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Dirty Dan and Mongo Man Show Wednesday December 1, 2010 Welcomes Cliff Johnson Show #121

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This Cliff Johnson is one of America's greatest hidden treasures. He is, if Robin Zander is the man of 1,000 voices, Cliff is the man of 2,000. He is the only person in Rock and Roll History to have his bands spawn not 1, but 2 members of Cheap Trick, & have 2 of his drummers move on to Ozzie Osborne's bands. The only thing missing has been the Huge Hit that moves an artist over the top. Cliff has been number 1 in a small radio market in the Midwest for a song titled "Are You Alone". A new career retrospective, soon to be released should fix the lack of a "Hit Single". The track "Wherever You Are" is the best new Beatles, Turtles, Beach Boys, & Raspberries inspired piece of Power Pop (Cliff is in the first chapter of whatever book is written about Power Pop or it is a fraud) since Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart". Where did Cliff come from, and where did he learn those harmonies? Cliff is from Oak Park, a city with a who's who of residents, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Dan Castellaneta (Voice of Homer Simpson), Daws Butler (Voice of Yogi Bear & Huckleberry Hound), Ray Kroc (Founder of a little restaurant named McDonalds), and of course. Cliff Johnson, founding member and singer/songwriter of Pezband, d'Thumbs, USSA, Off Broadway, Black n Blonde, & most recently, the Cliff Johnson Band. The Harmonies? Three extremely harmonious older sisters doing (and outdoing) the harmonies on WLS or WCFL in the car made for an extremely competitive voice to fit in to the styling of the Shirelle's, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield & a host of others. This competitive streak took Cliff to the top in Illinois State gymnastics. These moves made their way onto stages across the country, playing shows with The Beach Boys, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, AC/DC, Blackfoot, among others