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"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder
"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist


"This soulman rocks!"
-- Nick Gilder

"Jimmy is the man! Great drums, cool tunes, and one of the best producers around."
-- Ray Manzarek,
The Doors


"A producer whose excellent musical perceptions are matched only by his ability to understand the creative artist."
-- Melody Pierson,
Songwriter


"Mega chops with a signal and an artist with ProTools. I look forward to the chance to work with him again."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter is an excellent producer and musician, who gets the best out of anyone who works with him."
-- Bob Birch,
Elton John Band Bassist


"Working with Jimmy is an exciting, rewarding experience. He can unlock the magic of any songwriter, vocalist, or musician."
-- Marcus King

"Working with and being produced by Jimmy brought me the inspiration to complete my first CD, and the confidence to call myself a singer-songwriter."
-- Lisa Gold
Singer-Songwriter


"As a producer, Jimmy's contribution to my new CD has got the attention of music industry."
-- David Paris

"Jimmy is the most musical drummer in the world. When he's driving the train you had better be ready because the groove never stops!"
-- John Harden
Iggy Pop's Sax Player


"As a producer he is gentle, kind, honest, helpful and relentless in his pursuit of perfection. His ears will never let you down."
-- Bobbo Staron
Bassist/Singer/Songwiter


"Jimmy Hunter helped get me to number 16 on the music charts. Cazador studio is a world of music!"
-- Jeffry S. Rients,
Ratbonemusic.com


"I've known Jimmy for years; he has my complete trust and confidence. He knows music!"
-- Ray Manzarek
The Doors


"I feel that I excel to new musical heights because of Jimmy's guidance."
-- Bob Birch
Elton John Band Bassist






Drumming Career Highlights



Drummer Jimmy Hunter at the NAMM SHOW 2014 Crush Exhibit

JIMMY HUNTER is the owner / operator of CAZADOR Recording.
Producer / Studio Owner / Audio Engineer / Drummer
Multi-Instrumentalist / Vocalist/Vocal Coach

Jimmy Hunter is a Virginia born veteran touring and studio drummer, a producer, singer and recording artist with scores of album credits who was raised in Detroit, Michigan in the Motown years during the 60's and 70's. He considers himself both a "blue-collar rocker" and a "blue-eyed soulman." At age 25, he moved to Los Angeles in 1975 to play drums for Door's keyboardist Ray Manzarek's Nite City. Jimmy also has been the drummer for Nick Gilder (Hot Child In The CIty), The Village People, Flo and Eddie, Cher, Steppenwolf, and many other world known acts. Hunter has remained in Hollywood, CA and evolved into a top music producer, and studio owner of CAZADOR Recording (www.jimmyhunter.com). Over the years, he has produced over 4000 songs since starting his studio business in 1986 and has also composed music for TV, movies and many jingles.

CLICK HERE to hear Hunter's NITE CITY drum solo at the Whisky in 1977
Jimmy drumming with Doors' Ray Manzarek in NITE CITY (1977)



Drummer Jimmy Hunter at the NAMM SHOW 2014 Pearl Exhibit

The Detroit Connection
Although he lives and works in Hollywood, CA, Jimmy Hunter played drums with The Detroit Connection, an all Detroit blues band. Under the leadership of Hunter's lifetime bandmate John Harden (formerly with Iggie Pop / Andy Frazier of Free), Harden's Detroit Connection currently does fund raisers for both charter and public schools as well other worthwhile causes in Flagstaff, AZ. Note the mountains of "Flag" behind the Detroit City skyline.

Harden is the band director of Northland Preparatory Academy. The band members shuffle from time to time but the 2002 concert at Flagstaff High Auditorium featured Blue Collar bluesman guitarist Steve Gornall and Don Bassey on bass. Harden is now preparing the next show for November 5th and 6th, 2004 which features both Gornall and former Detroiter/bandmate John Duva (right) known for his work in Edgar Winter's touring band. Duva, pictured right is another Lakeview High alumni.

A past Detroit Connection performance was on April 11/12, 2003 at Sinaqua High School Auditorium in Flagstaff, AZ. This concert featured Paul Warren (Rod Stewart) on vocals and guitar and an inspiring 30 year reunion with Phil McDonald (right) Jimmy's favorite bass player, who came in from Savannah, GA.

The last three concerts were recorded and live CDs are available to the public. The 2002 CD was fronted by motorcity bluesman Steve Gornall (left). Other highlights feature Sedona multi-instrumentalist, Robin Miller who, along with Steve, taunt the crowd with their dueling guitar frenzy. The Academy's student band, Slamina, was also featured and cameoed with D.C.'s Johnny B. Goode encore. L.A. Blueswoman Dee Archer has also been showcased by the Detroit Connection as a guest sit-in singer on various past concerts. The latest concert is sceduled for October 7th and 8th, 2005 at Flagstaff High in Flagstaff, AZ.


