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Johnny Fortune

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Johnny Fortune. 1943-2006


Since the release of his first smash hit, “Soul Surfer, in 1963, Johnny Fortune has made his presence known in the music industry. He has played guitar on record for such recording artists as: Sam Cooke, Bargara George (I Know), and Terry Stafford. He and his band have appeared on such popular TV shows as: “Shindig”, 9th St. West, and “The Lloyd Thaxton Show,” during the early to mid 1960s.

The Johnny Fortune Band has contained such recording artists as “Rock Entrepreneur” Sammy Hager, Al “The Snake” Wilson (Show and Tell) and Terry Stafford as members. Shows have been performed with artists such as The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Dick & Dee Dee. Barbara Mandrell and Ricky Nelson.

During the mid 1970s, the band embarked on what turned out to be a 3-1/2 year U.S. tour with Terry Stafford. Stafford’s monster hit “Suspicion” in 1964 earned him a gold record and a #2 national hit. This tour saw the band at such popular local show places as The Troubador, The Whiskey Au Go-Go and Gazzari’s on the strip. They broke away to do a show with Ricky Nelson during the tour called “A Country Concert Outdoors” at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas.



In 1977 the band and Stafford entered the Atlantic Records Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and recorded Stafford’s “Amarillo By Morning” LP. The album met with a modest national success and helped set up appearances at L.A.’s Palomino Club. During thus stint the band not only backed Terry Stafford, But also such talents as Barbara Mandrell and Jerry Reed!

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