Johnny Ross

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Johnny Ross
Birth name John W. Ross Jr
Origin Indiana, USA
Died 09 February 2006, Age 63
Genres Soull, R&B, soul, Blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active c.1960 - 2006
Associated acts Baby Huey & the Babysitters, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Curtis Mayfield, Johnny Ross & The Soul Explosion
Notable instruments
Guitar, vocals, organ, bass, drums, violin

Johnny Ross was a multi instrumentalist, singer songwriter and founding member of Baby Huey & the Babysitters who died in 2006 as a result of appendicitis.[1] He also hosted his own cable television show.

Biography[edit]

Along with Melvyn "Deacon" Jones and James Ramey aka Baby Huey, Ross was a founding member of Baby Huey & the Babysitters.[2] He stayed with the Babysitters for nearly a decade and during that time he wrote two of their songs, "Monkey Man" and "Just Being Careful".[3] "Monkey Man" appears on numerous 60's various artists compilations including Pittsburghs Greatest Hits,[4] Teenage Shutdown: Jump, Jive and Harmonize,[5] Mad Mike's Monstors Vol 3 [6]

After he left the Babysitters he went solo and recorded some soul singles, "I Can't Help Myself" which appears on a Northern Soul dance compilation.[7]

In later years[edit]

From the early 1990s until the time of his death Ross and his wife managed Ross Music and Video Productions.[8] He was also scoring music for television shows, commercials etc. Sears, Mattel Toys were among the brands that he did music for.[9]

He also had a cable television show Creating Music that ran for ten years.[10] Among the guests that he had on his show were, Mo' Beat Blues,[11] members of Michael Jackson's extended family to Gary Mayor Scott King who played bass to members of The Spaniels.[12]

From the early 2000s he branched out to doing the soundtracks for movies. Two were for Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.[13] They were Down 'n Dirty and On The Edge.

In addition to music, Ross also ran security and he had served as head of security for many municipal events and he also personally handled security for Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr Martin Luther King.[14]

Television[edit]

  • The Johnny Ross Show, Creating Music - (c) 1994 - 2006 (Cable) [15]

Soundtrack[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Johnny Ross & The Soul Explosions - "I Can't Help Myself" / "Sore Loser" - Chirrup 1523
  • Electric City Featuring Johnny Ross - "Gemini" / "We're Gonna Make It" - 20th Century Fox TC-2360 - 1977[17]

Compilation[edit]

  • Northern Soul Story 4 - Soul Supply Records LPSD 121 - 1987 - Johnny Ross & The Soul Explosions - I Can't Help Myself (2 LP) [18]
  • Northern Soul Dance Party Goldmine GSCD46 - Johnny Ross & the Soul Explosion - "I Can't Help Myself" [19]
  • Down 'n Dirty (Soundtrack) - Select-O-Hits - 2000

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