Hunter (above) directs student's backing vocals during a Detroit Connection encore.
Hear Steve Gornall front the band's 2002 concert singing "Talk To Me Baby" Blues
Hear Paul Warren front the band's 2003 concert singing "Pretty Woman" Blues

Robert "Bobbo" Staron Band 2000-2001
After an 18 year studio producer career change, Hunter pulled out his old stick bag and drummed for Staron's great assembly of musicians for a Los Angeles club scene promotion of Robert's 3 CDs all produced by Jimmy Hunter at Cazador. A memorable night was live at the Whisky Agogo on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

Jimmy Hunter, Denny Croy, Paul Warren, Bobbo Staron, Fred Sokolo

Studiojimi's 50th Birthday Bash 2000
Jimmy has the same birthday as Ludwig von Beethoven - 12/16. He celebrated his "Hot Wings and Blues" Birthday Bash the day after his 50th birthday on 12/17/00 at The Cocoanut Teaszer on the Sunset Strip with a wild Sunday afternoon bash.


Birthday Bash kick drum art by Jeffrey Michaels
Photo by Mark R. Kent

Guests stars included frontman and Hunter lifetime bandmate guitarist Paul Warren (Rod Stewart), Bob Birch on bass (Elton John), Ken Stange on incredible keys (Joe Cocker / Jose Feliciano), and a special keyboard surprise from Ray Manzarek of the Doors, who did "Back Door Man" and "Riders On the Storm" with Warren on vocals. Other guests were Bob Gianetti (Edgar Winter Band) who jumped to sing the motown tune, "My Girl" and blues from Cix Bits' Blues Band vocalist, Carl Summers of the Coasters.
Hunter sang "You Are So Beautiful" to Sarah Kolar, his mother, was spontaneously backed up by Della Reese's UP Church gospel choir filling the room with spirit on the last chorus tag from their seats for a dramatic memorable moment of celebration. The biggest surprise of the day was rock saxman John Harden (Iggie Pop / Andy Frazier), who showed up for a surprise after telling Jimmy he wasn't going to make it. John's unbelievable high notes were attracting the local neighborhood dogs--or was it those Hot Wings! They all had a really cool time. A live CD was recorded and mixed by Jimmy at Cazador and is available.

The Cazador Years 1985-to NOW

At this point in his career, at the age of 35, Hunter decided to redesign himself and turn toward studio production and built his own studio, Cazador Recording, a 1" Analog tape facility specializing in midi drum / keyboard programming and vocal song production and eventually moving over to ProTools in 1996. Now 56, Jimmy Hunter has produced well over 3000 songs and enjoyed a successful life as a producer/ veteran studio musician / vocalist / composer.

Fortune 1984
Guitarist Richard Fortune's "Foreigner" type rock group included, Roger Scott Craig, a keyboard player from Foreigner and Bob Birch on bass (Elton John.) L.A. Greene (pictured left), known for his "Top Gun" motion picture theme song "Through The Fire" was the vocalist. Hunter is only featured on one tune from the Fortune album but it ended up being single called "Dearborn Station."


Gerard McMahon 1983-84
Jimmy played drums on hit songwriter's solo album "Don't Look Back" and various major movie soundtracks. Jimmy's Detroit bred bass buddy Bobby Gianetti was the bass player and the outrageous guitarist was Dawayne Bailey (Chicago the band), who went on to become a guitarist of Chicago. Live highlights were playing the Hollywood Palace with Hunter's long time bandmate Paul Warren in the band.

Tim Dulaine 1982
Hunter was the drummer with this killer power trio ensemble fronted by former Stray Dogs vocalist-Timmy Dulaine, then boyfriend of Runaway's rock Diva, Lita Ford. Legendary band member musicians included Tim Pierce / guitar (Rick Springfield) and Ricky Phillips / bass (The Babys / Bad English). They recorded tracks at Goodnight L.A. studio and a memorable gig was prime time for a packed house and Madame Wongs in West L.A.

Tommy "Steele" Montanez with Michael Monarch 1982
Tommy Steele was a voice to be reckoned with in the early 80s at a time of real change in the record industry. A lot of bands were going into a techno disco influendced with drum machines around this time. Real rock groups were searching to find a sound that could stand up and thumb their noses to the new trends of drum machines and synths. Hunter had high hopes for this band and helped arouse some label attention with this Hollywood rock singer's band project. A key member was Michael Monarch (pictured right), the original guitarist of Steppenwolf. Hunter sponsored the project and financed some studio demos but sadly, it never got off the ground. Let's just say it was more of a party band. If anyone knows the whereabouts of vocalist Tommy (Montanez) Steele let Jimmy know.

