Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

1970-1980
Dan Hamilton
Joe Frank Carollo
Tommy Reynolds1970-1973
Alan Dennison1973-1980
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  • The three original members of the band began their careers as session musicians. From 1964 to 1966, they were members of a studio instrumental group called the T-Bones, which went to #3 in 1966 with "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach is in)," which was later an Alka Seltzer commercial. In 1970, they formed their own band. >>
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    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA
  • Dan Hamilton was born in Wenatchee, Washington and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15. Joe Frank Carollo was born in Leland, Mississippi, and Tommy Reynolds is a native New Yorker.
  • Tommy Reynolds left the group in 1972 to become a minister in Texas. He was replaced by Alan Dennison, who was born in Marion, Ohio.
  • They signed to Playboy Records in 1974 and the following year had a US #1 hit with "Fallin' In Love." A follow up song "Winners and Losers" peaked #21 in 1976.
  • In 1973, Reynolds left to join another band called Shango and was replaced by Alan Dennison. Despite losing Reynolds, the band kept the name because Playboy Records wanted them associated with their hit "Don't Pull Your Love (Out)." In 1976, the group finally dropped "Reynolds" from the name and changed it to "Hamilton, Joe Frank and Dennison." Two more singles were released after that, and neither was successful.
  • In the winter of 1993 Dan Hamilton became seriously and mysteriously ill, an unexpected turn for an apparently healthy, 3rd-degree black belt. He spent several months in the hospital while doctors did their best to figure out what was causing him to have the multiple physical complications that kept him from walking, playing, or singing his beloved music. Eventually he was diagnosed with a rare adrenal condition known as Cushing's syndrome. He died in Los Angeles in the early hours of December 23, 1994, at the age of 48. >>
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  • Brian from Morro Bay, CaFYI - The Roadie (also a radio DJ) for Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, has just written a book about his life on the road and the lives of his beloved group, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. **Search for 'Ronnie Rush Gypsy' on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OB1WAS/
  • Lynn from Dallas, TxJoe Frank continues to live in Santa Monica, CA (area) where I knew him and his family well. He is the father of now-famous composer Joey Newman of the Newman (20th Century Fox) Dynasty. (See www.joeynewman.com).
  • Tommy from Mobile, AlWhat has happen to joe frank they did a show for me in the early 90s?
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