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The San Mateo Times

San Mateo County's Daily Newspaper For Northern California

John Dote' / "A Hero From Zero"

THE TIMES & HISTORY OF JOHN DOTE'


SAN CARLOS MUSIC MAN JOHN DOTE' WANTED TO BE A WRESTLER. BY DICK DRAPER / STAFF WRITER

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Music, It's the San Carlos man's very spirit, Gold Records, plaques and pictures of entertainers (including himself with the likes of Janet Jackson, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Jorge Santana and Abel Zarate), adorn the walls of his home recording studio, where Dote' nurtures seemingly disparate, drifting syncopated sounds into life with passion and panache. He's an arranger, composer, creator, the Theme Man who produced television's "Dynasty", "Charlie's Angel's", "Barnaby Jones", "Rockford Files", "M*A*S*H", and other shows' thematic tunes, and if you watch the old "Hawaii Five-0" series, listen for that lively drum beat dancing through it's theme song, and picture Dote's sticks flashing.

Dote' sport's some 22 pounds of massive Gold around his neck. "I wore these before Mr. T came along". His image took him straight to world-wide radio when he was discovered by Hollywood Disc-Jockey Rick Dees of KISS Radio. Dees "challenged" Mr.T. to a showdown on national radio, but there was no response. We're sure he got the message. Below is John with Janet Jackson and the launching of her smash hit What Have You Done For Me Lately, in 1986 in San Francisco.

Every body laughs at his mockery, for Dote' is the "loudest", for it's his nature to be visible and noticeable. Hence that dark brown Rolls Royce-Boom Boom Mancini was the former owner and was used in the hit television series "Dynasty"-he drives; the over sized fur boots and coats; the huge, glittering rings on nearly every finger, all linked with memories (Liberace gave him one), colorful, unbuttoned shirts showing myriad chesthairs; and, his trademark, some 22 pounds of massive golden chains hanging from his neck.
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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JOHN DOTE'

Dote' did wear those chains before Mr. T came along, but does admit he took his sartorial cue from none other than Liberace, whom he worked with in producing music for "This Is San Francisco" several years ago under his then Penthouse Records label. And wrestling is even "bigger" since he brought in Cyndy Lauper and Ozzy Ozborne to the sport. Which might have been the result of the song "Kisses" reaching number 9 on the local charts beating out Prince with "Kiss", which charted at number 10 during that same year.

WITH ALL his outward pizzaz and frivolity, however, Dote' has a serious side, video tape and celluloid, and if you find him sweating with weight and exercise, you can bet his cerebullum's doing some pushups and knee-bends as well.

RADIO HALL OF FAME

RICK DEES

As host of Rick Dees Weekly Top Forty, Dees is heard on over 400 stations across the country and 70 countries worldwide. In addition, he is the immensely popular host of the Rick Dees Morning Show on KIIS/Los Angeles, where he has dominated radio since 1982.

In a city known for its legendary radio personalities, Rick Dees is one of the most successful. Dees is more of an entertainer than a music presenter, for his shows are filled with bits of �inspired madness� that make listening to his inventive interruptions almost as enjoyable as hearing the music he plays.

His lively on-air presence is a major reason why Dees has received 15 consecutive �Radio Personality of the Year� awards from Billboard.

Dees was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and earned a degree in TV, Radio, and Motion Pictures from the University of North Carolina. When challenged by a fellow student to audition for a radio show, Dees accepted, won the job, and has been on the air ever since.

While serving as morning personality at WHBQ/Memphis in the 1970s, Dees recorded the parody �Disco Duck,� which sold over six million copies.

Dees is the recipient of The People�s Choice Award and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rick Dees was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

MR. T

In 1982, Mr. T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in "The World's Toughest Bouncer" contest with Lee Dittrich. His role in Rocky III was originally intended as just a few lines, but Stallone built up the part around the man. His catch phrase, "I pity the fool!" comes from the film, where he played a boxer facing Rocky Balboa in a match. When asked if he hated Rocky, his character replied, "I don't hate Balboa, but I pity the fool."

After losing out on the role of the title character's mentor in The Beastmaster, Mr. T appeared in another boxing film, Penitentiary 2, and in a cable television special, Bizarre, before accepting the role of B.A. in The A-Team.

In The A-Team, he played Sergeant B.A. (Bosco Albert or "Bad Attitude") Baracus, an ex-army commando on the run with three other members from the U.S. government "for a crime they didn't commit." When asked at a press conference whether he was as stupid as B.A. Baracus, he observed quietly, "It takes a smart guy to play dumb." He was the only main character in the show who did not have to audition for the role; he was pre-selected.

A Ruby-Spears produced Saturday morning cartoon called Mr. T premiered in 1983 on NBC. The Mister T cartoon starred Mr. T as himself, the owner of a gym where a group of gymnasts trained. He would help them with their training, but they would also help him solve mysteries and fight crime. Thirty episodes were produced.

Mr. T was such a big hit with kids in the 1980s that a cereal was produced with his image on the box with the puffed cereal pieces shaped like the letter T. Pee-Wee Herman can be seen having a bowl of "T"s in his movie Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

In 1984, he made a motivational video called Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool. He gives helpful advice to children throughout the video; for example, he teaches them how to understand and appreciate their origins, how to dress fashionably without buying designer labels, how to make tripping up look like breakdancing, how to control their anger, and how to deal with peer pressure. The video is roughly one hour long, but contains 30 minutes of singing, either by the mob of children accompanying him, or by Mr. T himself. He sings "Treat Your Mother Right (Treat Her Right)", in which he enumerates the reasons why it is important to treat your mother right, and also raps a song about growing up in the ghetto and praising God. The raps in this video were written by Ice T[1]. That same year he released a related rap album titled Mr. T's Commandments. Ice-T is credited for Rap Direction on tracks A2, A3, B2, and B3" [2].