Alex Machin of "Champion" 1982
Hunter played drums with this Canadian singer/songwriter who was seeking label attention. The project did a few showcases but never got off the ground. Eventually, other offers lured Hunter awary from his commitments to the band. Machin, best known for his Canadian success in the band Foot In Cold Water, eventually moved to Michigan and later back to Canada forming a band called Champion. Alex on vocals and guitar, Gene (Block) Black guitar and Bob Gianetti on bass.

Rengade 1981/82
A financially sponsored "corporate" rock group which drew much major label interest featuring vocalist L.A. Greene (pictured right), who went on to write and sing on vocals on "Through The Fire" as main theme for the Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun") Hunter's affiliation with Greene was his connection with the other group they played with called Fortune. One of the guitarists was Lifehouse producer, Ron Aniello. Other members included Howard Larvea on keys Rick Bielke, guitar and Bob Gianetti on bass.



Greg Topper 1980-1981
Hunter took a club gig with this Jerry Lee Lewis / Fats Domino style rocker from Orange County. For a season, Jimmy would ride his vitange 1971 BMW motorcyle every night to the Anaheim Sheraton to rock the tourists crowds with "Topper". Band members included Mickey Rooney Jr. on bass with Carmine Sardo on guitar.

Cher 1980
Played drums on New York City recordings for the Jacques Morelli-produced tracks. Complications between artist and producer changed things. Cher backed out and there was the Los Angeles imported rhythm section in New York with an album of tunes ready to go. In order to salvage their investment, the Can't Stop The Music production company quickly found another female singer (Diane Scanlon) and signed her but Cher eventually recorded Hunter's song "Rudy" collaboration contribution. It is on Cher's "I Paralyze" album



Diane Scanlon 1980
Diane Scanlon is a fine singer songwriter out of New York who used the tracks that were intentionally recorded for Cher at The Hit Factory recording studio with Bruce Tergeson engineering, who was the engineer on Disraeli Gears by Cream and many other fine recordings.


Bruce Tergeson with Fergie.

Rock singer Fergie Fredriksen (Toto) had been featured in the Village People movie, "Can't Stop The Music", was signed to their production company. Fergie was the man who assembled the rhythm section that played on his solo album, the Diane Scanlon project, and The Village People "Renaisance" album. This made 1980 a very busy year for Jimmy in the studio on both coasts as he crossed the sometimes dangerous type-casting lines of touring drummer to studio musician.

The Village People 1980


Jimmy Hunter played drums for these world famous pop music icons on their "Renaisance" album at Record Plant in Los Angeles with producer/conceptualist Jacques Morali producing.



V.P. band members Mark (guitar), Jimmy (drums) and Howie (bass).


Howie Epstein in 1980

Sad news came to the world on Feb. 23, 2003 when Howie Epstein was found dead in Santa Fe, New Mexico of an apparent heroin overdose. Jimmy and Howie were a tight bass and drum team during this feature period of Hunter's band history. Jimmy recalls driving Howie to the S.I.R. in Los Angeles for his bass audition with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Howie had been a fan of Petty and had already known all the tunes - he was a natural for the bass position. Howie will be missed by the rock music world. Epstein's career as a musician and producer spanned more than two decades. In addition to playing bass as a member of the Heartbreakers, he contributed to some of Bob Dylan's albums and produced John Prine's Grammy-winning 1991 folk album, The Missing Years.

Dennis "Fergie" Fredriksen aka David London 1980
Hunter played drums in the studio for Fergie's 1st solo album which also featured Howie Epstein (Tom Petty) on bass and Mark Christian on guitar (The Big F). Fredriksen eventually became the lead singer for the L.A. Pop group of session musicians known as Toto.


Jimmy in New York City with Fergie in 1980

Nick Gilder 1979-80
For two years, Jimmy drummed on this quadruple platinum artist's american arena tours with The Cars (Candio Tour) and a Chrysalis Records co-billed Japanese tour with The Babys. Featured as drummer on two albums: "Rock America", produced by Peter Coleman and Body Talk Muzik, produced by Ken Mansfield and Nick Gilder, Hunter's sound is refined and shines nicely on these wonderfully made recordings.

Paul Warren & Explorer 1978-79

This was the first band without a record deal to be on Wolfman Jack's NBC Midnight Special TV show, which led to the RSO label contract signing. The band had high hopes riding on the riches of Robert Stigwood's promo funding from the labels recent "Saturday Night Fever" explosion.



