John “Juke” Logan
|John “Juke” Logan|
|Birth name||John Farrell Logan|
|Born||1954 (age 58–59)
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupations||Harmonicist, singer, pianist,songwriter|
|Instruments||Harmonica, vocals, piano|
|Years active||Mid 1970s – present|
|Labels||Razor & Tie, Mocombo|
John “Juke” Logan (born 1954) is an American electric blues harmonica player, singer, pianist and songwriter. He is best known for his harmonica playing on the theme music for television programs (Home Improvement and Roseanne) and films (Crossroads and La Bamba). In addition to playing on many other musicians’ work, Logan has released four solo albums, and written songs for Poco, John Mayall and Gary Primich.
Biography[edit source | editbeta]
John Farrell Logan was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. He gained his nickname, following his constant playing of Little Walter‘s track, “Juke“. He originally learned to play the piano, and instigated his own groups the Angel City Rhythm Band, which was later known as the Juke Rhythm Band.
His early career saw Logan work as a backing musician for Dobie Gray, Leon Russell and by the latter half of the 1980s, Dave Alvin. In addition, Logan’s songwriting credits include John Mayall’s “Fanning the Flames”, Poco’s “Starin’ At The Sky” (co-penned with Timothy B. Schmit), plus Gary Primich’s “The Sound of Money Talkin'” and “Hustler”. In 1984, he worked with Ry Cooder on the soundtrack for the film,Streets of Fire. His own debut album, The Chill, was released in 1995, and after moving to his own Mocombo Records, followed this with Juke Rhythm (1999), the live album, Live as It Gets (1999), and his most recent offering, The Truth Will Rock You (2005). Until 2000, Logan co-hosted a Los Angeles based weekly radio program, The Friday Night Blues Revue, with Ellen Bloom.
Amongst many such efforts, Logan’s harmonica work has appeared on The Dickies‘ Second Coming (1989), Richard Marx‘s Rush Street (1991), Gary Primich’s My Pleasure (1992) and Travellin’ Mood (1994),Heather Myles‘s Untamed (1995), John Mayall‘s Spinning Coin (1995), John Lee Hooker‘s Don’t Look Back (1997), Doug MacLeod‘s Unmarked Road (1997), Adam Sandler‘s 1997 vintage, What’s Your Name?, plus Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors (2000), Sugar Ray‘s Sugar Ray (2001), “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s 2003 album, Poodle Hat, Etta James‘s Blues to the Bone (2004) and J. J. Cale‘s Roll On (2009).
Discography[edit source | editbeta]
|1995||The Chill||Razor & Tie Music|
|1999||Live as It Gets||Mocombo|
|2005||The Truth Will Rock You||Mocombo|
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References[edit source | editbeta]
- ^ a b c d e f Char Ham. “John “Juke” Logan”. Allmusic. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
- ^ a b Michael Ventura. “John “Juke” Logan”. Mocomborecords.com. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- ^ a b “John “Juke” Logan Biography”. Oldies.com. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- ^ “Allmusic ((( John “Juke” Logan > Credits )))”.
- ^ a b Dan Gibson. “Meet the Visitors – A number of touring musicians are joining the Club Crawl® party”. Clubcrawl.ning.com. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- ^ Chip Eagle. “Rick Holmstrom, John “Juke” Logan, Stephen Hodges: Twist-O-Lettz”. Bluesrevue.com. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- ^ “John “Juke” Logan > Discography > Main Albums”. Allmusic. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
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