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Johnny was born in Fairview, New Jersey. From the earliest age he
always wanted to be a singer. Starting his training in opera at a
young age, he was recognized as a child prodigy.
Then Johnny switched to the big band sound. And at 19 he moved to
Hollywood and started up with the Rock'n'Roll scene. Johnny's
first record was "So Lovable", at the age of 20. He recorded
a Hit chart 45 record of "Rockin' Billy," which he performed
on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Johnny had one of those
very rare voices and had a remarkable fresh style of singing
and sparked the interest of several different record labels.
When Johnny was on the Crystalette records, he had many
fan clubs in Hollywood.
After Johnny appeared on American Bandstand, Johnny met Mark
Traversino at a club in Southgate, California, where he was
appearing with his Band. Johnny jammed with Mark and his Band.
Johnny's voice blew Mark away and he told Johnny to look him
up in a couple of months, because he would be opening up his
own night club, called "The Samba". Johnny worked at that club
for about a year. He then went on to perform the circuit of
night clubs in the Los Angeles area. Johnny continued his
professional relationship with Mark for many years. They
worked and wrote many songs together. Mark is Johnny's
best friend to this day. Johnny toured all over the U.S.
doing local T.V. Shows including Louisiana Hayride, which
Elvis also performed on before Johnny. He also opened for
Gene Vincent on his show, singing "Rockin' Billy" with
Elvis's former Band, The Bill Black Combo. Johnny also
worked with Eddy Cochran and Ritchie Valens.
Through the years, Johnny recorded for Crystalette and
Luna Records. He went on to tour throughout the U.S. and
Canada with many of the Top Pop Rock Stars, such as Connie
Francis, Frankie Avalon and Paul Anka. Returning to Hollywood,
he worked clubs all over L.A., from Beverly Hills to the
famous Sunset Strip. Then his career led him back to NY,
to work the well known nightclubs: The Copacabana,
El Morocco and the Latin Quarter. He also performed at
the Apollo Theater, to standing ovations. Very few
singing artists could make the crossover from pop music
to Rock'n'Roll and R&B like Johnny could do. When
Johnny was called back to perform at the Hollywood Palladium,
he went back in the studio and recorded "Good, Good, Woman"
and "I don't need no doctor" for Gene Norman's Crescendo
Records, which was another chart record for Johnny.
He stayed in the L.A. area, where he was in great demand at all
the popular hot spots in town. Major Hotel Casinos in Las Vegas,
Tahoe and Reno soon beckoned Johnny to come and perform for his
loving fans. In 1975 he did a recording of the James Brown song
I Feel Good" with the Tonight Show Band led by Tommy Neusom
with the help of the famous Jazz Pole winner, Bassist "Chubby
Jackson" and his son Duffy Jackson, who was then working
with Sammy Davis Jr as his Drummer.
At present, Johnny has teamed up with the fabulous Singer,
Sheri Livingston. They have been doing shows, in the New
York City area to rave reviews. They have been performing
Coast to Coast, from New York to Las Vegas to rave reviews.
This singing duo is headed to the top.
Below are some of the records that Johnny Stark has recorded ...
On Juvenile Jungle: "Rockin'Billy", "Drivin' Me Out Of My Mind"
On Jumpin' Jive: "Rock, Baby, Roll," "Cold Coffee."
On Hot Rockin': "I Wanna See You."
Tons of other collector CD's including: Buffalo Bop,
Doghouse CD 003, Out Of Time LP 8013 USA LP 57592, Jan/Star
Club CD 1979.
Below are numerous CD's Johnny has recorded on Crystalette
Records. "Teenage Lovers", written by Sonny Bono of Sonny
and Cher. "I wanna See You", Little Boy Blues", Rockin'
Billy" and "Drivin' Me Out Of My Mind".
WHAT'S JOHNNY DOING NOW??
Johnny teamed up with Singer/Performer, Sheri Livingston.
They have been
together for nine years thrilling audiences
from Coast to Coast.
Sheri & Johnny
Sheri and Johnny have had wonderful singing careers of their own through the years, before
meeting nine years ago in Las Vegas. With the beautiful blend of their voices, their
combined talent and years of experience, it was natural that they join together to form
one of the hottest new singing acts, "Sheri & Johnny".
Sheri and Johnny's sound takes their audiences on a magic,
musical carpet ride, through
time and space, with music from the "Good Old Days" and back to the present, with some of
the greatest songs ever written, from Standards to Lite Rock, Motown, R&B and even a bit
Sheri Livingston and her twin sister, Syd were born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Their
Mother, Dorothy Jo Livingston, a Big Band singer, taught them to sing at three years old
and taught Syd harmony at five years old and they started performing on WKY Radio and TV.
The girls started singing professionally at the age of seven years old, throughout
Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Then they sang with Earl Hills Orchestra from twelve years
old, until graduating from Harding High School. Then Syd and Sheri moved to Hollywood and
signed with Lute Records and had a Hit record as "Cyd and Cheri" with "I'm A Lookin' Blue
Eyes" and "Lonesome for You".
Then they teamed up with "Bill Norvas and the Upstarts", Jerry Wilson and Gary Sneed,
performing in the Blue Room at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The four Upstarts
stayed together, changing their name to "The Guys and Dolls", playing at the Thunderbird
Hotel in Las Vegas. When Judy Garland and Mel Torme heard them sing, they signed them with
Si Zentner's Orchestra, for a tour throughout the US and Canada, changing their name to
"The 2+2". Mel Torme managed the group.
Later, Syd and Sheri went on to New York, where they performed through the years. A few
years later, Sheri moved back to Hollywood, performing and producing shows she had
produced in New York at the famous New York Latin Quarter, Sheri's Show, "The Speakeasy".
A few years later, when Sheri was heading back to New York, from Hollywood, friends
introduced her to Johnny Stark over the phone. He was living in Las Vegas. On the way to
New York, Sheri stopped in Las Vegas to meet Johnny in person and it was "Love at First
Sight!" Johnny joined Sheri in New York two months later and the rest is history!
Sheri & Johnny
Sheri and Johnny have been performing throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and in
Manhattan at: "Don't Tell Mama", "The Producers Club Theatre" and "Theatre East",
to rave reviews. Also, Sheri and Johnny "Wowed" their Audiences at "Caesar's Pocono
Resorts in Pennsylvania.
Sheri and Johnny just moved their home-base from Las Vegas and Branson, MO., where they
have been performing for the last four years, back to New York! They have gained fans
across the US and will be touring in Europe soon. Sheri's sister Syd will join them on
this tour and others and they will be performing their Show "Then and Now!", with their
Hits from the past and today with their Band "The Dynamics".
When you see them perform, you will see why Sheri and Johnny are in
such demand from Coast to Coast!
They're recording "Sheri & Johnny Crossroads"
on Star Brite Records, with two songs, Johnny wrote:
1. Blues Man
2. Mean Ol' Whisky
You won't want to miss getting a copy of this great CD on:
Sheri and Johnny's new CD release is also on CDBaby.com.
"WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT MUSIC"
1. BLUES MAN
2. SWEET THING
3. COME ON HOME
4. I DON'T NEED NO DOCTOR
5. MEAN OL' WHISKEY
6. EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN' THE BLUES
7. IN MY DREAMS
8. CUDDLE UP
9. YOU GOTTA HAVE SOUL
10. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT MUSIC
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Sheri & Johnny
with their band
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