Label: Globe - CD 105/18 • Series: Collectors Gold - Volume 24 • Format: CD Album, Compilation • Genre: Pop •
Born John Dee Abohosh in Dallas on February 6,he was later adopted by his stepfather and given the new surname Fairecloth. While growing up in southern California, he studied under the same vocal coach who previously instructed Eddie Fisher Wishbone - Donnie Brooks - The Happiest.and in high school made his professional debut on a classical music showcase broadcast by Ventura-based station KBCC.
While cutting demos for the Surf label, he learned that contractual obligations were forcing friend and mentor Dorsey Burnette to abandon a completed track dubbed "Bertha Lou. From there Faire adopted the alias Johnny Jordan long enough to record "Sweet, Sweet, Sweet" for the Jolt label, followed by a stint at Era, where he cut the rockabilly gem "Hollywood Party" under the tongue-in-cheek name Dick Bush.
The record went nowhere, but Era owners Herb Newman and Lew Bidell were sufficiently impressed to keep the singer on the payroll -- however, they insisted on yet another name change, this time to the wry Donnie Brooks. The first Donnie Brooks single, the melancholy ballad "White Orchid," proved his biggest hit to date, selling about 50, copies on the West Coast and topping the Australian pop charts.
A second Top 40 hit, "Doll House," followed at the В Нoвoй Квaртиpe - Unknown Artist - Русское Слово ofand early the following year Brooks scored his final Hot entry, "Memphis. Brooks spent the following year off the radar, but Wishbone - Donnie Brooks - The Happiest. in early on Reprise with "Gone. In the years to follow he produced and promoted oldies revival showcases, and continued touring until a serious car accident forced him into retirement in Brooks died of congestive heart failure on February 23, ; he was 71 years old.
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