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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Donnie Brooks born 6 February 1936

Donnie Brooks (John Dee Abohosh, February 6, 1936 – February 23, 2007) was an American pop music singer.

Donnie Brooks remains best known for the 1960 pop smash "Mission Bell," although he is also revered in rockabilly fan circles for the cult classic "Bertha Lou," recorded under the name Johnny

Faire. Born John Dee Abohosh in Dallas on February 6, 1936, he was later adopted by his stepfather and given the new surname Fairecloth. While growing up in southern California, he studied under the same vocal coach who previously instructed Eddie Fisher, and in high school made his professional debut on a classical music showcase broadcast by Ventura-based station KBCC.

After graduating from high school, Fairecloth earned his living singing at local clubs, fairs, and weddings, embracing rock & roll and in 1957 signing to local indie Fable Records to cut his debut single, "You Gotta Walk the Line," credited to Johnny Faire.
While cutting demos for the Surf label, he learned that contractual obligations were forcing friend and mentor Dorsey Burnette to abandon a completed track dubbed "Bertha Lou." Surf agreed to erase Burnette's vocal and insert Faire's performance instead, and while the resulting 1958 single earned scant attention on its original release, it is now revered as a lost classic of the rockabilly era. From there Faire adopted the alias Johnny Jordan long enough to record "Sweet, Sweet, Sweet" for the Jolt label, followed by a stint at Era, where he cut the rockabilly gem "Hollywood Party" under the tongue-in-cheek name Dick Bush. The record went nowhere, but Era owners Herb Newman and Lew Bidell were sufficiently impressed to keep the singer on the payroll -- however, they insisted on yet another name change, this time to the wry Donnie Brooks.


The first Donnie Brooks single, the melancholy ballad "White Orchid," proved his biggest hit to date, selling about 50,000 copies on the West Coast and topping the Australian pop charts. The follow-up, the Dorsey and Johnny Burnette castoff "Mission Bell," did far better, vaulting Brooks into the Billboard Top Ten and earning him his first gold record. A second Top 40 hit, "Doll House," followed at the end of 1960, and early the following year Brooks scored his final Hot 100 entry, "Memphis."

Subsequent singles including "Wishbone," "Boomerang," and "My Favorite Kind of Face" failed to reignite Brooks' career, and following the late-1962 release of "Cries My Heart," the label terminated his contract. Brooks spent the following year off the radar, but resurfaced in early 1964 on Reprise with "Gone." That same year, he appeared in the feature film Get Yourself a College Girl, but Beatlemania effectively spelled the end of his recording career and after one final Reprise effort, "Pickin' Up the Pieces," his tenure with the label came with a halt.

Brooks nevertheless maintained a busy live schedule, opening for the likes of Roy Orbison, Connie Francis, and the Dave Clark Five -- he even opened for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. in Lake Tahoe. In 1971, Brooks appeared as Jesus Christ in the rock opera Truth of Truths, later embracing Christianity. In the years to follow he produced and promoted oldies revival showcases, and continued touring until a serious car accident forced him into retirement in 2003.

 He died of a heart attack following a long illness on February 23, 2007. He was 71. (Info maimly All Music)


boppinbob said...

For Donnie Brooks - The Happiest go here:!QooQUa4Q!6qjLE3hIYYDgnpvAFRyK0eDNJOiE3ctijdHQfMqBJtY

1. All I Can Give
2. Baby Where Are You
3. Bertha Lou
4. Boomerang
5. Did You Ever See A Dream Walking
6. Doll House
7. Goodnight Judy
8. How Long
9. I Call Your Name
10. Just A Bystander
11. Memories Are Made Of This
12. Memphis
13. Mission Bell
14. Moon In Window
15. Oh You Beautiful Doll
16. P.S. I Love You
17. Round Robin
18. Someday
19. Sway And Move With The Beat
20. Sweet Lorraine
21. Tavern Song
22. Tell
23. That's Why
24. The Devil Ain't Man
25. The Question
26. Twinlight Time
27. Up To My Ears
28. What'd I Say
29. Wishbone
30. Your Little Boy's Come Home

zephyr said...

Hi Bob it is me again This album and Henson Cargill's I could'nt download from Mega I have tried at
different times of the day but no joy.I don't know why as i never used to have anybother with it.

boppinbob said...

Have checked both links and they work OK.