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John M “Johnny Paris” Pocisk

  • Birth 29 Aug 1940 Walbridge, Wood County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 1 May 2006 Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Calvary Cemetery
  • Memorial ID 14170431

John M. Pocisk (aka) Johnny Paris, leader of Johnny and the Hurricanes.

He played saxophone and was the leader of the rock band Johnny & the Hurricanes of the 50's thru the 90's
He was known worldwide as Johnny Paris of Johnny & the Hurricanes.

The group made such hits as "Red River Rock", "Buckeye", "Beatnik Fly" and "Crossfire"...

Mr Pocisk lived in Rossford, Ohio. He played the tenor sax and toured Europe regularly, most recently appearing in Sweden, November 2005. Johnny and the Hurricanes were still very popular in Europe.
He attended Rossford High School, near Toledo, Ohio, where he was a student when he formed his first band, the "Black Cats". His next band was the Orbits and they developed a following.

They backed a vocal group on a demo tape, and the agency liked the musicians. A recording followed and they became known as Johnny & the Hurricanes.

Crossfire was a favorite in 1959, Big hits followed.. "Red River Rock", with the organ sound, sold more then a million records and reached #5 on the music charts in the United States and # 3 in Britain.

The band played the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962 headlining a bill that included an unknowm English group, "The Beatles." Johnny later put out an album called " Johnny and the Hurricanes Live at the Star Club Volume 2", where they did Beatles songs and later, in the states, billed themselves as "The American Beatles".

Me Pocisk later had his own record label in the Toledo area and through the years, sold real estate. He had an antique shop for just a couple of years. John divorced his first wife, Sharon Venier Woodson, in 1980 and remarried Sonja Reuter.
He lived in Germany in the late 1980's into the 1990's.

Husband of: Sonja Reuter. "He also bred bull mastiffs under the Lion Heart kennel with me for more than a decade."

Father of: Sheri Sobel,Monica Morgan,and Jeffery Pocisk.

Brother of: Janice Gurtzweiler, and James Pocisk

Grandfather of: 5.

The Sujkowski Funeral Home handled the Arrangements.

John M. Pocsik age 65, passed away on Monday May 1, 2006, of sepsis, pneumonia and pancytopenia treated splenectomy, in VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.


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  • Created by: Tom
  • Added: 4 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14170431
  • Leslie McDonald Sr.
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John M “Johnny Paris” Pocisk (29 Aug 1940–1 May 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14170431, citing Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Tom (contributor 16888682) .