Randy Jo, a dandy persona with mutton chops and fanciful headwear, plied brazen funky, staccato lines in the service of Johnny Winter as the guitar icon switched gears from blues to a more soulful mainstream line-up which sometimes included Rick Derringer, keys, horns, and backing vocalists.
Mr. Hobbs, who was a member The McCoys (“Hang On Sloopy”/ 1965) with Derringer, anchored such seminal sides as Johnny Winter And (1970), Still Alive and Well (1973), and Saints & Sinners (1974) among others, and was featured on Ronnie Montrose’s Jump On It (1976). Working with a plectrum, Hobbs rendered a perfect balance of treble and bottom in the studio and on stage. His main weapons of choice were Fender Precision, and Dan Armstrong basses.
Randy Jo Hobbs Sound & Vision…
“Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” in ’71 at a Backstage Jam. https://youtu.be/o5R_7unuvPI
“Still Live And Well” https://youtu.be/mb2frZOA1Fw
“Rock and Roll People” (John Lennon) https://youtu.be/Evaw2APwUK0
Randy Jo and Ronnie Montrose:
“Let’s Go” https://youtu.be/9p35aVdBZr8
“Jump On It” https://youtu.be/jZCo1u3QQ8s
Randy Jo lip-synching “Hang On Sloopy” with The McCoys https://youtu.be/DO2Y2sGZ1dk
Courtesy of Johnny Winter Com