Rise of the Uber-Rock Star

The Godfather of Uber-Rock

The Hoodman 

 Jimmi Hood

  Anyone See THIS Guy Coming???

  

Jimmi Hood / Biography

 

Cool, intelligent and artistically formidable, Jimmi Hood is a visionary American rock musician -- a singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist record producer from Northport, New York who personifies artistic excellence. He is also known as 'The Godfather of Uber-Rock' and is the founder of Uber-Rock Records and Uber-Rock Entertainment, a 21st century record label and production company. 

 

The best way to get a handle on Jimmi Hood, aka The Hoodman, is to think of Clint Eastwood's resurrected gunslinger in the Oscar-winning film "Unforgiven," except instead of a .45 Smith & Wesson, this no-nonsense rock musician is packing "Cheetah" his custom hard-tail white Fender Stratocaster guitar. 

 

Dissatisfied with the waning prominence of rock and the general decline of the music industry in the digital age, Hood was inspired by a 2003 Billboard article entitled: “30+, Music For Grown-Ups, 80 Million Customers With No Place To Go” and developed (and trademarked) the concept, artist's company and adult-validating brand of Uber-Rock. An authentic rock and roll musician, Hood is a NEW artist from the revered classic rock era and represents an unprecedented phenomenon for rock music fans, particularly those who feel they were born too late. As stated by Hood: "For those who think they missed out on the golden age of rock, think again. There's still one to come in your lifetime." 

 

Believing the "Rs" in American rock n' roll stand for "revolution and rebellion", Hood is now defying last century's youth-oriented music business model, raising the bar, addressing the long-neglected 30+ adult market and intent on restoring the cultural relevance of rock on a global basis with the Uber-Rock Records release of his debut single "Rock-A-Bye, Baby (The Blues Rock Anthem)".

 

Quietly uploaded to YouTube on June 26th, 2013 and available globally on iTunes and Amazon.com, Hood's guitar-drenched debut fuses elements of blues, rock, r&b and gospel in a high-caliber rock record that now has over a half million views from 50+ countries worldwide and is still climbing. If you've never experienced the thrill of being a fan of a game-changing rock artist, now's your chance...

 

This is the birth of Uber-Rock: Classic Rock for the 21st Century... 

 

Early Life 

 

Jimmi Hood (born James Richard Glaser on June 13th, 1950, in Jamaica Queens, New York) is the eldest son of a commercial airline captain and a registered nurse. A life-long native of Long Island, Jimmi spent the first four years of his life in Levittown and then moved with his family to the wooded hills of Centerport on the North Shore. Hood took accordion lessons, composed his first written melody at the age of six and made his first public performance at the age of nine as a soloist with the St. Philip Neri Boys Choir in Northport. An A-student, Jimmi soon became the lead soloist and over the next four years he learned and performed complex musical works that included Gregorian chant, the classic Latin hymns, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion.

 

Early Career

 

First inspired by Elvis Presley on television in 1956, Jimmi is a self-taught guitarist and multi-instrumentalist whose bluesy lead guitar style is influenced by blues artists like Albert King, B.B. King and Buddy Guy and blues rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. While attending St. Anthony's High School and Stony Brook University, where he earned a degree in Biological Sciences, Hood found time to lead a series of local rock bands that played a mix of classic rock and classic soul and more often than not took the #1 spot at local band battles. In 1965 Jimmi’s band The New Breed was tapped by Gretch guitars to showcase the company’s famous guitar line at a music expo at the Sherry Netherland hotel in New York City. That same year 15-year old Jimmi and his uber-band became one of the more popular rotating house bands at Hullabaloo, a teen night club in Northport, where he played the stage along with notable acts like Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Vanilla Fudge and The Vagrants featuring guitarist Leslie West.

 

Jimmi witnessed The Beatles perform live three times (Forest Hills, NY, 1964; Shea Stadium, NY, 1965 & 1966) and had another transformational rock experience when he attended all four days of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY, and witnessed at close range (within 50 feet) Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" on a white Fender Stratocaster guitar. That same summer Hood’s band played a week long gig at The Pig n’ Whistle Saloon at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where Jimmi provided backup music for a stripper named “Wilma The Brazilian Bombshell.” After being drafted by the U.S. Army in 1971 Hood reported to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and failed his induction physical due to flat feet. With his group disbanded by the Viet Nam war, Jimmi became a solo acoustic act and performed in local bars and coffee houses. Throughout his college years, family travel privileges permitted Jimmi to travel extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, which gave him a taste for the exotic, Graham Green suspense novels and a “big picture” view as an artist.

 

 Breakthrough  

 

Hood broke into the music business in the mid-Seventies as a free-lance songwriter in New York City writing Roberta Flack-type ballads for music publisher E. B. Marks Music. Within two years, Jimmi abandoned his academic pursuit of a Master's degree in cellular biology & biochemistry and became the president and co-founder of Orbit Record Productions, Inc. (aka Orbit Records), the independent record label that launched the recording career of r&b vocalist Tasha Thomas on Atlantic Records. Under his birth name, James R. Glaser, Hood was the songwriter, bass guitarist, and record producer (along with Orbit co-founder Peter Rugile) of Tasha’s international dance club smash “Shoot Me (With Your Love)”—a record Robert Palmer of The New York Times recognized as “a classic of erotic dance music.” 

 

“Shoot Me (With Your Love)” was nominated for “R&B Single of the Year” at the 1979 BMA awards and was one of the records that defined the “House" genre of dance music. Jimmi also wrote the dance hits “Street Fever” and “Hot Buttered Boogie” for Tasha along with “Midnight Rendezvous,” the title track of her acclaimed Atlantic Records album which he produced with Peter Rugile. Mentored by Atlantic Records president, Jerry Greenberg, Jimmi's label mates at the time included Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon, Foreigner, Bette Midler, Chic, and the newly signed band AC/DC. 

 

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