Johnny Powers

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Johnny Powers (born John Leon Joseph Pavlik in 1938, East Detroit, Michigan) is an American guitar player, singer, writer and producer specializing in rockabilly. Powers is best known for his 1957 recording on the now-defunct Fox Records label entitled “Long Blond Hair”.

Powers (as Pavlik) began his professional career in 1953 at age 15, when he joined a local Detroit country band known as Jimmy Williams and the Drifters. Later, having become a fan of Carl Perkins and the young Elvis Presley, Powers began to include rock & roll elements in his music.

Until 1955, Powers performed and recorded under his given name but, following a studio session for Fortune Records in Detroit, co-owner Devora Brown – seeing Pavlik eating a PowerHouse candy bar – gave him the stage name of Johnny Powers.

Powers released a pair of singles on the Fox Records label (not to be confused with today’s 20th Century Fox Records), including “Long Blond Hair”. Fox went out of business soon thereafter and in 1959 Powers signed with Sun Records, which released one single under his name. In 1960, Powers met with Berry Gordy and signed on with Motown Records, becoming the first white male musician to do so; he is also thought to be the only recording artist to have ever been under contract to both Sun and Motown Records. In his five year relationship with Motown, Powers devoted most of his energies to producing and writing rather than recording.

Powers has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Today, he continues to tour and perform throughout the United States and Europe.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Country Rockers, Volume 1: Thousand Rockin' Guitars Compilation Various Artists 1
1980 Mama Rock Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 Unissued Sun Masters Compilation Various Artists 1
1996 Do the Ooby Dooby Compilation Various Artists 1
1996 Essential Sun Rockabillies, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 3 1
1996 Rockabilly Gold, Volume Ten: 30 Early Original Tracks Compilation Various Artists 1
1996 The Complete Sun Singles, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 That'll Flat Git It, Volume 14: Sun Records Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 Rockabilly Gold, Volume Twelve: 30 Early Original Tracks Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 Sun Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 The Sun Gods Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 Sun Rock 'n' Roll, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Rockabilly Rarities, Volume 4 Compilation Various Artists 1
2004 Rockin' Hepcat Rockabilly Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Everybody's Rockin' Tonight: 60 Sun Rockabilly Classics Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Rockin' Bones: 1950's Punk & Rockabilly Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Teen Town USA, Volume 15 Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 Keb Darge and Cut Chemist Present Lost and Found: Rockabilly and Jump Blues Compilation Keb Darge and Cut Chemist 1
2012 Rockabilly Racer Compilation Various Artists 1
2013 The Sun Rock Box: Rock'n'Roll Music Recorded by Sam Phillips 1954-1959 Compilation Various Artists 1
2013 Rock-A-Billy Dynamite Compilation Various Artists 1
Red Hot! The Very Best of Sun Rockabilly Compilation Various Artists 1
Rock It: 32 Authentic R&R and Rockabilly Shakers Compilation Various Artists 1
Rockabilly & Hillbilly Bop, Volume 02: Goin' Down That Road Compilation Various Artists 1
Rockabilly & Hillbilly Bop, Volume 09: Real Gone Daddy ! Compilation Various Artists 1
Rockabilly Gold, Volume Fourteen: 30 Early Original Tracks Compilation Various Artists 1
Sun Rockabilly Meltdown Compilation Various Artists 1
That'll Flat Git It, Volume 16: Sun Records Compilation Various Artists 3 1
The Ultimate Sun Rock & Roll Collection Compilation Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Les Grands Moments de Mirande Various Artists 1

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