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John Hall

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John Hall was most widely known, for most from the initial four years of his open public life, being a singer and guitarist, principally using the group Orleans — although that group, an outgrowth from the more prosaically-named John Hall Trio and John Hall Quartet, arrived some four years after he’d produced his saving debut, and had shared levels with famous brands the Doors as well as the Who have. Delivered on July 23, 1948, in Baltimore, MD, Hall was learning physics at Notre Dame College or university before he give up to go after music full-time. He was located in Washington, D.C., where his early music group affiliations included the United kingdom Walkers, an area group whose account also included Teddy Spelios (aka Ted Spelies) and, at once, had highlighted Roy Buchanan in its rates. It had been sometime after departing D.C. that Hall became a member of the Greenwich Village-based group Kangaroo, playing bass and writing guitar responsibilities with Spelios in addition to doing some performing alongside Barbara Keith, while N.D. Wise II stuffed the drummer’s place. Authorized to MGM Information, they released a self-titled LP in addition to three singles that didn’t graph, which the lion’s talk about from the songwriting visited Hall. He was, alongside Keith, the most powerful composer in Kangaroo, plus they were a robust enough performing device — especially because of Spelios’ playing — to obtain gigs starting for the Doorways as well as the Who in 1968. Following a breakup from the music group in 1969, Hall focused even more on songwriting, offering “Fifty percent Moon” for Janis Joplin’s last recording, Pearl. He also performed around the Seals & Crofts debut recording Down House and Bonnie Raitt’s CEASE, among founding his personal group, the John Hall Trio — later on the John Hall Quartet — which developed into Orleans in 1972, together with Larry Hoppen and Wells Kelly, in Woodstock, NY. During his period using the smooth rock group, they might score TOP singles with “Dance beside me” and “Still the main one.” Departing that take action in 1979, he pursued a single career, liberating John Hall (1978) and Power (1979), in addition to showing up on and co-producing the Zero Nukes benefit recording with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Graham Nash. In 1981, Hall come up with the John Hall Music group, an take action that included keyboardist Bob Leinbach, bass participant John Troy, and drummer Eric Parker. Their debut launch, All the Above, found its way to past due 1981 and included the solitary “Crazy (Continue Falling).” Though it was a middling strike in the pop graphs, the monitor received significant interest at AOR, simply missing the very best Ten within a graph run of almost half a year. Search Party implemented a bit more than a season later, nonetheless it quickly emerged and went, producing only a impression using the one “Like Me Once again.” The group would disband as Hall remained home to improve his little girl and address various other personal problems. Hall continuing his career composing for others (Chet Atkins, Ricky Skaggs, and Patty Loveless); issuing single recordings; reuniting for albums with Orleans in 1990, 1996, and 2000; and developing his very own record label, Siren Music. In 2005 Hall released Rock and roll Me on the Drinking water, an record of songs motivated by a thorough sailing trip that had taken him from Kingston, NY to Havana, Cuba also to the Florida Tips, Martha’s Vineyard, Cuttyhunk, and Annapolis. He also produced Gulf Stream Evening with longtime Orleans drummer Peter O’Brien, percussionist Joakim Lartey, bassist Bobby MacDougal, and wife Pamela Melanie Hall on second electric guitar. On the nonmusical front, Hall have been seriously interested in politics a minimum of because the 1970s, when he became mixed up in public side from the antinuclear motion. He translated that into even more direct involvement within the 1990s, when he became an elected state legislator in NY, in addition to serving being a college board leader. In 2006, nevertheless, he ventured where few music artists had ever eliminated before (the only person in recent storage have been Sonny Bono) when he was elected — after an appearance on Humor Central’s The Colbert Statement once the incumbent refused to participate — as Congressman for the 19th Area of NY within the U.S. Home of Associates. He became something of a huge killer for the reason that competition, defeating Sue W. Kelly, a six-term Republican incumbent in an area that hadn’t elected a Democrat in 40 years. He became one of the most notable members from the 2007 freshman course of Home members, not only due to his success beyond politics, also for his love of life and his persuasiveness in working with more older and higher-placed politicians. Hall was defeated for reelection in November of 2010.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth August 21, 1934
Education Pepperdine University, University of Southern California
Nationality American
Spouse Susanna Hall
Awards Nobel Prize in Physics, Frederic Ives Medal, Max Born Award
Music Groups Orleans
Music Songs Love Takes Time, Still the One, Dance With Me, Time Passes On, Plutonium Is Forever, How Big Is God, Gulf Stream Night, I'm Free Again, Cocaine Drain, Firefly Lover, Please Be There, Waking and Dreaming, Home at Last, If I Don't Have You, Arms/Half Moon, Dancing In The Moonlight, Spring Fever, Let There Be Music, I Never Wanted to Love You, Siam Sam, Sails, No Ordinary Lady, Fresh Wind, Give Me the Right, Yestertime, Ticonderoga Moon, Don't Throw Our Love Away, Isn't It Easy, Everybody Needs Some Music, Give One Heart, Half Moon, Come on Over
Albums Love Doesn't Ask, Let There Be Music, Orleans II, Orleans Live (disc 1), Sunrise, Rock Me on the Water, John Hall, Power, Recovered, Orleans Greatest Hits, Waking and Dreaming, Dance With Me: The Best of Orleans
Movies Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, The Hurricane, Cobra Woman, White Savage, Gypsy Wildcat, Invisible Agent, The Invisible Man's Revenge, The Beach Girls and the Monster, Charlie Chan in Shanghai, Kit Carson, Aloma of the South Seas, Brave Warrior, Lady in the Dark, Sudan, The Prince of Thieves, San Diego I Love You, Last of the Redskins, When the Redskins Rode, Eagle Squadron, South of Pago Pago, The Tuttles of Tahiti, Hell Ship Mutiny, China Corsair, Hurricane Island, Forbidden Island, Sailor's Lady, Lion Man, Deputy Marshal, Winds of the Wasteland, The Clutching Hand, Last Train from Bombay, The Mutineers, The Mysterious Avenger, Phantom of the Jungle, Thunder Over Sangoland, The Sidehackers, Zamba, Eyes of the Jungle, The Vigilantes Return, On the Isle of Samoa, Women Must Dress, The Girl from Scotland Yard, White Goddess, Xerex, The Unknown, Ramar and the Burning Barrier, Men in Her Diary, Ramar and the Savage Challengers, Ramar's Mission to India, Ramar and the Deadly Females


