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Jon Tiven (born January 3, 1955 in New Haven, Connecticut) is a composer, guitarist and record producer. He has produced albums by Wilson Pickett, Frank Black and Don Covay as well as a series of tribute albums paying tribute to the songwriting of Don Covay, Arthur Alexander, Otis Blackwell, Curtis Mayfield, and Van Morrison. Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B/Rock and Roll and soul singer. ... For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ... Don Covay is an influential African-American R&B/Rock and Roll/Soul Music singer and songwriter most active in the 1950s and 1960s, who received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994. ...


Early career

He was a founder of the bands The Yankees and The Jon Tiven Group. Tiven began his career as a music journalist in the late 1960s, writing for Rolling Stone, Fusion, Melody Maker, and a host of other magazines. Initially an alto saxophonist, he taught himself to play a variety of instruments and became fairly adept at guitar, enough to write songs and accompany himself. In 1975 Tiven went to work for Chess Records in New York, but quickly saw that working inside a record company was not his calling, and travelled to Memphis to produce Alex Chilton's first solo album Bach's Bottom a.k.a. The Singer Not The Song at Alex's request. The Jon Tiven Group made two albums in the 1990s. ...

Productions and Projects

Upon returning to New York, Tiven licensed the Chilton masters as well as other Memphis recordings he had made to Ork Records, the first New Wave/punk rock label. He soon split to produce for Big Sound Records, where he produced records by Van Duren and his own band The Yankees, but losing faith in those running the label he became totally independent. In addition to playing on sessions for artists such as Major Lance ("I've Got A Right To Cry") and The Rolling Stones ("Jivin Sister Fanny"), Tiven honed his craft as a member of The Jim Carroll Band, as a guitarist/organist and also cowriting with Carroll the title song of the second album ("Dry Dreams"). Befriended by John Belushi, he formed a The Tom Davis Experience featuring Al Franken with the two comedians, and had a featured acting role as well as writing five songs for their film One More Saturday Night (Columbia Pictures, 1986) produced by Dan Aykroyd. Major Lance compilation album Major Lance (b 4 April 1941, Winterville, Mississippi - d 3 September 1994, Decatur, Georgia) was an American R&B singer. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, actor and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoons Animal House and The Blues Brothers. ... One More Saturday Night is a 1986 comedy film, written by Al Franken and Tom Davis, and directed by Dennis Klein. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ...


Other artists such as Rick Derringer, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, and The Symptoms started recording his songs, and Tiven dedicated himself to primarily writing songs for other artists. In 1985 he renewed a friendship with his hero Don Covay, and they wrote, performed, and recorded together through 2001. A label approached him to make his own record, and so was formed The Jon Tiven Group who recorded two albums, Blue Guru and Yes I Ram in 1996 and 1999 respectively. The band featured Jon Tiven on guitar, Alan Merrill on lead vocals, Todd Snare on drums, and Tiven's wife Sally Tiven on bass. Tiven started having some Billboard top 100 chart success with covered songs recorded by Huey Lewis & the News and The Jeff Healey Band, and Tiven then submitted some songs to B.B. King to record. To his surprise King's manager asked him to produce B.B. The sessions Tiven produced and wrote by B.B. King were parcelled out on several releases, including Here and There, a European release Lucille & Friends, and the Grammy-award winning box set King Of The Blues. From that time on Tiven would distinguish himself in the Soul/Blues field, writing and producing new albums by Don Covay, Syl Johnson, Donnie Fritts, Freddie Scott, and Sir Mack Rice to name but a few. He coaxed Arthur Alexander out of retirement in 1990 and in 1998 produced and cowrote Wilson Pickett's first album in seventeen years, It's Harder Now, which won three prestigious W.C. Handy Awards and in addition was nominated for a Grammy. Tiven continued to have his songs recorded by other artists--- Robert Cray had a top seller with the cover "24-7 Man," Johnny Winter with "I Smell Smoke," Buddy Guy with "Midnight Train," Shemekia Copeland with "Married To The Blues," Irma Thomas with "Trying To Catch A Cab In The Rain," and Australian Ian Moss with "Mr. Rain." Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer, 5 August 1947, in Fort Recovery, Ohio) is an American guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer. ... Don Covay is an influential African-American R&B/Rock and Roll/Soul Music singer and songwriter most active in the 1950s and 1960s, who received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994. ... The Jon Tiven Group made two albums in the 1990s. ... Alan Merrill // Early life Alan Merrill was born Allan P. Sachs on February 19, 1951 in New York City, the son of two jazz musicians, singer Helen Merrill, and saxophone/clarinet player Aaron Sachs. ... Todd Snare is a drummer who has played in the bands PM Dawn, Groove Theory, and The Jon Tiven Group. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart used by Billboard magazine. ... Huey Lewis & the News is a Grammy winning and Academy Award nominated US rock band based in San Francisco, California. ... Jeff Healey (born March 25, 1966) is a Canadian blues-rock guitarist. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Here and There is a live album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Lucille & Friends is a 1995 recording by B.B. King accompanied by major jazz, rock and blues artists. ... Don Covay is an influential African-American R&B/Rock and Roll/Soul Music singer and songwriter most active in the 1950s and 1960s, who received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994. ... Syl Johnson (b Sylvester Thompson, 1 July 1936, Holly Springs, Mississippi) is an American blues and soul singer. ... Freddie Scott (April 24, 1933 - June 4, 2007) was a solo artist who began his career as a songwriter for Colpix Records, along with Carole King and Gerry Goffin. ... Sir Mack Rice (born Bonnie Rice on Nov. ... Arthur Alexander (May 10, 1940 - June 9, 1993), born in Florence, Alabama, was perhaps the biggest star to arise out of the American country-soul scene. ... Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B/Rock and Roll and soul singer. ... Robert Cray (foreground) Robert Cray (born 1 August 1953, in Columbus, Georgia) is a blues musician, guitarist and singer. ... John Dawson Johnny Winter III (born on 23 February 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, USA) is an American blues guitarist, singer, and producer. ... George Buddy Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American blues and rock guitarist and singer. ... Shemekia Copeland (1979 – ) is a notable American blues singer born in Harlem, New York. ... A soul Queen from New Orleans. ... Ian Moss is an Australian rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist and occasional singer with Cold Chisel. ...


