Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Oldies - Midnight Hour by The Heywoods


  1. Today I spoke with Bo Donaldson by phone and he gave me some new information, correcting a couple of things in this post. First, Phil Beard played sax, not guitar, and Randy Jester played guitar, not sax. I had them reversed, but so does every other source on the Internet, so I don't feel so bad. Second, Buzz Cornelison may have had something to do with the label, but not while the Heywoods made this single. The label was actually run by Bo's mother, Bea Donaldson. The first single featured gold letters on a black background, as pictured here. Since that was a bit difficult to read, Bea reversed it for later pressings, making them with black letters on a gold background. Bo's living in Los Angeles and putting together another tour. You can keep yourself informed by visiting this website:

  2. Thanks, Joe. I was a high school girlfriend of John's back in 1964-65. When I heard he passed, I looked on line and on youtube to see if there were any recordings of him. By coincidence or synchronicity, I looked up the Heywoods and found your recording of them with Johnny singing lead. What a gift! Thanks so much. Candy