Judd Hamilton
Rock Seattle, WA.  USA http://soundclick.com/JuddHamilton
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Thanks for tuning in.... 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 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. The next song, "And We Talked" illustrates my curiosity driven belief that there's a lot more going on in this multi-dimensional landscape we find ourselves traveling through than meets the eye. Okay, heading back to the beginning.The next song "Hollywood" is a recent homemade recording recalling what tinsel town became for my brother Danny and myself. 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); we did get to live out a few of our teenage dreams. Skipping forward - after 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 we were recording our first album together as 'The Hamilton Brothers'. After working on a lot of songs the next two tracks, "Santa Monica Nights" with Dan on lead vocal and "Heads you win, Tails I lose" with me on lead and Dan doing the harmony were the last two recordings Dan was able to sing on before that part of the dream evaporated into what might have been. As I explain below, out of nowhere Dan became ill with a rare aliment called Cushing's Disease, spent a year bravely trying to recover before exiting stage right on Dec. 23, 1994. Having thought I'd lost these recording's, to my surprise over the 2017 Christmas holidays I found a cassette copy. Finding it means a lot simply because after writing, singing and selling millions of records these recording turned out to be the last songs Danny sang on. The accompanying picture is the final version of our 60's band The T-Bones (more about that in the Artist History) with Tommy Reynolds on right, Dan next to him, Joe Frank Carollo 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 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. Moving on to some of the songs Dan and I were working on in the early 1990's. Unfortunately as things turned out minus the vocals Dan didn't get to complete. Including "Talk to me", "Love Attack", "Millions", "Baby's Song" and "Sign of the Cross". The latter dedicated to our great grandparents Supplina and Sarah Jane Hamilton (as pictured in the early 1900's) who headed to the Oregon Territory in the mid-1850's to help pioneer what is now Eastern Washington State. "Danny's Guitar", is a recent homemade 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. The last song, "More Love", is another homemade recording 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. 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 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. Onward, Judd 'GranDude' Hamilton
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