Dene, Jimmy, Paul and Steve.

On the live stage, Paul Warren and Jimmy are electric together year after year. After two years in Door's keyboardist Ray Manzarek's Nite City, they formed this band and tore the town up in the club scene. Around the time of the Knack's "My Sharona", Explorer was an all Detroit band in Los Angeles that kicked ass and took names. Hunter remained until he got an offer he just could not refuse from Nick Gilder, whose quadruple platinum single's, "Hot Child In The City" tour was too hard to resist. Hunter returned to play with Explorer in late 1980 after his world tour hiatus.

Paul Warren is the one responsible for bringing Jimmy Hunter to Hollywood from Detroit in 1975. Warren is the consumate rock star blues based guitarist. He rivals the known greats like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Known for his playing on many Motown hits including Papa Was A Rollin' Stone by the Temptations, today he tours with Rod Stewart and Italian singer Eros Ramazotti.



Glenn Hughes 1978
Jimmy played drums in a solo effort of Deep Purple / Trapeze bass player / vocalist rock icon Glenn Hughes. This was an experimental project which recorded tracks for Glenn at Sound City studios with Brett Tuggle (David Lee Roth/Fleetwood Mac) on keys and Ray Gomez from Stanley Clarke's band on guitar. Hunter's alliance with Hughes started from a club date where the two co-billed in Detroit at Bimbo's back in 1973.

Valentino 1978
The lineup included Jimmy Hunter and the two of the future bass players of Cheap Trick, John Brandt, Pete Comida (was lead guitarist in this band) along with Micki Free, who went on to become guitarist and member of Shalamar. Showcased at the Starwood in West Hollywood, this group had everything it could take to get the coveted record deal but it was an odd time during the 80s to get a contract with a legit rock group. Micki Free (pictured), who was also with Janet Jackson is shown in a more recent concert photo from his solo endeavors.



Steppenwolf 1977
With Jamie James, singer and guitarist of the Kingbees known for their hit, "My Mistake." Nick St. Nicholas was on bass. Hunter only did a few gigs in Arizona and Southern California with this legendary group as he was a fill in for his home town drummer bud from Detroit, Jack White, who went on to become drummer for Rick Springfield. Jamie James is currently the band leader for the Dennis Quaid Band. Steppenwolf had quite a few different drummers during this period. Click the pic for larger viewing.



Flo and Eddie (The Turtles) 1977
Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan aka The Turtles were two guys Jimmy happened to be a huge fan of since their Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention days. Hunter drummed on the 1977 Flo and Eddie summer tour and also did some studio recording on "The History of Flo & Eddie and the Turtles." This gig came about when the beloved Nite City Detroit roadies, Chuck Churella and (the late) Bub Brown (pictured right) took on the tour and let Jimmy know about the drum slot of this killer gig becoming available. Hunter was the last guy to join the band this tour after the previous Flo and Eddie drummer, Craig Krampf left the group to join up with Nick Gilder which Jimmy also received from Craig when Krampf joined Kim Carnes. The L.A. music scene was thriving and Jimmy was on fire and at the peak of his career at the age of 26. Jimmy learned the entire concert set in just three days before embarking on an east coast tour of Flo and Eddie concerts which included The Bottom Line in NYC.

The band included several members of Alice Cooper's band. Hunter bonded with the band's director and keyboardist Andy Cahan and Jimmy remembers many nights of partying on the road with Cahan, who also has a studio business now in Los Angeles. A highlight for Hunter of this gig was playing drums on Mark and Howard's cover of the classic Kingsmen hit, "Louie Louie."

Ray Manzarek's Nite City 1975-76





Nite City--Ray, Noah, Nigel, Jimmy, Paul

Based on a recommendation from lifetime bandmate Paul Warren (Rod Stewart), Jimmy did a "geographic" in 1976 from Detroit to Los Angeles to become drummer with keyboard legend Ray Manzarek of The Doors in his new band, Nite City. Soon signed to 20th Century Records, and later on Polygram for their second album sans Noah with Paul Warren taking over most of the vocal chores, Nite City headlined often at the Whisky Agogo on Sunset in Hollywood and other venues like The Starwood, The Roxy, Doug Weston's Troubedor. Van Halen in their early days even warmed up for them. After the second album, Nigel Harrison left to play with Blondie and Paul's buddy, bluesman-guitarist Steve Gornall took the bass gig for the duration of the life of the band around the middle of 1977.

