Donnie Brooks 1936-2007

Blue Stew mail@bluestew.com
Sat Jun 23 05:42:13 EDT 2007


Bobby Day did Rockin Robin. There's a pic of him with Donnie here>  
http://www.rockabillyhall.com/DonnieBrooksPhotos.html right below Brenda 
Lee and Fabian.
mike

Rockin Robin


Kate Hart wrote:
> I produced a festival in Seattle years ago that included Donnie Brooks
> "Legends of Rock and Roll."  It included Mike Pinera (Iron Butterfly who was
> amazing), Al Wilson and many others that I just can't remember (Who was the
> guy that did Rockin Robin?).  But the way we did it was take a different
> local band and put them behind each act.....it was really cool.  Donnie was
> quite a pro.
> Kate
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> Nobody told me!! Don'tcha hate it when a friend or aquaintence dies and 
> you find out by reading the obits? Ya gotta give 'em the roses ya 
> know...I was just browsing the Rock-a-Billy HOF and saw that Donnie 
> passed. http://www.rockabillyhall.com/DonnieBrooks.html  Donnie Brooks 
> AKA Johnny Faire AKA Dick Bush was a pop singer/actor that had a few 
> hits  early '60s. He had the rockabilly hits "Hollywood Party" and 
> "Bertha Lou" under the name, Johnny Faire. His friend, Dorsy Burnette 
> had him come in the sing it with the Johnny Burnette trio cuz they were 
> still under contract with Coral. Donnie used the name Johnny Faire. Then 
> he had a coupla' top tens, "Mission Bell" (I think reached 6) and "Doll 
> House", under Donnie Brooks.
>
> Smooth talking, quick wit, powerful voice and knew how to take charge of 
> an audience. Donnie was one of the most influential people in my music 
> career. I was so young I lied about my age to play CA night clubs. He 
> was always in a good mood. Except for the night his father died. He had 
> Johhny Moore and the Drifters cover for him. For one, he knew 
> every-frikn-body in the biz! Although he knew a lotta blues singers (he 
> got me the Big Joe Turner gig), he never was one himself. He was always 
> too happy. Wish I woulda' stayed in touch more.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnie_Brooks
> mike
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