He entered the world of professional wrestling in 1985. He was Hulk Hogan's tag-team partner at the first WrestleMania. Hulk Hogan wrote in his autobiography that Mr. T endangered the main event of WrestleMania I between them and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff because when he arrived and security would not let his large entourage into the building, he threatened to walk out. Hogan claims he had to personally talk Mr. T into staying and performing. Piper has said that he and other fellow wrestlers resented Mr. T because he was an actor and had not paid his dues as a professional wrestler. Mr. T later took on Bob Orton in a boxing match on an episode of Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC. This ultimately culminated in another boxing match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 2. He returned to the World Wrestling Federation as a special guest referee in 1987, before disappearing from the wrestling world. He reappeared as a special referee for a Hogan-Ric Flair match, seven years later in World Championship Wrestling, in October 1994.

OZZY OZBORNE

Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the lead singer of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, popular solo artist, and reality television star.

As a solo artist, Osbourne has sold over 27 million albums in the US (by far his biggest market). Two albums, Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and No More Tears (1991), are certified quadruple platinum, for sales of over 4 million copies in US.

Osbourne lived in Birmingham, England for most of his early life. Born on 3 December 1948 and into extreme poverty to a family with six children, he also had learning disabilities (reportedly dyslexia[1]), for which he was bullied considerably in school. To lift himself out of clinical depression, he took refuge in music early on, eventually becoming the singer of a local band, Rare Breed. One of his former bullies, Tony Iommi, reluctantly invited him to jam with his budding group, the Polka Tulk Blues Band (later renamed Earth), and was favorably impressed by his voice. At a time when psychedelic rock was the norm, Iommi and his partners decided to play heavy blues and sing about the bleak quality of life surrounding them. Because the name Earth had already been used elsewhere, they opted to rename the group Black Sabbath.

CYNDI LAUPER
"The Body Acoustic"

The voice is unforgettable. Some of the songs are familiar.

But everything else about The Body Acoustic is a revelation -- and because we’re talking about Cyndi Lauper, that's no surprise at all.

Cyndi is, after all, an original. Since her arrival she has stood out from the crowd. Even in the eighties, that decade of gaudy overkill, no one dressed like her, performed like her, and above all sang like her.

The Body Acoustic proves that the same is true today. Whether paired with an all-star lineup of guests or singing solo with her band, Cyndi sounds both timeless and contemporary. The title only hints at her direction; the music taps into the essence of each song, classics as well as new material, with the vision and integrity that have always been her hallmark.

From the swampy, backwoods groove of "Money Changes Everything" and striking reconception of "She-Bop" through the shadows of "Water's Edge" and the gospel elevation of "I'll Be Your River," The Body Acoustic is all about emotion, deep and raw. It's about fearlessness, with feeling always taking top priority over polish. It's about America too, in its connection to the roots of modern music.

LIBERACE

Wladziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 � February 4, 1987), better known by the stage name Liberace, and known to his friends as Lee, was a charismatic and flamboyant American entertainer.

Liberace was born in West Allis, Wisconsin, and grew up in a musical family of Polish-Italian heritage. He had a twin who died at birth. He was classically trained as a pianist and gained wide experience playing popular music. Lee followed the advice of famous Polish pianist and family friend Paderewski and billed himself under his last name only. As his classical career developed he found that his whimsical encores, in which he played pop songs and marches, went over better with audiences than his renditions of classical pieces, so he changed his act to "pop with a bit of classics". At other times, he referred to his act as "classical music with the boring parts left out." During the mid and late 1940s he performed in dinner clubs and nightclubs in major cities around the United States.

Television
He had a network television program in the 1950s which for a time had higher ratings than I Love Lucy. His brother George led the program's backing band. He became known for his extravagant costumes, personal charm and self-deprecating wit. His public image became linked with one ever present stage prop, a silver candelabrum perched on his piano. By 1955 he was making $50,000 per week at the Riviera nightclub in Las Vegas and had over 160 official fan clubs with a quarter of a million member fans (who throughout his career were mostly middle-aged women). He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 for his contributions to the television industry.

In 1966 he appeared in two highly-rated episodes of the U.S. television series Batman. During the 1970s his appearances included guest roles on episodes of Here's Lucy and Kojak.

Liberace was also the guest star in an episode of The Muppet Show. His performances included a "Concerto for the Birds" and an amusing rendition of "Chopsticks." In the 1980s he guest starred on television shows such as Saturday Night Live (on a season 10 episode hosted by Hulk Hogan and Mr. T), The Tonight Show and the 1984 film Special People.

Recordings
He released several recordings through Columbia Records (later on Dot and through direct television advertising) and sold over 2,000,000 records in 1953 alone. Liberace's highly colored style of piano playing was characterized by some critics as fluid and lyrical but technically careless.

Films
He was at the height of his career in 1955 when he starred in Sincerely Yours with Dorothy Malone, playing 31 songs. The film was a commercial and critical failure which was attributed in part to his having been overexposed on television.

In 1965 he had a small part in the movie When the Boys Meet the Girls starring Connie Francis, essentially playing himself.

In 1966 Liberace received kudos for his brief role as a casket salesman in the film adaptation of The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh's satire of the funeral business and movie industry in Southern California. It was the only film Liberace made in which he did not play the piano.

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