Hunter was now being exposed to a lot of famous musicians and had many offers to leave Nite City which included direct offers from Gene Simmons to join Kiss, Ted Nugent even several offers from Bob Segar which would have meant turning around and moving back to Detoit. Hunter declined and chose to stick it out with Paul Warren and see what Nite City and California had to offer. The original wild group of outrageous personalities sold about 80,000 albums, toured America, including a huge concert in Florida's Coconut Grove for 50,000. Jimmy's Dad attended it and was invited to introduce and bring the band onstage.

Jim Hunter Sr. was decked and decorated in sailor hat, Elvis steering wheel shades, handle-bar mustache and eyebrows, multiple voodoo necklaces and other fetishes, striped red shirt and a pair of "Winston tastes good" draw string pants. One nite in Philly, a mafia guy shot a towel rack off the wall while entertaining the band in the restroom of an elegant hotel where the band had been indulging in Irish Coffees and other elixers. On another night the band's manager, Danny Sugarman, fell from the upper level of the Troubedor to the floor below. They also did a wild show in Denver with The Ramones which ended in a bar brawl.


Jimmy (center) on the road in Denver on the same bill with The Ramones

In Boston, the band played to a crowd in a jazz venue who had come to see drummer Lenny White-the band rocked the house to a bunch of people with their heads in their newspapers. Once at My Father's Place on Long Island, NY, singer Noah James came out in his monkey coat and paraded around the stage with a SM58 mic in his mouth while dirvishly growling at the audience-and that was just the beginning of the show. Nite City explored the wild city nights and darker side of the night life of Hollywood Babylon. This band is where Jimmy got his road dog legs. The mysterious and elusive vocalist Noah James has not been heard from for many years. HEY-anybody know where he is ?


Jazz fusion drummer, Lenny White, Jimmy Hunter, and Noah James at Paul's Mall in Boston 1976

Stix & Stoned 1975


The Your Mustache Lounge is still standing in Dearborn, Michigan at Ford Rd. and Wyoming. When Jimmy's drummer buddy, Marcus Terry, left Stix and Stoned to go to Las Vegas and eventually on to tour with Jose Feliciano, Hunter jumped at the chance to play with this coveted Detroit Trio which did some originals but played to a listening rather than dancing crowd. Each night was like a little concert fronted by former Headliner's guitarist / singer and 1957 world banjo champion, Bobby Lewis.

Stix and Stoned had the reputation for having its former drummers go on to some great achievements - drummers like Andy Newark and Larry London. This band utilized Hunter's quick wit and improvisational skills and snappy tongued humor as the three bantered candid dialog between songs. They were known for their entertaining antics as well as musical versatility. Hunter was exposed to a lot of touring musicians who stopped at Your Mustache to see the group. Most of the drummers in Detroit would say this was the best gig in town for both pay and exposure and many of them came to see Jimmy's solos and dig his hot licks radiating off of his Fibes clear drums.

The utilitarian bassist / keyboard player was John Coury, who eventually left this band to go on to play with Rod Stewart and Don Henley. Coury, actually a guitarist, who also is a fine pianist and singer/songwriter co-wrote "End of the Innocence" with former Eagle, Don Henley and most lately the touring pianist for the Who . After flying to Los Angeles for rehearsals three days a week with Door's keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Hunter left Detroit before Coury in 1976 to head for California to play in Nite City.

Lenore Paxton Trio 1974-75
This well known Jazz Pianist's band included Don Was on bass. Hunter filled in with this jazz group whenever he had a night off from his main gigs until he moved to California in Oct. 1975. Lenore is a gifted pianist who plays in the style of Bill Evans and loved having Jimmy as her guest drummer. Whenever he called Lenore to let her know he was free for the night, Paxton would pull him in.

Danny Schafer Band 1974
This is an early pro band of a great Michigan guitarist who later moved to Nashville and to play for Shania Twain and a host of others. Jimmy pursuaded Schafer to form this band after they left the prior group they had joined together in 1973, Moonstone. Danny exposed Hunter to a level of harmony vocal arranging that blessed him with many of the vocal sensibilities and tools he uses with his artists today as a Hollywood music producer. Band members pictured included Jimmy Hunter-drums (wearing hat), Rory Dewey-piano, Dan Schafer-guitar and steel guitar and Mark Zuzanek-bass. This band stretched out and explored jazzy fusion-type instrumental arrangements in the Pat Metheny vein and pop vocal with harmony interpretations as well as being a vehicle to explore Schafers original pop vocal material. They took on tunes from Miles Davis to The Carpenters. They had a fine fan base from playing the top Detroit area "listening" rooms, The Inn Between in Waterford, MI and the Struttin' Club on Gratiot Bl. in what was then known as East Detroit. Tony D'Iorio (pictured right) played bass on the Struttin' Club dates then went on to play with Motown's The Four Tops. Check out what Dan said about his early days with Jimmy in his personal website.

