot;Crossfire,&quot; was a regional favorite in 1959. Big hits followed,
&gt; especially &quot;Red River Rock,&quot; which, with its distinctive organ sound,
&gt; sold more than a million copies and reached No. 5 on charts in the
&gt; United States and No. 3 in Britain.
&gt;
&gt; Johnny &amp; the Hurricanes played the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962,
&gt; headlining a bill that included an unknown English group, the Beatles.
&gt;
&gt; Mr. Pocisk later had his own record label. In the Toledo area through
&gt; the years, he sold real estate and owned an antique shop and a vending
&gt; machine business. He lived in Germany in the late 1980s and into the
&gt; '90s.
&gt;
&gt; He was previously married to Sharon Venier Woodson.
&gt;
&gt; Surviving are his wife, Sonja Reuter, whom he married in November,
&gt; 1996; daughters, Sheri Sobel and Monica Morgan; son, Jeffrey Pocisk;
&gt; sister, Janice Gurtzweiler; brother, James Pocisk, and five
&gt; grandchildren.
&gt;
&gt; There will be no visitation. Services will be private. Arrangements are
&gt; by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.
&gt;
&gt; np: Johnny &amp; The Hurricanes: Beatnik Fly
&gt;
&gt; --
&gt; Down the road, Buddy, we'll catch up later..

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