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The 80's band Johnny Hates Jazz was formed in England in the year 1986. Its line up consisted of German born bassist Mike Nocito, keyboardist Calvin Hayes, and singer and pianist Clark Datchler.

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Johnny Hates Jazz was named after a friend of the band who really did hate jazz. The band’s first single,” Me and My Foolish Heart,” was released on the RAK Records label in the year 1986. Towards the end of that year, they were able to secure a deal with a major label, Virgin Records. Ironically, the deal was secured after a gig at a jazz club. Johnny Hates Jazz’s first single for Virgin was called “Shattered Dreams.” It became a major hit in the United Kingdom in the year 1987. Their debut album, Turn Back the Clock, made it to the top position on the UK charts.

In the year 1988, Datchler left the band. He was replaced by Phil Thornalley, formerly of the Cure. Shortly before the release of the band’s second album, Tall Stories, its members were involved in a very serious automobile accident that left keyboardist Calvin Hayes in a body cast for over a year. This proved to be fatal for Johnny Hates Jazz, who lost momentum as a result of this serious drawback and eventually called it quits in the year 1995.

The albums of Johnny Hates Jazz include Turn Back the Clock, Tall Stories, The Very Best of Johnny Hates Jazz, and The Best of the 80s.


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