Free Beer / Cricket Smith 1973-74
Challenged with deciding on what to call themselves,this band of young rockin' virtuosos was a lively group but it was very short lived. They played only a few firey gigs but it was this group where guitarist/vocalist Paul Warren (Rod Stewart) teamed with Jimmy that built a relationship that would carry them both to Los Angeles. Hunter met Warren at the 300 Bowl Lounge in Waterford, MI when Paul was with well known keyboardist, Skip Van Winkle. Warren had already made a name for himself as a young Motown session player and had played on the Grammy award winning Temptation tune, "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone." John Harden was on alto sax and Phil McDonald played bass in this kick ass band. With high hopes for success, they rehearsed fervidly in the back room of the local VFW lodge of Jimmy's step-father, Elmer Kolar, where they built their song list - but sadly the band disbanded when Paul was offered a gig to move to California with Motown's Rare Earth. In a year or so, Paul would eventually send for Jimmy to come out to L.A.

Moonstone 1973
Formerly known as Boonesfarm--and before that The Naked Lunch, Hunter drummed for Moonsone. This very popular Detroit bar band was known for strong musicianship and excellent vocal group harmonies. Every member sang lead vocals which included Danny Raines (bass), Ron Blight (guitar) Tom Neme (keys/guitar), Jimmy Hunter (drums) and a soon to be added on Danny Schafer (guitar/pedal steel). This band did covers of Yes, Loggins and Messina, CSNY and other harmony oriented groups with great expertise. It was known around the Detroit Area as being the finest vocal harmony rock group. Soundman, Denny LaCasse, (Jimmy's high school buddy) was at the helm of a giant Acoustic sound system and was a dedicated often unseen member of this organization.

LaCasse (sound), Hunter, Raines, Blight, Neme, Schafer

Pictured below is Moonstone at the 300 Bowl in Pontiac, Michigan. Memorable gigs were warming up for Jim Croce and Glenn Hughes' Trapeze when they were house band at Bimbo's, a concert bar venue.
Neme, Blight, Miguel Rivera (Carole King's conga player sitting in), Hunter, Raines, Schafer

Tom Powers Group 1972
Hunter drummed for this talented singer songwriter and played both at The Tender Trap in Detroit and The Inn Between in Waterford, Michigan. Powers, originally from Keane, New Hampshire, was signed by Clive Davis after seeing this band play live. Tom was a dominating mentor for Jimmy and grounded him in harmony singing experience and the art of disciplined rehearsal. Association with Powers gave Jimmy city wide exposure and elevated status and reputation as a well renowned Detoit club musician. Many musicians from other club groups would make it a point to see this band which both improvised on instrumental jams and did vocals on covers as well as Powers' excellent originals. Original band members were Hunter on drums, Phil McDonald (now in Savannah, GA), bass and Steve Cowart (now Steven Lee of Las Vegas) on guitar. Later that year, and after a break up hiatus, Hunter and Powers realized their strength as a team and the group streamed down and reformed as a trio.

Jimmy's high school buddy guitarist Jerry Kent, played fretless bass at the Inn Between gig to packed crowds of fans. When Clive Davis flew out to see the group, Powers got signed to Big Tree Records. Tom eventually went down to Nashville to make his record using studio musicians. Powers had a regional hit called "It Ain't Love." Tom is now in Phoenix playing and uses Jimmy as a producer on some projects and sometimes Hunter even flies over to play jazz gigs.


Frankie Dunn 1971
Dunn fronted a popular lounge organ/drum duo (1971) for many years in the area of Pontiac, Michigan. Jimmy played drums with Frankie (Dutto) Dunn at the Shelby Inn at M-59 and Mound 4 nights a week during his early college days at Macomb County Community College. Hunter honed in his show drumming chops but at every spare chance he played in original rock groups in the daytime and took night off to play concerts around the Detroit area.

The River Rats / Smile featuring Al Collini 1971
Al and Jimmy were an organ and drums duo that rivaled Lee Michaels and Frosty. Jimmy met Al around 1970 when Al had just come back for Los Angeles all full of flower power and the stories of Love-ins and the happenings of the west coast that Jimmy would someday call home.


Collini and Hunter played in Woordward Ave. beer bars and in a seedy dive hole in the wall called the Sewer By The Sea which was in a back alleys near the edge of the Detroit River waterfront. They cranked it loud and played Al's original tunes and a few other classics, did a lot of jamming and soloing. It was from Al's encouragement and inspiration that Jimmy began to turn on the power and endurance that he became known for. They did a tune called "The Train" where Al would turn on the leslie speaker on and off like a whistle blowing and Hunter hit his "Grand Funk Triplets" so loud and furious and fast that it sounded like a real train coming thru the place.

