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Mentor: John Beland Location: Northern, California

JOHN BELAND

recording artist, songwriter, arranger, session guitarist, producer

BORN: Evergreen Park, Ill

DATE; 7/24/49

FIRST STARTED PLAYING GUITAR; Age 13

GUITAR INFLUENCES;

Travis Womack, Lonnie Mack, James Burton, BB King

Freddy King, Dick Dale, Chet Atkins, Carl Perkins

MUSICAL INFLUENCES;

The Everly Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Ricky Nelson, Gene Pitney, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Phil Spector, The Four Freshmen, Elmer Bernstein,Vince Guaraldi

The Louvin Brothers, The Byrds, The Beatles, Wilson Picket, James Brown, etc.

EARLY LIVE PERFORMING;

In and around the southwest side of Chicago throughout the early to mid 60'. Bars, teen dances, etc

CAREER TURNING POINT;

Moving to southern California from Chicago in 1966.

Running away from LaPuente to Hollywood.

FIRST BREAK;

Signing to producer / manager Rob DeMars in the mid 60s, being discovered at The Troubadour (L.A) by the production team of Dan Dalton & Lois Fletcher, resulting in a record contract with RANWOOD RECORDS.

FIRST IMPORTANT RECORDING SESSION;

Playing and arranging the original demo of "TAKE A LETTER MARIA" with RB GREEVES.

EARLY NOTABLE SESSIONS;

Singing the theme song for THE BRADY BUNCH television show on ABC. Playing & singing on the first national commercial for MAZDA AUTOMOBILES, which won a CLEO AWARD.

Recording albums with ODETTA, EARL SCRUGGS, RAMBLING JACK ELLIOT, KATE TAYLOR, PETER YARROW, COUNTRY JOE McDONALD, and JOAN BAEZ, ARLO GUTHRIE. All in 1969/70

MUSICIANS HAVING WORKED WITH :

CAROL KING, JAMES BURTON, JIM HORN, BUDDY EMMONS, BERNIE LEADON, GLEN FREY, JD SOUTHER, DOUG DILLARD, HERB PEDERSON, SNEEKY PETE KLEINOW, HAL BLAINE, JOE OSBORNE , RED RHODES, JIM KELTNER , ROGER MCGUINN, PETE DRAKE, PIG ROBBINS, CLARENCE WHITE, THE BLACKBERRIES, THE BLOSSOMS, THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS, JEFF BOCARRO , DAVID PAITCH, LEE SKLAR, CAROL KAY, etc.etc.

PRODUCERS HAVING WORKED FOR:

JIMMY BOWEN, PHIL GERNHARDT, PETER ASHER ,MICHAEL LLOYD, JOHN BOYLAN, DAVID ANDERLEE, BONES HOWE, SNUFF GARRETT, BILLY SHERRILL, RICK HALL, QUINCY JONES, MENTOR WILLIAMS, JIM ED NORMAN, AL KOOPER, JIMMY HASKELL, etc.etc.

ARTISTS HAVING RECORDED BEHIND:

LINDA RONSTADT, RB GREEVES, ARLO GUTHRIE, HOYTE AXTON, JOAN BAEZ, ODETTA, PETER YARROW, BUCK OWENS, MERLE HAGGARD, WAYLON JENNINGS, THE OAKRIDGE BOYS, RICKY SKAGGS, DOLLY PARTON , JOHNNY TILLOTSON, TOM SCOTT, BOB JAMES, JERRY DOUGLAS, RODGER McGUINN, LARRY GATTLIN, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, RITA COOLIGE, EARL SCRUGGS, KIM CARNES, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, RICKY NELSON, GENE CLARK, GARTH BROOKS, TG SHEPPARD, MEL TILLIS, THOM BRESH, PETE SEEGER, COUNTRY JOE McDONALD, THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, and many more..

ARTISTS HAVING TOURED BEHIND;

LINDA RONSTADT, ARLO GUTHRIE, JOHNNY TILLOTSON, BILLY JOE ROYAL, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, RITA COOLIGE, MAC DAVIS, DOLLY PARTON, RICK NELSON, BOBBY BARE, PERCY SLEDGE, THE HAGGAR TWINS, NICHOLETTE LARSON, FREDDY WELLER, KIM CARNES, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, and more..

