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John "Juke" Logan

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  • Born: Los Angeles, CA
  • Died: Joshua Tree, CA
  • Years Active: 1990s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Although John "Juke" Logan is not yet a household name, you've probably heard his harmonica without knowing it. His harp has appeared on television in the themes of Home Improvement and Roseanne, on the big screen with Crossroads and La Bamba, and even in commercials for Jack-in-the-Box and Cherry Coke. Yet beneath the studio musician lies a composer whose talents have been exposed by John Mayall, with "Fanning the Flames," and harp player Gary Primach with "The Sound of Money Talkin'" and "Hustler."

Among Logan's early breaks were working as a road musician with Dobie Gray and a four-year stint with Leon Russell, including Russell's New Grass Revival. In the late '80s, he worked with ex-Blaster Dave Alvin and his Allnighters Band. Through his association with Ry Cooder on the soundtracks for Streets of Fire and Crossroads, Logan moved into the studio world. Around Los Angeles, he shares the airwaves with co-host Ellen Bloom on their weekly radio show, The Friday Night Blues Revue. After years of studio work, Logan released The Chill in 1995 and Juke Rhythm in 1998, both reflecting his love for the blues. A live album followed in 1999, Live As It Gets.