Al Collini in a recent pic with a fresh catch.

Wake 1971
This star-studded quartet featured guitar legend Wayne "Tex" Gabriel, who later became the guitarist of NYC's Elephant's Memory which was John Lennon's backup band. Lennon also featured Tex's playing on his "Imagine" album. Phil McDonald on bass, who now lives in Savannah, GA and John Harden, now in Lexington, KY. After Wake, Harden later became sax player for rock icon Iggy Pop and Andy Frazier of Free. Hunter, Harden, and McDonald still do fun raising blues concerts with their Detroit Conncection Blues band. (see the top of this page) The four did a live jam session once with Edgar Winter which was more than memorable..
Regretfully,"Tex" (pictured) passed away in May of 2010. You can check out more about Wayne "Tex" Gabriel HERE (website) and HERE (myspace).

Rochester Michigan Elks Club House Band 1971
Jazzy elegant dinner/dance music trio with organist Mickey Gonzalez (right) on Cordovox and Big Jim Wright on electric Varitone tenor sax. They played three nights a week while Jimmy pursued creative bands on the side. It was with this band that and young and musically eager Hunter fine-tuned his skills in the musical phrasing of "standards" and improvisation from being around these seasoned veteran cats who could really play up a storm. Pictured below is Mickey playing the fancy organ at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham, AL around the time of his induction to the American Theater Organist Society.

Wayne State University Concert Band and Big Band 1971
Hunter, majored in music performance and education played Tuba in concert band and Drums in the big band. The big band featured a lot of future Motown session players like Joe Podorsek and Dennis Coffey. This was a turning point period for Jimmy as he was involved in both original music rock groups and moonlighting in clubs.

Justice Colt 1970-71



Justice Colt - Joe Gutc-gtr, Tony Presti-drms, Rick Manasa-keys, Steve Hiddid-tpt, Phil McDonald-bass, Ron Jimison-tpt, Mark Olsen-sax, Mark Ryder-vocals

A Blood Sweat and Tears type horn band which performed original music with vocalist Mark Ryder, brother of Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels. Rick Manasa went on to play keys with Bob Seger, John Harden (also not pictured) went on to play with Iggie Pop. Jimmy was not the drummer at the time this pic was taken but it includes his former bandmates in an earlier shot before he took over the drumming chores. Mark Olsen, sax/keyboards went on to become a member of Motown hitmen Rare Earth. Drummer Jimmy Hunter and bassist Phil McDonald established a team that lasted through several band congifurations in this period of Jimmy's career. Joe Gutc aka "The Rat" pictured on the left still tours with Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels.

The "Jammin' at The Cave years 1970-71
Right out of high school, Jimmy moved out of his parent's home and purchased a small house trailer in the Northeast burbs of Harrison Township, Mich. One day, an attic apartment atop the bait shop/convenience store at the park became available and for the next couple of years, it became the "crash pad" of some of the most beloved musician friends that have lasted all his life. The apartment was called "The Cave".

Jimmy's buddies, which included bassist-roommate Mark Zuzanek, John Harden (alto), Bob Russell (tenor) Phil McDonald (bass), and scores of guitarists jammed day and night and there always seemed to be someone dropping over with their instruments to interact musically in this really cool pad with a D shaped living room, glass blocked windows and a view of Lake St. Clair.

Billy Lyons and the Soul Safari 1969-70




Billy Lyons was the first black singer Jimmy had ever backed up. Billy was big on Brook Benton and Lou Rawls styles and this group took Hunter and indoctrinated him in the Motown Sound which he had not experienced before. This early club work was under the leadership of Dale Turner (guitarist) with Jim Edwards on organ. Pictured is 18 year old Jimmy on his white '67 Ludwigs at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Alden 1970

A Doors - like trio with Jerry Kent on guitar, Tim Schultz on keys and Jimmy on "tubs." The three Lakeview High chums ventured out into the Detroit bar scene - often playing in stripper bars and venturing into areas these youngster had never seen in the inner city of Detroit. Jimmy prided himself on being able to squeeze an entire set of '67 Ludwigs into his 1960 Simca which was no larger than a Volkswagon.

