Judd Hamilton
Rock Seattle, WA.  USA http://soundclick.com/JuddHamilton
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Thanks for tuning in..... Kicking off with four of my solo recordings - The first track, “Earth is Calling”, began transmitting it's 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 of the "Earth is Calling" film project I'm currently writing and producing, 46-years later this song remains the center piece of my day-to-day efforts. I recorded the next song "And We Talked" in London in the mid-80's. "More Love" is my latest Logic ProX homemade recording. "Happy-Go-Lucky" was also a mid-80's London recording now dedicated to my grandchildren (with a picture reminding me of the most wonderful time of my life). Now for a few tracks I produced in Spokane in the mid-90's - As I describe in the Artist History section that follows, toward the end of my brother Dan's life we were recording a country album as The Hamilton Brothers. All of which disappeared into what might have been. Having thought the Spokane recordings had been lost along the way to my surprise over the 2017 Christmas holidays I found a cassette of the next track. "Santa Monica Nights", that we had planned to release as the first single. After writing, singing and selling millions of records this turned out to be the last song Danny sang lead on. The picture is the final version of of our 60's band The T-Bones (more about that in the following Artist History) With Tommy Reynolds on right, Dan next to him, Joe Frank Carollo next and me on the left as we headed to Japan in '67' for our last tour. After I moved to London in 1970 Danny, Joe and Tommy got back together and recorded a few more hits as Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. Including "Don't Pull Your Love Out", reaching No. 1 in Cashbox , No. 4 in Billboard in 1971, and with Alan Dennison replacing Tommy "Fallin' in Love" hit No. 1 in Billboard in 1975. The next track "Heads you win, Tails I lose", is the other completed Hamilton Brothers recording I found last Xmas. With me on lead vocal and Dan doing the harmony this would have been the 'B' side of the "Santa Monica Nights" single. The picture features our original T-Bones touring band, with Dan in the middle and me on the lower right. The next two tracks, "Love Attack" / "Millions" were also recorded in London in the mid-80's. Moving on to a few more of the songs Dan and I were working on (minus the vocals Dan didn't get to complete). Including Baby's Song, Talk to me, Illusions of Grandeur, Your Sweet Love and Sign of the Cross. The latter dedicated to our great grandparents Supplina and Sarah Jane Hamilton who headed to the Oregon Territory in the early 1850's to help pioneer the Spokane area and what became Eastern Washington State. Pictured with family in the early 1900's. The last song, "Danny's Guitar", is another recent homemade demo. With chords and lyrics that appeared in 1995 while playing one of Dan's acoustic guitars after he exited stage right. The accompanying picture captured my kid brother with Shep. Yep, those were the days.... growing up in a little small town American Graffiti setting called the Wenatchee Valley. 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, and 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 47. 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 and containing the Hanford, Chernobyl, Fukushima type nuclear radiation disasters and other radiated waste problem's, replacing carcinogenic lead in x-ray facilities, protecting data centers, and the list goes on. Not a specialized area I would have even remotely guessed, back in my rock 'n' rollin' daze, I would be seriously fascinated with much less obsessively engaged in. Nonetheless, that's where my 21st Century wanderlust / wonderlust led. Like any so-called creative challenge I've ever taken on, the hardest part is hanging in there through the mistakes, insight's and learning curve until you finally, no matter how long it takes, turn what seemed like a good idea at the time into it's intended, proven usefulness. With X-Rok it's taken 18-years, and when it comes to rock 'n' roll, I've been writing and performing for about 60-year's and I'm still trying to get it right. All the best, Judd 'GranDude' Hamilton
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