|Johnny H publicity photo from Lordize Records|
The first thing I noticed was the guitar. That is one Unique Guitar! The caption under the picture said “Johnny H and His Henchmen.”
He and his band had a couple of Doo Wop hits in the mid 1960's called I Wish I Really Knew and Baby Good-bye. It was on a New York label called Lordize Records.
He has posted 19 other recordings on his myspace page, Most are covers of popular hit songs of the 1950’s and ‘60’s. But what is really amazing, besides that guitar, is his story.
|Check out the headstock cover|
Coincidentally Elvis Aaron Presley was born on that same day, January 8th of 1935 and his birthplace was also in Tupelo, Mississippi. It is said that Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse, who was declared dead at birth. This baby was named Jesse Garon Presley. This is something that haunted both men throughout their lives.
Jesse says that he was able to meet Elvis in 1964. He tells the story about that time. Elvis rarely talked to anyone about his “stillborn” brother, but on that afternoon when they met, the floodgates opened up and that's all both men talked about for hours.
|Jesse and brother Richie|
In addition to music Jesse Haemmerle did some film work with Frankie Avalon, he was a contestant on several TV game shows and New York city TV show where he played a singing cop.
He was a member of the Federation of Arm Wrestlers as participant as well as a referee.
I have searched in vain to discover more information about his rather bizarre V-shaped guitar. Its rocket-shape is reminiscent of the “space age” era of the early 1960’s, when we were fascinated with rockets and being the first man on the moon.
|His brother, standing behind Johnny H, has a Kay Stratotone with an unusual cover over the headstock|
|Jesse and Richie Haemmerle - This is the guitar before the wings and headstock were added.|