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Johnny Paris
Birth: Aug. 29, 1940
Walbridge
Wood County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 1, 2006
Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA

Musician. Born John M. Pocisk, he was the founder, leader and saxaphonist in the group Johnny and the Hurricanes. He began playing saxaphone in high school and soon formed his own groups The Black Cats and then The Orbits. In the late 1950s he took the band to Detroit, where they were offered their first recording contract as "Johnny and the Hurricanes" while performing backup for another local group from Toledo. Their signature sound of tenor sax and organ produced such hits as "Crossfire", "Red River Rock", "Reveille Rock", "The Beatnik Fly", "Rocking Goose" and many others. Paris created his own record publishing company Serius 1, as well as the Jeff and Atila record labels to distribute his work. After a six decade-long career, he was the only original member in the Hurricanes' constantly changing lineup. His last stage performance was on a Swedish tour in 2005. He died of sepsis and pneumonia at 65. Paris stated in an interview that "Once I knew what stardom was, I've worked toward it again all these years. If it never happens again, I can at least say I was there and I was somebody." (bio by: RO) 
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Toledo
Lucas County
Ohio, USA
 
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Originally Created by: RO
Record added: Jul 25, 2007
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Johnny Paris
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Johnny Paris
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Johnny Paris
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