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FRANK MARINO He was born Francesco Antonio Marino on November 20, 1954 in Montreal, Canada. Half Italian and half Arab, Frank is one of five children and only has a 7th grade education that even included a short stint in military school. "Those years were the late sixties and everyone was into the hippie peace movement and we were so busy getting stoned that we certainly didn't want to attend school. All we did besides getting stoned was listen to Hendrix, The Doors, The Beatles and a few others as well as getting involved in movements such as peace, love, anti-war etc. Those were definitely the days, not like now where many young people seem to be into negativism and hate". It was during those days that his experimentation with LSD would lead him to what was later to become the definition of his life. As a young person doing far too much acid, he couldn't really understand when it finally caught up with him and gave him such an incredibly vivid experience that was so overwhelming, that it landed him in the hospital. "This experience became the basis of everything that I was to do in music, including the name Mahogany Rush, which was a description I would use to describe a certain sensation that I was having on the trip. The artwork on the albums, Child of the Novelty and Strange Universe are an artist's rendition of my trip as told by me to the artist, Ivan Schwartz, who has since passed away". Since this early drug experience later became known to the press that covered his career, and since he played much in the style of Jimi Hendrix who had recently died, these sensationalists created stories that to this very day Frank has tried immensely and unsuccessfully to dismiss. "The most often heard story is that I took an overdose and woke up from a coma in the hospital and somehow became the spirit of Hendrix, or that I met this spirit and it entered me, endowing me with this amazing ability to play a guitar and magically know everything about it. Later on the story changed into a version that said I was in a car accident, died and came back as Jimi Hendrix in my body. They never ask me the truth and when I told them, they wouldn't listen. The short truth about it is that I learned how to play guitar while recuperating from my trip. The guitar became a soothing help for me because of my great fear of letting my mind wander back into the trip if I wasn't occupied and besides it was the only thing in the hospital relaxation room. I never even thought about the guitar before since I played the drums quite well anyway. I had this trip while Hendrix was still alive and began to play his music because it matched perfectly to what I was going through at the time". It was only a few short years later after many different band members, that Frank Marino recorded his first album. "In the early years I played in a church and even on a float in a parade. I did mostly cover songs by The Doors, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Cream, Johnny Winter, The Beatles and even The Grateful Dead as well as a few originals that I had written". Frank Marino's music never reached the mainstream of popularity, but has had a devoted fan base that has grown over the years. Being sober now for over 35 years, he still plays with the enthusiasm that he's always had. Frank is into his music and doesn't really care for the business side of it and has always produced his own albums as well as writing and arranging all of the music. If you ever get a chance to see him play live, don't pass it up. I have been a devoted fan for 30 years and welcome any newcomers with open arms. {FROM THE FAN SITE ON MYSPACE}
 FREDDIE KING Freddie King was born Frederick Christian in Gilmer, Texas on September,3, 1934. He learned to play the guitar at age six when he was taught by his mother and brother. He enjoyed listening to Lightning Hopkins and Louis Jordan and he often tried to copy their musical style. In 1950 Freddie King and his family moved to Chicago. When he was 16 he would sneak into the Chicago clubs and listen to all the great Chicago bluesmen. Eventually Howlin Wolf took Freddie under his wing. During this time Freddie also jammmed with the likes of Eddie Taylor, Robert Lockwood Jr. and Little Walter to name a few. By 1952 he had gotten married and played music at night and worked in a steel mill during the day. Throughout his career Freddie King made recordings or many different record labels such as: Parrot, Federal, Atlantic and Shelter (to name a few). Freddie King's music has inspired lots of musicians and listeners for some time, artists like Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards, Ronnie Earl, Jerry Garcia, Kenny Wayne Sheperd and John Mayer to name a few. Freddie King passed in Dallas, Texas from a heart attack on December 28th 1976. Freddie King's most well known hits were Hide-a-way, Have you ever loved a woman and Going Down. {FROM THE FANSITE OF FREDDIE KING}

JOHN NITZINGER John Nitzinger, a Texas legend, has been a worldwide force behind rock and roll since the ‘70’s. His song writing style is unique and diversified. He is known for his contribution to the development of the signature sound of “Texas Rock and Blues”. Proof of his Texas legendary status, Nitzinger was one of the first four artists to be inducted into Buddy Magazine’s Texas Tornado’s Hall of Fame in 1978, “as a Texas Tornado of Guitar, one of the best musicians in Texas, perhaps in the world.” During the ‘70’s, John wrote half of five albums with the rock band, Bloodrock. He was awarded a Gold Album from Capitol Records for “Bloodrock 2” and was soon signed to Capitol on a solo venture. Two classics were released; the self titled “Nitzinger” and “Nitzinger One Foot In History”. The hit single “Louisiana Cockfight” is considered to be a classic. John took to touring his solo albums and shared the stage with legendary artists such as, Leon Russell, BB King, Sly & The Family Stone and Freddie King. Moving on internationally, he performed at the Mar Y Sol International Pop Festival in Puerto Rico with world renowned artists such as The Allman Brothers Band, Alice Cooper, BB King, The J. Geils Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin, Emerson Lake & Palmer, among others. John’s classic, “Jelly Roll Blues” stole the show and became an instant hit for Atlantic Records. In 1976, John signed with 20th Century Fox and music mogul, Russ Regan to produce Nitzinger’s album, “Live Better Electrically”. This album reached the charts with two hit singles, “Are You With Me” and “Yellow Dog”. In 1980, Carl Palmer broke away from Emerson Lake and Palmer to form a new group, 1PM, which included John as a major song writer and guitarist. They signed to Areola Europe Records and released the single “Dynamite”, increasing John’s popularity in the overseas market. In 1982, John joined forces with Alice Cooper on the “Special Forces” international and USA tours as guitarist. After touring, John wrote, with Alice Cooper, the album “Zipper Catches Skin”. The album was released on Warner Bros. Records featuring John’s “I Like Girls”, a great success in Europe and Asia. With his return from the road, John released an album on the label of Record Heaven, “Going Back To Texas”. This album contains thirteen of his classic songs such as, “Louisiana Cockfight”, “Jelly Roll Blues”, “Yellow Dog”, “L.A. Texas Boy”, and “Control”. In 2007, he finally released his long awaited “Kiss Of The Mudman” CD, a testament to his trials and tribulations and has been said to be some his best work. John was awarded Fort Worth Weekly’s Hall Of Fame music award in 2008. John hit the road again for a brief European tour performing at the Tenth Annual Sweden Rock Festival as well as appearing on European television, radio and at exclusive club dates. He was invited again to perform at the 2010 Annual Sweden Rock Festival in Europe as a solo act at the Festival’s very first acoustic tent. Multitudes of fans reinforced his popularity in Europe. Due to popular demand, another European tour is in the near future. Giving back has become an essential part of Johnny’s life through teaching. While going through all of his experiences and working on his album, Johnny began Nitzinger’s Music Factory teaching children and adults to play instruments, sing and write their own original songs. Nitzinger’s Rock Camp is held various times during the year. Originality, spirituality and staying clean and sober are clear messages that he stresses to his students.