John Lee Sanders

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Discography

4 Song EP
1980
EP
K, Sax, LV, BV
Halfway to Paradise
Produced by Ken Mansfield, Beatles US Manager
1986
LP
K
John Lee Hooker
1986
LP
Piano
My old buddy, Deacon Jones, who I had known as the Hammond Organist from the Freddie King band, back in my days in Dallas Texas, was producing a John Lee Hooker LP, for a small indy label called Pausa records, and hired me on spec, which is, if the record label goes for the 4 or 5 song demo, the band gets paid, and they put up the money for the rest of the LP. I only played on one track, which was good enough for me, to be on a record from my namesake, I joked around with blues fans saying my mama named me after a famous Mississippi bluesman. When I started touring with Long John Baldry, there were 3 johns in the band (and no waiting) and it got confusing, Long John, Papa John King, and me, so they all agreed I should put the “Lee” in, I mean it’s on my birth certificate. My mother called me Johnny, and only called me “John lee” at my baptism and when she was mad at me.
The song was “We’ll meet again” a soulful ballad with a Ray Charles Gospel piano in 12/8 time. “Here’s the deal” , says Deacon, “If Hook likes the track, we go in and cut it with him live in the studio”, well a week went by, Deacon calls and says, “Hook loves the track, but he don’t wanna pay to bring no band back in, he just gon’ take my scratch vocal off, and put his on tape” I said, “that’s cool, long as I get paid”, well that’s another story, and I did get paid, years later after Richard Branson picked up the track for Virgin Records. Anyway, John Lee Hooker comes in Dragon Studio in Redwood City CA, about a 40 minute drive from his Beautiful Los Altos Hills home. Bruce, the engineer asked if he needed anything to warm up, John Lee Hooker replied in his smoky deep bluesy voice that could have been a line from the next song, “Go gimme a Barbeque samich and a cold beer” he chased the food with the beer, and did 2 or 3 takes and he was gone. I went to one of JL’s last concerts, before he passed away, in San Francisco. I surprised my girlfriend Judy, and told her to keep her eyes closed when walking up to the marquee. We met him after the show, and he invited us to his home. He said “John Lee, you can play my piano, while me and Judy takes a walk in the garden”, at 81 he was still frisky with the ladies.

Deacon Jones
1987
LP
Piano, Keyboards
Long John Baldry
1987
1987
Alto, Tenor Sax, arranging
Linda Arnold
1990
CD
KB, Arr, BV
Soundtrack
1985
35mm
Composer, K,S,V
Soundtrack
1985
35mm, VHS
Composer, K, V, Saxes
Game Soundtrack
Mother Goose-Hidden Pictures
1991
CD-1
Arr, K,S,V
Game
Soundtrack
1991
CD-1
ARR,Keys,
Game
Soundtrack
1991
CD-1
Composer, Arr, K, V,
Game Soundtrack
1993
CD-i
Composer,K, V
Long John Baldry
1993
CD
K,S,V,BV
Linda Arnold
1994.
CD, Cassette
Arr. K
Long John Baldry
1993
DVD
K, Sax, V, BV
Linda Arnold
1991
CD, Cassette
Pr, Arr, Composer, K, Sax, V, BV
Strangers in Silhouette,
Poetic Justice
1991
CD
LV, Saxes
Linda Arnold
1995
CD, Cass.
Prod, Arr, K, V, BV, Sax.
John Lee Sanders
1995
CD
Pr, Comp, Arr, K, Sax, V, BV
Long John Baldry
1995
CD
Saxes, Arr.
JLS & the Voodoo Hanks
1999
CD
V, K, Saxes
John Lee Sanders
2000
CD
Prod, Composer, K,V, Sax, Pennywhistle
Strokeland Superband
2000
CD
Lead Voc.
Chris Cain
2001
CD
Arr, Saxes
Long John Baldry
2001
CD
K, V, Org
John Lee Sanders
2001
CD
Pr. C, K, V, Saxes
Ford Blues Band
2003
CD
Arr. Saxes
Linda Arnold
2001
CD
Pr. Arr, K, Sax, V, BV, WW
Dallis Craft
2001
CD
Lead vocal, Saxes
Brady Seals
2003
CD
Penny Whistle
Ford Blues Band with Robben Ford & Chris Cain
2002
CD
Arr, Saxes, Lead Vocal
John Lee Hooker
1995
CD
Piano
Kenny Butterill
2003
CD
Saxes, BV, Keys, Cover Painting
Chuck McCabe
2006
CD
K, BV
Robben Ford & the Ford Blues Band
2001
CD
Arr. Saxes
David Raitt, Jimmy Thackery
2001
CD
Arr. Saxes
Fred Ross Featuring the Strokeland Superband
2006
CD
K, BV
Glenn Walters Featuring the Stokeland Superband
2000
CD
BV
Garth Webber
2000
CD
Lead Vocals
Angela Strehli
2005
CD
Pre Production, K, Saxes, BV
LZ Phoenix
2002
CD
K, BV
Marcia Ball
2003
CD
Composer
Tower of Power
2003
CD
Horn Arr., BV
John Lee Sanders
2005
CD
Prod. K, V, Composer,
A Windham Hill Collection
2000
CD
Prod, K, Arr.
Zigaboo Modeliste
2003
CD
K, BV, Sax
Paul Williams
2003
CD
K, BV, Sax
Paul Williams
2005
DVD
K, BV, Sax
Willie Nelson, Paul Williams
2005
CD
Piano
New Ohr Linz Dixieband
2004
CD
K, LV, Sax, BV
Strokeland Superband
2007
CD
Lead Vocal
John Lee Sanders
2007
CD
Prod., K, LV, Sax
John Lee Sanders
2007
DVD
Prod, K, LV, Sax
Victor Krumenacher
2008
CD
BV
Bob Dylan
2004
DVD soundtrack
Sax
John Lee Sanders
2009
CD
LV, Piano
John Lee Sanders & the World Blue Band
2008
CD
Prod. K, Sax, LV, BV
John Lee Sanders
2010
CD
Prod, K, Sax, Flute, LV, Arr. Composer
John Lee Sanders
2007
CD
Prod. Piano, LV
John Lee Sanders & The William Ross Orchestra
2008
CD
LV, BV
Vinnie Zummo
2010
CD
K, LV
this album is meant to pay tribute to my fave artists by writing songs in the styles they pioneered. The fun part is that the songs often veered into my own thing by the time I finished them. Though I play most of the instruments on the album myself, we were lucky enough to have some very special guests on this album. With special appearances by: John Sebastian, Mike Mainieri, Mark Egan, John Lee Sanders, The Alessi Brothers, Graham Maby & Dave Houghton from the Joe Jackson Band, Matty Amendola, Gary Burke, Cameron Brown, Shawn Pelton, Scott Bennet (from the Brian Wilson Band) & others.
James Avery
2010
CD
Keyboards, Backing vocals
The "textures canadiana" CD is a collection of songs that reflect wide influences in the tradition of great singer songwriters. The songs are varied in style and tempos and feature instruments to attract the ear.