The road to a career in the music business for Johnny Jay Huhta was paved with hopes, dreams, and the love for writing and singing songs. From his early teens there was never any doubt, in his mind, that this would be his mission in life. And like so many other things in life he soon found out there were bumps in that road, bumps like rejection, failure,and heartache. But preserverance and faith in his abilities drove him to pursue his goals until he acheived, as he puts it, "My fifteen minutes of fame, or was that ten minutes?"
He went on to write and record many songs, the best of which are included here and have been compiled from releases spanning over six decades, 1957-2006. Many of these recordings are embelished by such world famous musicians and singers as Hank Garland, Pete Drake and The Jordanaires to name just a few. John's twin brothers Max Lee and Mike Wesley also made musical contributions down through the years.
It all started out in 1957 at RCA's studio "B" in Nashville, Tennessee. "Sugar Doll" was the first tune recorded by Johnny but was not destined for RCA Victor Records. It ended up on another major label, Mercury Records, then headquarted in Chicago, Illinois. That tune and others on Mercury and Play Records would land him in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame fifty years later and prompt him to start recording again, hence a new, critically acclaimed CD, "Back in the game" was released in 2006.
In the late 60's, Johnny became aquianted with steel guitar great Pete Drake who was starting a new record label, Stop Records. He was signed to become their very first recording artist. This gave John a chance to start recording country music, not a big stretch, but something he'd wanted to do for a long time. His very first single for Stop, "Buck $2.80", was well received by critics and radio all over the world and established him as a bonifide country music artist.
But the ride wasn't always a piece of cake, there were more bumps in that road like, too much booze and too many drugs which brought more heartaches and his eventual hiatus from the music biz.
That's all back there around the bend somewhere now and the road is smoother, though shorter than it used to be and as it's been said before, "It's not the destination that counts it's the journey". And some journey it's been and a road well traveled by Johnny Jay Huhta.