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#Fact
1 Screen-tested by Universal for the role of Flash Gordon; the part eventually went to Buster Crabbe.
2 His last public appearance was just a few months before his death, at the premiere of Hurricane (1979), the remake of The Hurricane (1937) in which Hall starred.
3 Of Swiss & Tahitian ancestry, his father, Felix Locher, was a former world skating champion turned actor and his mother was a Tahitian princess. Nephew of author James Norman Hall who wrote the book on which his star-making role in The Hurricane (1937) was based. Cousin of cinematographer Conrad L. Hall and Ben Chapman who played the creature (when out of the water) in the cult classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
4 To end the weakness and suffering due to cancer of the bladder, he shot himself in the head at the age of 64.
5 Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Liberty, same row as Buster Keaton.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beach Girls and the Monster 1965 Dr. Otto Lindsay
Perry Mason 1963-1965 TV Series Lt. Kia / Max Randall
Forbidden Island 1959 Dave Courtney
Hell Ship Mutiny 1957 Capt. Jim Knight
Casey Jones 1957 TV Series Gunman #1
Ramar of the Jungle 1953-1954 TV Series Dr. Tom 'Ramar' Reynolds
Last Train from Bombay 1952 Martin Viking
Brave Warrior 1952 Steve Ruddell
Hurricane Island 1951 Capt. Carlos Montalvo
China Corsair 1951 McMillan
When the Redskins Rode 1951 Prince Hannoc
On the Isle of Samoa 1950 Kenneth 'Ken' Crandall / John Reagan
Deputy Marshal 1949 Deputy Ed Garry
Zamba 1949 Steve
The Mutineers 1949 Nick Shaw
The Prince of Thieves 1948 Robin Hood
Last of the Redmen 1947 Maj. Duncan Heyward
The Michigan Kid 1947 Michigan Kid Jim Rowen
Men in Her Diary 1945 Randolph Glenning
Sudan 1945 Merab
San Diego I Love You 1944 John Thompson Caldwell IV
Gypsy Wildcat 1944 Michael
The Invisible Man's Revenge 1944 Robert Griffin
Cobra Woman 1944 Ramu
Lady in the Dark 1944 Randy Curtis
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 1944 Ali Baba
White Savage 1943 Kaloe
Arabian Nights 1942 Haroun-Al-Baschid
Invisible Agent 1942 Frank Raymond
Eagle Squadron 1942 Hank Starr
The Tuttles of Tahiti 1942 Chester
Aloma of the South Seas 1941 Tanoa
Kit Carson 1940 Kit Carson
South of Pago Pago 1940 Kehane
Sailor's Lady 1940 Danny Malone
The Hurricane 1937 Terangi
The Girl from Scotland Yard 1937 Bertie (as Lloyd Crane)
Mind Your Own Business 1936 Scoutmaster Davis (as Lloyd Crane)
Winds of the Wasteland 1936 Jim - Pony Express Rider (as Charles Locher)
The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand 1936/I Frank Hobart (as Charles Locher)
The Mysterious Avenger 1936 Lafe Lockhart (as Charles Locher)
The Lion Man 1936 Ed Lion (as Charles Locher)
Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 Tahitian Native (uncredited)
Charlie Chan in Shanghai 1935 Philip Nash (as Charles Locher)
Here's to Romance 1935 Chauffeur (uncredited)
Women Must Dress 1935 Janet's Other Friend (as Charles Locher)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters 1966 uncredited
The Beach Girls and the Monster 1965

Special Effects

Special Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Survival of Spaceship Earth 1972 Documentary special photographic effects
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters 1966 special photographic effects

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hell Ship Mutiny 1957 lyrics: "Tema-Tangi" - uncredited
Kit Carson 1940 performer: "Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight" 1844 - uncredited

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beach Girls and the Monster 1965

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hell Ship Mutiny 1957 executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 34, No. 6: Hollywood Shower of Stars 1955 Short Himself
The Jack Carson Show 1955 TV Series Himself
A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954 TV Short Himself
Picture People No. 4: Stars Day Off 1941 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies 2000 Video documentary
Coming Soon 1982 Video documentary edited from 'Invisible Agent' (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town 1965 Documentary Himself
Phantom of the Jungle 1955 Dr. Tom 'Ramar' Reynolds
Thunder Over Sangoland 1955 Ramar
Eyes of the Jungle 1953 Dr. Tom 'Ramar' Reynolds
White Goddess 1953 Dr. Tom 'Ramar' Reynolds
The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand 1936/II Frank Hobart (as Charles Locher)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1724 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded February 8, 1960 at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 I never liked acting. I don't like to be told what to do and what to say and how to say it. I'm grateful to it as it provided me with the money to do other things such as I'm into now, but as a profession, it's a bore.


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