After the Jon Tiven Group disbanded, he was not content to rest on his laurels, so Tiven busied himself in the new millennium by discovering, producing and cowriting a series of albums with soul/blues singer Ellis Hooks who was heralded as following in the tradition of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and James Brown. Moving from New York to Nashville in 2002, he produced a series of well-received albums by Frank Black, previously best known as lead singer and songwriter with the band Pixies. In 2004 he produced and cowrote what would become Little Milton's last recorded effort Think Of Me, which was released in 2005 and received four W.C. Handy Awards in 2006 including Song of the Year and Album of the Year. In 2006, he produced Sailover, a welcome return by legendary singer/songwriter P.F. Sloan for Hightone Records, as well as What I Was Running From, the debut album by Indiana singer/songwriter Don Pedigo. He continued to have his songs recorded by soul and blues artists, including Billy Price, Ricky Fante, Gigi Dover, Hard Bargain featuring Arthur Canady, Rock Bottom, and Jim Quick & Coastline. For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ... Milton Little Milton Campbell, Jr. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical). ... P.F. Sloan is an American pop-rock singer and songwriter, born Philip Schlein in New York City in 1945. ...

Tiven began 2007 in style by producing/writing Is Anybody Out There?, a new spiritual album by the incomparable Garnet Mimms. He also produced and wrote Intuition, the first recordings in thirty-seven years by legendary soul singer Betty Harris. He continued his body of work with Ellis Hooks by producing Another Saturday Morning, the sixth album by the Alabama soul/rock hybrid. Tiven also helmed the chart-topping American debut Sofa King Badass by blues/soul singer (and harmonica player) Mason Casey. Touring Europe with a new band Jon Tiven & the Nashville Aces, he introduced his nine-piece outfit backing Ellis, Betty, and Sir Mack Rice. Spurred on by the enthusiastic reception they received at the Porretta Soul Festival (as well as the Umbria Jazz Fest and Narcao Blues Fest), Tiven recorded a new album with this group featuring a variety of singers and called it Soul Revue Volume 1. Is Anybody Out There? is the forty-eigth episode of the French animated television series Code Lyoko and is the first installment of the five-part Season 2 finale. ... Garnet Mimms (born Garrett Mimms 16 November 1933 in Ashland, West Virginia) is an American singer influential in soul music and rhythm and blues. ... Look up Intuition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Betty Harris (born 1939, in Orlando, Florida) is an American Soul Singer. ... Sir Mack Rice (born Bonnie Rice on 10 November 1933, in Clarksdale, Mississippi), is a nationally prominent American songwriter, whose compositions have been performed by many well-known artists, including The Staple Singers, Ike and Tina Turner, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Shirley Brown, Rufus Thomas, Etta James, Billy Eckstine, Eddie...

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The Jon Tiven Group is a very good rhythm and blues band, and Yes I Ram is a fine CD containing 16 tracks.
Sally Tiven is highly skilled on the electric bass, forming a fine rhythm section with drummer and percussionist Todd Snare.
Jon Tiven, indeed, has a long history as a songwriter -- for Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Robert Cray, and others.
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When Tiven decided to assemble his own working unit, the first person he asked to participate was his wife Sally, who is equally at home on guitar or bass.
Calling themselves Jon Tiven's Ego Trip, they made a first album, Blue Guru, which was hailed by critics and radio alike, although the group name was later changed to simply the Jon Tiven Group.
In addition to some performance dates in support of the new album, Jon is busy producing an album by Sir Mack Rice scheduled for release early next year, and writing songs for upcoming albums by Koko Taylor (a duet with B.B. King), Tinsley Ellis, Shemekia Copeland and Son Seals, among others.
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