John Florez began his career in the late 1960’s as a Los Angeles record producer. Throughout his career, one out of every three songs he produced was nationally charted.
PHOENIX, AZ, May 10, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — John Florez began his career in the late 1960’s as a Los Angeles record producer. His production of the Hues Corporation’s “Rock the Boat” for RCA Records has since been credited as a pivotal record that helped launch the disco music trend in 1974.
Throughout his career, one out of every three songs Florez produced was nationally charted. Further successes include the RIAA certified gold hits, “Grazin’ in the Grass” #3 (U.S. Hot 100 Billboard single) and “Going In Circles” #3 (U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles) by The Friends of Distinction. Among others, he also produced Helen Reddy, Johnny Mathis, Freda Payne, Willie Hutch, Ronnie Dyson, Freda Payne and was humorously dubbed “that white boy who makes Mocha Mix music”. After a decade of successful productions, John Florez retired from the record business in the 1980’s.
In 2021 his friend and former partner, Bobby Brooks, a 78 year old Alabama singer-songwriter, sent Florez a three instrument song demo of Brooks’ latest original tune, “Shine On”, featuring uplifting lyrics providing today’s world a glimpse of much-needed hope and positivity.
In 2023 John Florez and a group of fellow musician have transformed Brooks’ simple song demo into what Florez feels is possibly a hit record, featuring BG vocals, a powerful Gringos rock band horn section, guitars, a tenor sax solo, assorted percussion instruments, and contemporary EQ + compression. Ray Cork, Jr., who arranged Florez’ previous gold records, “Grazin’ in the Grass” and “Going in Circles” at RCA in 1968, composed the horn charts.
Bobby Brooks (BMI), has written over 200 songs and would eventually like to have a music publisher representing him. He is still writing new songs every day.
Bobby Brooks is a decorated, disabled Vietnam War veteran and a retired Officer for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC). He is well-known for writing and recording his Alabama tribute song, “Huntsville Lights”.
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