Macomb County Community College Big Band 1969-70
Jimmy and two of his drummer buddies, Bill Fierst and John Vlecko shared the drumming seat with this lab big band. Each drummer had his special talents and took on the tune best for them. Jimmy did the rock and funky numbers. Fierst took on the trio swing numbers. Vlecko, who was right out of the army did the heavier reading and numbers that required better reading-he also had great brush technique. It was John Vlecko was a big influence on Hunter's powerful and fast kick drum technique by steering him in the direction of the Chapin method of hand/foot independance. A big highlight was a concert they got to play with featured Motown studio session vibraphonist, Jack Brokensha (pictured) who also was a member of the Australian Jazz Quintet. Hunter achieved associates degree in music education with honors despite the animal house parties at the cave. Jimmy Hunter attributes much of his influence from the teaching techiques learned from professors Tom Cook and Ken Koenig. Hunter learned to play many instruments as he pursued his music teaching degree. Where Jimmy was an average student in high school he attained a Dean's List status (4.0 average) while attending this college.

Gary Rae 1969
An organ and drums duo with Detroit Hammond B3 wizard.
Organist Gary Rae with Jimmy 30 years later!
Detroit booking agent Terri Michelle discovered Jimmy as a very young drummer fresh out of high school and put him together with Gary Rae. They played at the Roman Gate on Woodward Ave. and 12 Mile Rd. in June, 1969. Still good friends, they did New Year's 1999 together in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

St. Clair Shores (Michigan) Civic Symphony Orchestra 1969-71
When available, Jimmy played tympani, drums and tuba under direction of Jack D. Metz and later with Buffalo N.Y. conductor, Fransisco DiBlasi over the course of his high school and college years.

The pic is the great Jack D. Metz band director/conductor and Jimmy Hunter from the Lakeview High School Band 25 year reunion around 1984.

The Rude Awakenings 1967-68
Featured Detroit harmonica legend Tom "Pepper" Piepszowski who continues to perform in and around the Motor City. The band played at DJ Tommy Shannon's Surfside 3 in Windsor, Canada and lots of local dances and "hops", and battle of the bands.

Lakeview High School Band 1966-69
Hunter was a multi-insrumentalist in high school playing tuba, tympani and drums/percussion-even some string bass with his school's championship high school music program under the direction of Jack D. Metz who had a very large staff which included Jimmy's mentors- Art Dries, Thomas Ploeger, Janice Mackie, and Irv Inselman. An uncanny percentage of musicians come from this school and achieved a national level of recognition in the area of pop music. Some of which work in the studio with Jimmy today. Many of the production techiques he learned from this very dedicated staff of instructors help him today in his production of his clients at Cazador Studio.
Jimmy's mom coaching him at 25 year band reunion



Irv Inselman, Hunter, Chet Birch


The Manchesters 1964-66
Jimmy's first rock band was a "Mercy Beat" type group with Keith Jenken guitar and Gary Kanaby on bass. The band played around their hometown in (Detroit area) St. Clair Shores, Michigan at Chippewa Jr. High School dances, battle of the bands, and youth nites at Lakeshore Presbyterian Church. They practiced after school almost everyday in Jimmy's basement until his folks got home and flashed the lights from upstairs yelling, "The vibrations, the vibrations!" They used Silvertone guitars and amps, did everything from Louie Louie, to My Baby Does The Hanky Panky. They loved The Kinks and Stones and other British Invasion groups.



The Manchesters, Keith, Mike, Jimmy and Gary

Chippewa Jr High School Band 1963-66
Hunter played drums and tuba in Concert Band, Jazz Lab Big Band, a Tijuana Brass tribute group and played tuba in German Polka band arranged by band director, Art Dries. Dries was a mentor to Jimmy and allowed him to be in the 8th and 9th band as a tuba player in the 7th grade.

Roger Weyersburg (trombone), Jimmy Hunter (tuba), Mike McMurtrie (clarinet).

It was after school watching Art Dries giving drum lessons to other students that Hunter became fixed on becoming a rock drummer and to be like Mr. Dries who rocked and growled with feeling when he played. This is where the life long band relationships with Iggie Pop saxman, John Harden and Elton John bassist, Bob Birch began. Jimmy was student conductor in the ninth grade and conducted Wagner's Die Meistersinger in concert. Roger Weyersburg (pictured-left) is now a band director in Owosso, Michigan.

As a result of his interests in becoming a band director, Jimmy received a scholorship to attend a summer music program offered by the William and Mary College of Virginia, in Hunter's home state, for his tuba playing.



Jimmy at 13 with Kippy in his room on Wildwood in St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Cornet (trumpet) and Tuba lessons 1960-1962
Flushing, Michigan public schools which is a suberb of Flint, Michigan.

Piano lessons 1959-1963
Studied privately in Roanake, Virginia and Flushing, Michigan.

Jimmy's Father and Mother / James and Sarah Hunter
This is the team that "banded" together and made Jimmy Hunter, born December 16, 1950.






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