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Mickey Holiday and the Jaywalkers

Mickey Holiday and the Jaywalkers, Asbury Park, N.J. Played at the Shamrock Lounge a lot. (Evolved into the Jaywalkers after Mickey Holiday left the band in 1967)

JAYWALKERS


The early days at DUDLEY’S BY THE SEA in Belmar

Here's a complete personnel list of the JAYWALKERS:  John 'Super Sound' Shaw Jr. - Standup Drums/Vocals Buzzy Lubinsky* - Drums John 'Cos' Consoli - Tenor Sax  Jim 'Jack Valentine' Cattanach - Guitar/Vocals  Richard 'Fletch' Hetherton* - Guitar Alan 'Frog' Gordon* - Organ Joe Torchia - Guitar David Whitaker - Sax Bob Carlson - Bass  Mickey Holiday 'For Governor' - Bass/Vocals/  Keyboard Bass/Organ  David Heth* - Keyboard Bass/Organ Steve 'The Mole' Wells* - Bass/Vocals  Albie Kessel - Bass Bill 'Cherry Bomb' Lucia - Tenor Sax/Vocals  Larry 'The Great' Gadsby - Tenor Sax/Vocals  Mike Moses - Vocals Billy 'Tom on guitar' Ryan - Guitar/Vocals  'Fast' Eddie Wohanka - Vocals Gary 'U.S.' Arntz - Guitar  Steven Van Zandt  Garry Tallent - Bass  Donnie Lubitz - Keyboard  Jay Pilling - Keyboard Bass/Organ WOW!John Shaw, John “Coz” Consoli, Mickey Holiday, Jack Cattanach


Our First Record On The Jukebox

  I Thought I Was Ray Charles


Armed And Dangerous

  I'D LIKE TO HAVE THAT 'STRAT' NOW


  I GUESS I COULD

The Jay Walkers Cant Live Without You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMReArI8q84


  THIS WAS AS CLOSE AS WE CAME TO A HIT RECORD

The Jay Walkers Love at First Sight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5k_cDG33lM


Check Out #19  From WLAV 11/4/1966

  WE'RE ON OUR WAY NOW


Thanks To Michael Jay – The #1 Deejay In Grand Rapids

  SO HE'S MY BIG BROTHER


1967

  IN A CAGE WHERE WE BELONG  Billy “Cherry Bomb” Lucia – Billy Ryan – Mickey Holiday – John Shaw


 

  At the time of this picture I had already received the Lord Jesus Christ and was seeking His direction for my life.  Shortly after this we were playing at Groh’s in Belmar and I was singing “Georgia On My Mind”, a song I’d sung many times, for many years.   A verse in the song says: “Georgia, Georgia, No peace I find.”  At that moment God spoke to me, right on the bandstand of Groh’s, and said, “Why are you singing about that, when you ought to be singing about the peace that you’ve found.”   That night I told the band that I was quitting.

 

   The problem was that we had a big engagement coming up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  If I quit now that would hang everybody up and I didn’t want to do that but I didn’t want to hang God up either and I knew He wanted me to quit.  So I decided to make the Grand Rapids trip and then quit.  That decision made me very uneasy and I prayed all the way to Michigan.  Just outside of Grand Rapids a cloud began to form on the horizon in front of the van and out of it Jesus appeared to me, beckoning me with his hands to come closer.  I couldn’t stand it any longer.

   When I arrived in Grand Rapids I called the Shamrock Lounge and told them I wasn’t coming to the gig.  They could come and get my equipment and use it but I wasn’t going to set foot in that place.  I knew I had to obey the Lord even though it meant letting my friends down.

   It was at this time, David Heth was at the Shamrock to see the Jaywalkers, and when they discovered that he played the organ they asked him to fill in for me.

 

   Some months later I received a phone call from my good friend Ray Dahrouge telling me of the tragic news.

 


David Heth

“There But For The Grace Of God”


Asbury Park Press Article – October 26, 1997

Local Band Shared A Goal With Danelectro:Hitting It Big
“I Finally Made It Big – Thanks Lord.”


 

JayWalkers @ THE PLACE in GR

 

 

The Jay Walkers Love at First Sight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5k_cDG33lM

The Jay Walkers It’s Been Too Long

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEJzTH-AYug

The Jay Walkers Cant Live Without You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMReArI8q84

 

One Response to Mickey Holiday and the Jaywalkers

  1. John South says:

    A truly great group who’s 45’s are widely accepted on the UK Northern Soul scene.

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