From an early age I was exposed to guitar greats such as Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt. Traditional bluegrass and country music have stayed with me for many years. During my late teen years I switched to studying jazz and that lead to a whole new form of expression.
In my 20's I got involved in the local rock scene in Philadelphia and became the guitarist for Robert Hazard and the Heroes, who wrote Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
As twists of fate happen, a sudden and unexpected departure from Robert Hazard led the way to joining another local band, The Hooters in 1983. Originally founded by Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, who later wrote such hits as "Time After Time" for Cyndi Lauper's "She So Unusual" and "One of Us" for Joan Osborne's debut album "Relish"
We toured across America, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and Australia in the 80's and 90's performing at historic events including opening the Live Aid Concert in Philadelphia 1985, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium 1986 and Rodger Waters' The Wall Concert in Berlin 1991.
The Hooters reunited on Nov. 21st 2001 and performed at the Spectrum in Philadelphia for WMMR DJ Pierre Robert's 20th Anniversary party and continue to perform in the states and Europe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lilley
My first solo project launched Fall 2009
with the release of 'Lucky Kinda Guy" on Oct. 6th 2009
I continue touring with The Hooters in the states and around the world.
The musical adventure continues....
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