Hoot Jupiter: Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Pedal Steel Guitarist
Hoot Jupiter was born circa 5 BC which is as close as we could get. The length of a year is substantially longer where he comes from and has a complicated 3 way calendar not dissimilar to the early Mayan calendar. Because of primitive time keeping on earth thousands of years ago, it’s difficult to come up with an algorithm to convert early dates from his planet to ours and basically not worth the time.
Born in another galaxy not yet discovered by scientists on earth, he cannot divulge the name as one of the many commitments he had to make in order to come to this planet i.e., keeping his anonymity, that is, until recently when many of the restrictions were changed. He came to earth shortly after his 300 year education. (normal duration of education) He came as part of a study group to study earth culture and upon completing the 20 year study, decided to stay. He started experimenting with early flutes, harps and lyres and stayed involved with music ever since.
He met Ranger Mo Zee in Portugal circa 11 or 12 A.D. (during the Crusades) Ranger Mo was captain then, not ranger. He was a successful shrimp fisherman with a large fleet of fishing boats. They played music together at that time and eventually went on separate ways only to meet again in Texas in the 1800s where Mo Zee became “Ranger” Mo Zee. Hoot was a bank robber at that time and always yelled out the name of some high profile robber when he robbed a bank. Many bandits of the day liked the publicity and fame but always wound up dead or captured. Consequently, Hoot was never caught since he kept a low profile and called out somebody else’s name during a robbery.
He knew most of the great composers and purportedly ghost wrote a lot of compositions for them. He was not allowed to use his real name at the time or gain any publicity or notoriety. (Note: There is some vague evidence to support the ghost composition claim in some very obscure historical texts.)
In the last century he played either guitar, pedal steel , collaborated with or was good friends with Maurice Ravel, of course Erik Satie (both had about the same attention span), Manuel DeFalla, Hindemith, Ellington, Gershwin, Stravinsky, Hank Williams, Hank Thompson, Benny Goodman, Neil Diamond, Dan Fogleberg, Tom Waits, Odetta to name a few. He was signed to both Capital and Columbia Records. At this point he disappeared from the scene only to show up again recently using his real name.
He has survived 84 wives, 122 Children and 214 grandchildren.