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James Damiano


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James Damiano:

A skillful master of lyrics and melody, worked with Bob Dylan and Dylan’s organization from 79 to 92. Best known for the melody line and lyrical hook of Bob Dylan’s Grammy nominated “Dignity”.

In 1979 James originally from Freehold New Jersey drew the attention of the renowned CBS record producer John Hammond Sr. discoverer of , Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pete Seeger, Charlie Christian, Billy Holiday and Bruce Springsteen.

Throughout the 80’s James continued working and recording with band members Jimmy and Joey Voltaggio under the name “The Words”. Joey’s father an accomplished pianist who mentored Joey often played for President Kennedy at the white house.

Joey a pianist and guitarist played a regular gig at Johnny Cash’s Berkley Carteret Hotel lounge in Asbury Park NJ. across from Convention Hall.

While in Asbury James recruited Big Danny Gallagher to do dobro work on his songs and Danny brought in Mario Phillips in on electric. Big Danny seen here on the album cover with Bruce Springsteen was a great musician and very good friends with Bruce.
Their friendship dates back as far as before Bruce was signed to CBS Records.

Bruce was actually living with Danny at the time he was signed to Columbia Records by John Hammond Sr.

Damiano’s first recording was a live studio cut with James on acoustic, Jimmy Voltaggio on electric guitar and Earnest Carter from The E Street Band on drums. It was titled “Where Are You Jesus”, pure and simple straight up rock and roll. Voltaggio’s riffs where electrifying and Earnest Carter’s drumming was relentless.

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