COUNTRIES HAVING

PERFORMED IN; ALL STATES IN THE USA, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, MEXICO, SPAIN, CHINA, JAPAN, ITALY, SWEDEN, NORWAY, HOLLAND, CANADA, GREENLAND, FRANCE, POLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, and many more..

CITIES HAVING RECORDED IN:

NASHVILLE, CHICAGO, MUSCLE SHOLES, MEMPHIS, MIAMI, LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, MINNIAPOLIS, LONDON, BERLIN, MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, GUANGZHOU (CHINA), LAS VEGAS, NEW YORK, BOSTON, WASHINGTON DC, etc.

ARTISTS WHO HAVE RECORDED JOHN BELAND SONGS;

ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINK, GARTH BROOKS, DOLLY PARTON, ALISON KRAUS, RICKY SKAGGS, KIM CARNES, JOHNNY TILLOTSON, TG SHEPPARD, DON EVERLY, ANTHONY NEWLEY, EARL SCRUGGS, THOM BRESH, THE WHITES, THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, RINGO STARR, THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS , DOUG KERSHAW, RICKY NELSON, SHELLY WEST , MARK FARNER and many more...

AWARDS;

BILLBOARD, CASHBOX, RECORD WORLD, and ASCAP

NOTABLE VENUES HAVING PLAYED ;

BOTH GRAND OL OPRYS, CARNAGIE HALL, THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL, WEMBLY STADIUM (ENGLAND), THE KENNEDY CENTER, THE GREEK THEATER , PHILHARMONIC HALL, THE BITTER END, THE MAIN POINT, THE CELLAR DOOR, THE BOTTOM LINE, THE LOUISIANNA HAYRIDE, THE WHEELING JAMOREE, BOTH FILLMORES, THE TROUBADOUR, THE ASHGROVE, LEDBETTERS, THE ICE HOUSE, THE GOLDEN BEAR,, THE QUIET NIGHT, 2ND CITY, THE PALOMINO, GILLY'S, BILLY BOB'S, (IN VEGAS) THE HILTON, SANDS, ALLADIN, SAHARA, CAESARS PALACE, THE GOLDEN NUGGET, (IN TAHO) HARRAH'S, THE SAHARA, etc.etc.etc

TELEVISION PERFORMANCES;

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE TONIGHT SHOW, NASHVILLE NOW, THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR, DICK CLARK LIVE, PHIL DONAHUE, DICK CAVETTE,

JOHNNY CASH SHOW, HEE HAW, NASHVILLE NOW, POP GOES THE COUNTRY, THAT GOOD OL NASHVILLE MUSIC, NASHVILLE ON THE ROAD, ROCK CONCERT, TOM T HALL SHOW, IN SESSION, MERV GRIFFIN, ETC.ETC.

MOTION PICTURE MUSIC CREDITS;

BRUEBAKER (ROBERT REDFORD)

CELEBRATION / MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL

HONKY (QUINCY JONES)

DREAM CHASER

TRIBUTE TO WOODY GUTHRIE

COMMERCIAL CREDITS;

MAZDA AUTOMOBILES, BOONS FARM WINE, HILTON HOTELS, BRIDGESTONE TIRES, PIPER SONOMA WINE , JACK IN THE BOX, KAWASAKI BIKES, LAS VEGAS SUN, THE GLENWOOD POST NEWSPAPE R (COLORADO) ST.HELENA CYCLERY, TRANSCO TRANSMISSION, DOWNTOWN JOES, ROBINSON RANCHERIA, TWIN PINE CASSINO, DOWNTOWN JOES, RACERS, FIRST COUNTIES BANK, LAKE COUNTY CHAMBER, ALBANY HEALTH CARE, CIMERON WEST, and many more..

TELEVISION THEME CREDITS;

THE BRADY BUNCH, MORTON DOWNEY JR SHOW

LATEST RECORDING PROJECT

FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS CD "SONS OF THE GOLDEN WEST", release date May19, 1999 on GRATEFUL DEAD RECORDS. Guests include MERLE HAGGARD, ALISON KRAUS, DELBERT McCLINTON, RICKY SKAGGS, THE OAKRIDGE BOYS, SAM BUSH

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