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Thanks for tuning in.... “Earth is Calling”, began transmitting its hopeful message into my imagination while gazing out from the top of Glastonbury Tor in southern England early one morning in 1972. A panoramic view (as factually depicted in the accompanying picture) that I later learned overlooked King Arthur's fabled Isle of Avalon and Camelot. As the theme song to the "Earth is Calling" film project I'm currently writing and producing this song remains the center piece of my day-to-day efforts. "Cry in the Night" is my favorite song brother Dan wrote. And that's sayin' a lot 'cause Dan was truly a gifted musician, singer, songwriter. He wrote this song in the early 80's with lyrics that could not be more tuned into the science fiction laced, sometimes wonderful and also seriously weird, chaotic times we are passing through in 2019. In the context of passing through time & space, Danny wasn't issuing a prayer and instead having a serious conversation with God. As recollected in my home recording of said conversation. As it turns out also related to the next track. "The Legend of Heaven" features my own "Cry in the Night" inspired conversation with God, whomever he, she or it turns out to be. Basically I'm asking an invisible foster parent, mentor, "why not move on to the Heaven on Earth time that you illustrated in the next to last chapter of Revelations Chapter 21. " And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;." The idea in this well known biblical passage that's inspiring and also kinda' weird is the new heaven part? Makes me wonder, so what's wrong with heaven as it is? "Hollywood" is a recent homemade recording recalling what tinsel town became for the Hamilton Brothers. Having spent our teen years in the 1950's growing up in a small town American Graffiti Pacific Northwest setting called the Wenatchee Valley determined to live out our teenage dreams playing rock 'n' roll music in the City of Angels. As I discuss in the Artist History section (below); as fate would have it we did get to live out a few of our teenage dreams. Skipping forward to the 90's - after my brother Dan proved to be an amazing music talent and I proved to be a pretty good support system, toward the end of Dan's life in 1993 we were recording our first album as 'The Hamilton Brothers'. After writing and working on a lot of songs the next track, "Santa Monica Nights", ended up being the last recording Dan sang lead on before that part of our teenage dream evaporated into what might have been. Having thought I'd lost this recording, to my surprise and delight over the 2017 Christmas holidays I found a cassette copy. The accompanying picture is the final version of our 60's band The T-Bones with Tommy Reynolds on right, Dan next to him, Joe Frank Carollo and me as we headed to Japan in '67' for our last tour. After I moved to London in 1970 Danny, Joe and Tommy recorded a few more hits as Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. Including "Don't Pull Your Love Out" reaching No. 1 in Cashbox and No. 4 in Billboard in 1971, and a few years later with keyboard player Alan Dennison replacing Tommy "Fallin' in Love" hit No. 1 in Billboard in August 1975. "Heads You Win, Tails I Lose", with me on lead vocal and Dan doing the harmony would have been the 'B' side of the "Santa Monica Nights" single we had planned to release before Dan became to ill to go on. (the enclosed picture features our original T-Bones touring band, with Dan in the middle and me on the lower right.) "Baby's Song" is another song that was meant for our Hamilton Bros. album. "Danny's Guitar" is a recent home recording featuring chords and lyrics that appeared while playing one of Dan's acoustic guitars a couple months after he headed to the heavenly rock 'n' roll hall of fame on Dec. 23,1994. The accompanying picture captured my kid brother with Shep. "More Love" is dedicated to my grandchildren (in a picture illustrating the best time of my life). As a born optimist this song expresses my hope that one day sooner rather than later humanity will conscientiously evolve beyond the primitive political, religious battlefields that we have ignorantly passed on to our to children throughout our recorded history. "And We Talked" is a late 80's London recording confessing my curiosity driven belief that there's a lot more going on in this multi-dimensional landscape we involuntarily found ourselves traveling through than meets the eye. Rounding out my music backed diary with "And We Talked", a late 80's London recording confessing my curiosity driven belief that there's a lot more going on in this multi-dimensional landscape we involuntarily found ourselves traveling through than meets the eye. Artist History: I've had the good fortune to know and work with some talented pop/rock musicians in my time including The Ventures, The Beach Boys, Crazy Horse (Neil Young’s band), Leon Russell, David Gates (Bread), Pat and Lolly Vegas (Redbone), and Darrel Dragon (Captain and Tenielle). As a sometimes session musician in the mid-sixties Liberty Records producer Joe Saraceno asked me to form a touring band in Nov. 1965 called The T-Bones to promote an instrumental record, "No Matter What Shape', that was actually recorded by the hot Hollywood session players of those times, later known as the Wrecking Crew. Hey, for starving musicians trying to make a living playing music, why not? I asked my brother Dan to play lead guitar along with three other LA session guys and to our amazement this TV jingle inspired single reached No. 3 in Billboard's Top 100 in March, 1966. The officially sanctioned pseudo T-Bones toured non-stop over the next couple of years and went through several personnel changes before settling into a line-up that included Tommy, Joe Frank, Danny and me. On our third T-Bones album, 'Everyone's Gone to the Moon', we were finally allowed to record and include the vocal/harmony sound we had polished on the road. Although our 1967 Autumn tour of Japan marked the end of the T-Bones, two-years on the road established a vocal sound that went on minus me (with brother Dan on lead vocals) to enjoy a few more hit singles as Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, including 'Don't Pull Your Love' in 1971 and 'Fallin' in Love'' in 1975. Before the H, JF & R heyday began in 1971 I had signed a solo record deal with United Artists Records and moved to London, England, while I continued to help Dan and my former T-Bone bandmates from behind the scenes. When the first version of H, JF & R broke up Dan came to London in 1973 with a new piano player, Alan Dennison, where we spent several months writing and demoing new songs. One of the songs Dan wrote during that time was "Fallin' in Love". As popular as that song proved to be we spent a year and half shopping it to the music biz with zero results. And then through a strange, i.e. unexpected, set of circumstances, Playboy Records agreed to release it in May 1975 and 9-weeks later it was No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Over the next couple of year’s Playboy released a couple more single's and album's but no more big hits appeared while Dan & Joe carried on doing gigs into the late-80’s. In 1993 Dan and I decided to record a country album as the Hamilton Bros. Country being our childhood background music until rock 'n' roll appeared. So much so our older brother John headed to Nashville in the early 50's determined to be a recording artist. Never made it while planting the I wanna be a singer seeds that Danny and I grew into. While we were working on material Dan fell ill, landed in emergency care, spent over a year bravely trying to recover from something called Cushing's Disease, and sadly passed away on Dec. 23, 1994 at the age of 48. After that totally unexpected turn of events I moved to Seattle (a great place to live, work and play) to be near my children and grandchildren where amongst other long lasting obsessions I occasionally do live gigs while I'm currently preparing a documentary called "Earth is Calling". Speaking of other obsessions, more recently I found myself inventing and globally patenting another form of rock; a unique radiation shielding concrete/coating material called X-Rok (www.ECOC3.org). X-Rok is currently being tested at Idaho National Labs with the purpose of repairing nuclear radiation disasters and containing all levels of radiation.
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