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Johnny Dee's Rocket 88's

Johnny Dee's Rocket 88's deliver incredible musicianship, dazzling showmanship, and flat-out, full-cylinder rock & roll every time they hit the stage. Their pitch-perfect performances have wowed politicians, princes, and media superstars, and millions have tapped their toes to the band performing the all-time best public service announcement jingle, Don't Mess With Texas.

They've shared the stage with Wolfman Jack, Dick Clark, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, the Pointer Sisters, and Ricky Nelson - that's golden oldies credibility that few others can claim. They take their fun seriously, which means you'll have serious fun with Johnny Dee & the Rocket 88's.

Johnny Dee's Song List Includes:

  • Come Go With Me (The Del-Vikings)
  • Johnny B. Goode, Rock & Roll Music, Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
  • Twist & Shout (Isley Brothers/The Beatles)
  • At The Hop (Danny & The Juniors)
  • Runaround Sue (Dion)
  • Blue Moon (Sam Cooke)
  • La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
  • Itty Bitty Pretty One (Bobby Day/Frankie Lymon)
  • Sherry (The Four Seasons)
  • Sleepwalk (Santo & Johnny)
  • When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
  • Rocket 88 (Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm)
  • California Sun (The Rivieras)
  • Town Without Pity (Gene Pitney)
  • Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
  • Land of 1,000 Dances (Cannibal & The Headhunters)
  • Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino)
  • Get A Job (The Silhouettes)
  • Book of Love (The Monotones)
  • The Twist (Chubby Checkers)
  • Peppermint Twist (Joey Dee & The Starliters)
  • Barbara Ann (The Regents/Beach Boys)
  • Wipeout (The Surfaris)
  • Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)
  • Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On, Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  • Matilda (Harry Belafonte)
  • Do You Love Me (The Contours)
  • In The Mood (Glenn Miller)
  • Chantilly Lace (The Big Bopper)
  • Duke of Earl (Gene Chandler)
  • Tequila (The Champs)
  • I Got A Woman (Ray Charles)
  • All In The Game (Tommy Edwards)
  • Honky Tonk (Bill Doggett/The Beach Boys)
  • Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Jump Jive & Wail (Louis Prima)
  • Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)
  • White Lightening (George Jones)
  • You Win Again (Hank Williams/Ray Charles)
  • Old Time Rock & Roll (Bob Seger)
  • Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty)
  • Hideaway (Freddy King)
  • Great Pretender (The Platters)
  • You Don't Know Me (Eddy Arnold)
  • Rockin' Robin (Bobby Day)
  • Hold On I'm Coming, Soul Man (Sam & Dave)
  • Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran)
  • Shake A Tail Feather (The Five Du-Tones/Andre Williams)
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens)
  • Wooly Bully (Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs)
  • Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
  • Goodnight Sweetheart (The McGuire Sisters/Sha Na Na)
  • Shout (The Isley Brothers)
  • Come A Little Bit Closer (Jay & The Americans)
  • Earth Angel (The Penguins/The Crew Cuts)
  • Last Kiss (J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers)
  • Just A Matter of Time (Brook Benton)
  • Sixteen Candles (The Crests)

Rock & Roll Medlies

  • Bill Haley
  • Elvis
  • The Drifters
  • Roy Orbison
  • The Temptations
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Buddy Holly
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • The Beach Boys
  • Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
  • Blues Standards

In the News

Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88s, during the past 25 years, have performed their brand of zany nostalgia and fast-paced medleys for millions of people in the U.S. Their national T.V appearances include Real People, P.M. Magazine, NBC News, & TBS with Bill Tush.

"JD & the Rocket 88's" award-winning audio and video PSA's for "Don't Mess with Texas" has been nationally acclaimed as the most effective psa campaign in the history of advertising. It has reduced trash on highways at least 60%.

"JD & the Rocket 88's" have performed for U.S. presidents, international royalty, Governor's Balls and many fundraisers with the Dallas Cowboys, Bob Hope, United Way, American Heart Association, MS, MD and West Texas Rehab.

"JD & the Rocket 88's" have performed with artists such as Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, James Brown, Tanya Tucker, Beach Boys, Charlie Daniels, Pointer Sisters, Ricky Nelson, and Danny & the Juniors. They perform arrangements by such greats as Glen Miller, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Diana Ross, Roy Orbison, Everly Bros., and many more.

"JD & the Rocket 88's" have been celebrated by many publications: Atlanta Journal, New York Times, Houston Post & Esquire Magazine. "Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88's remind me of Sid Caesar's version of rock and roll in the 50's -- The Haircuts. They offer the humor for those who have always suspected rock & roll was pretty funny....and for those who didn't, their music is serious and true to its form."

Dallas Morning News

Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88's performed at the Paramount as the kickoff for the fifth annual "Live at the Paramount Concert Series". The evening was thoroughly enjoyable, filled as it was with classic rock and roll music, laughter, and updates on the state football game (well done, Eagles!). Without a doubt, the most thrilling aspect of the Paramount Theatre is its ability to make any performance feel small and intimate—especially when performers take time to banter back and forth with the audience, and to include them in the show the way Johnny Dee does. In fact, I literally became a part of the show not once, but twice! Apparently, you never know what will happen when Johnny Dee takes the stage.

However, even if the band had had no stage presence—no charisma at all—I still would have found them impressive. They do not simply cover old songs, they recreate some of the greatest hits rock and roll has ever seen. That much was obvious from the elation on the faces around me. For instance, when the pianist sang "Pretty Woman", he perfectly mimicked Roy Orbison's signature warble. When the song was "Blue Christmas", the deep, drawling vocalizations sounded as much like the King as anyone could hope for outside of Las Vegas. It was truly blissful to enjoy an entire evening of the well-crafted melodies from an era when the greatest acts were not based upon sensationalism, but upon true musicianship and vocal talent.

Without a doubt, I would encourage those of you reading this to attend the rest of the "Live at the Paramount" series. If such an incredible show was the kickoff, it can only get better from here.

Patti Moulton
KACU-FM Columnist

Discography

  • 1975 Coolest Car in Town (Rocket 88 Records)
  • 1976 Tequila (CDG Records)
  • 1979 Johnny Dee & the Rocket 88's (Caruth C Byrd Records)
  • 1980 Johnny Dee & the Rocket 88's w/special guest Eric Johnson (JD & Rockets 88's Records)
  • 1981 Austin X-Mas Collection 1st Edition (Felicity Records)
  • 1989 3-D JD & the Rocket 88's Records
  • 2000 Johnny Dee & the Rocket 88's Live at Leon Springs

Movies & Commercials

1979 Wheels of Fire (Full Length Documentary Movie)
1984 U-Totem (Radio ad)
1986 Don't Mess with Texas (Radio & TV ads)....Gold Addy Award
1986-87 Frontier Ford/Dallas (10 different TV & Radio ads)
1993-94 Red Line Burgers (Radio & TV ads)