|Ravenna & The Magnetics, Music to last a lifetime
When I started this page, I really didn't know that much of the Magnetics, only that I have all of their recordings and they are absolutely great. The female vocalist Ravenna du Mane (real name Freda Johnson) has a superb rockin' voice and the backing band really rocks you on. Freda Johnson died of a brain aneurism in June of '96 at the age of 42.
The Magnetics were a band based in Seattle in the late seventies and early eighties. All of their songs were recorded in Rockin' Ronny Weiser's famous California based Rollin' Rock Studio (now moved to Las Vegas). Besides the fact that the Magnetics produced some of the best revival rockabilly, I also think that the cover design of "Tennessee & Texas" is something special. I've had this LP in my collection for about 20 years now and I still feel that this is an album cover that says it all...
Long Play Albums:
45 rpm Singles:
Tracklisting "Rockabilly Fools" (1980)
Tracklisting "Tennesee & Texas" (1981)
I am a working musician living in Los Angeles. Currently, along with studio and much movie work as a guitarist and composer, I also perform in a band called the Sacred Hearts. We were the original House of Blues "houseband" on Sunset. We now back up Jim Belushi and Dan Akyroyd as the Blues Brothers across the U.S. throughout the year. I also have my own rockin' band called "The Imperial Crowns". It is my current band of passion. The Imperial Crowns were just in the Netherlands this year on our first tour for our first CD. We will be returning there again in late January-Feb 2003 with our new CD. We played the Moulin Blues Festival 2002, for example, and you can find reviews at their site. I am a fan of anybody who is also a Rockabilly and good music nut like me!
Founding members: Arne Leinonen played drums, standing up most of the time. He sometimes used the name "Tubs", like washtub. He lives here in LA. By the way the 88's song (Real Gone) that was reissued, is his and he is the singer on that. Steve Grindle played stand-up bass and was one of the first guys I knew to get that whole slapping thing down (the second time around). I don't know where he lives thse days. The band also featured Roger Wark (Rockin' Reuben) on vocals. There is a great recording floating around somewhere called "Roll Back the Rug".
The band also featured Go-Go dancers called the "Magnettes", "Barbie and Midge". They mostly came up on some surf stuff we played also. I think they were as popular as the band, or even more so with some. I married one of them (Midge) and still am! (Much in the same fashion as a band I shared the stage with in Nijmegen (the girls in Holland were called The Lucy Dee's I believe).
Keep in touch, thanks and keep rockin'!!!