1981, Gypie Mayo
left Dr. Feelgood. Their
management, in the form of a discreet advert in the Melody Maker,
announced they wanted to recruit a new guitarist :
"Enthusiastic guitarist wanted for established R & B
Sixty guitarists were auditioned.
Johnny got the job. He stayed with the Feelgoods till December 1982.
Only one Dr. Feelgood
album was released with Johnny: "Fast Women &
Slow Horses", which was released in October 1982 on CHISWICK
There were also 2 singles, with non album tracks.
Johnny was joined in DR Feelgood by ex-Bishops' bassist, Pat McMullan, when The Big Figure and John B. Sparks left.
Unfortunately this line up with 2 ex-musicians of The (COUNT) BISHOPS
only lasted from April till December 1982.
Guitar (1st MidLife Crisis concert)
Then, we find Johnny backing Bill Hurley, the great singer of The
Inmates. He plays
guitar on Bill's solo album, "Double Agent", in
1985. He also co-produced it.
Johnny also appears on Bill Hurley's "Angel To
Memphis (A Tribute To Elvis)" (on "Unchained
Melody" which was recorded during the "Double Agent"
Recently, John was featured on a DR FEELGOOD compilation
album called "Finely Tuned - The Guitar Album" which
includes 5 tracks with his nice guitar playing (one of them is an unissued
tracks from 1982: "Alimony").
Now, John lives in Orlando, Florida (U.S.A.) where he works as a
financial consultant and stockbroker.
John still plays guitar with his band, MIDLIFE CRISIS: they
play sixties stuff and blues. But "just for fun", as John says.
The band is : Johnny Guitar (guitar, vocals), Dave Darling (vocals,
percussion), Glenn Weinman (bass, vocals), Steve Phillips (guitar, keyboards,
vocals) and Gary Riccardi (drums).