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G Lyon & JGLB (aka the Johnny G Lyon Band, or just JGLB) is inarguably
one of the most durable bands in Tampa history. Almost any venue in the bay area
that has featured live music within the last 3 decades has hosted the JGLB (or its' antecedents) at one time or another. JGLB
has performed at Raymond James Stadium, Tropicana Field, Tampa Stadium, The Times Forum, The Bayfront Center, The Sun Dome, Al Lang Field, Al Lopez Field, Tampa
Theater, the State Theater, Lowry Park, Vinoy Park, Curtis Hixon Park, and countless other concert venues. JGLB has opened
concerts for B. B. King, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, The Outlaws, Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Tucker, Three Dog Night, Los
Lobos, The Monkees, BTO, Gregg Allman, Wet Willie, The Rubber City Rebels, James Harman Blues Band, and many more.
JGLB has been named "Best Local Band"
by the Tampa Tribune reader's poll three times. JGLB produced the soundtrack
for a series of promotional videos for Tampa's WFTS Channel 28. They have also
been the subject of feature stories on Newschannel 8 and on Channel 13.
JGLB is led by 60 year old Johnny G. Lyon,
a lifelong professional musician. Although Johnny was raised in "Country Music Mecca" Nashville, he grew up loving
rock and roll. Johnny learned guitar from a Nashville Blues Legend he remembers only as "P.I." Johnny began performing
at schools and community centers at age 10.
later, Johnny G. Lyon has done a little bit of everything in the music business. In
the late 70's and early 80's, Johnny's band gained notoriety in Tampa, being named "Best Local Band" by the Tampa
Tribune for the first time. In 1981, Johnny moved to L.A. California. Since then, his music has appeared on major
motion picture soundtracks, including the Columbia Pictures hit, "Just One Of The Guys," which featured Johnny's composition "Comb My Hair." Describing a California
gig, the L. A. Weekly said Johnny "ignites the room with tough rhythm and rock sounds."
In 1984, Johnny returned to Tampa.
A short time later, he changed his stage name to "Johnny G Lyon" and began calling his band JGLB. JGLB almost immediately
became hugely popular, playing all over the Tampa Bay Area, getting overwhelmingly postive reaction from large crowds in diverse
venues. From biker bars to beach bars to upscale venues throughout the region, JGLB was a big hit.
In 1990, JGLB released the eight-song LP, "Good Cheap Rock-N-Roll." A single,
''Call Me Lover Boy," received solid local airplay.
In August 1995, JGLB released a nine-song CD, "Give The Kid A Chance." Reviews include Focus Magazine's
assertion that "Kid" is "one of the most commercially accessible discs to be released locally in some time."
In the surrounding hoopla, Johnny was asked to sing the National Anthem at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.
one of the most outstanding vocalists and virtuoso guitarists ever to emerge from the Tampa Bay music scene. As such, he has
performed and recorded with blues legends like the late Sonny Terry, Blind Willie James, and the late Rock Bottom, punk
rock icons like Rod Firestone of the Rubber City Rebels, the quirky legend Billy C. Wirtz, Americana hero Ronny Elliott,
and most recently the legendary Souliz band featuring Sugar and Spice. But Johnny is also an explosive high-energy performer
onstage, and he is considered to be one of Tampa's greatest entertainers. It is frequently said, "No one walks away from
a JGLB show dissatisfied."
30 years after its' inception, and 40 years after Johnny first appeared on the Tampa
Bay music scene, JGLB is still going strong. JGLB still can be seen playing somewhere, usually around Tampa, most
weekends. A search of "JGLB" on youtube returns over 200 results.
Ray Blade played JGLB's first gig in 1985, and still plays in the JGLB. A USF
graduate, Blade has also performed with Sam and Dave, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. His
brother is another widely known Florida rocker, Bobby Friss.
Bassist Benny "Ben Jammin" Sudano first joined JGLB in 1992. Originally
from New York, He is on his third stint in the band. A widely respected bass player, Benny has performed the Toler Brothers,
James & Lucky Peterson, Les Dudek, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge among others. Benny is an excellent vocalist
Tommy Duncan helps Johnny front the band. In addition to having a powerful voice whose work compliments Johnny's own singing,
Tommy (AKA Gregg Burrage) is a media personality in his own right. He is currently the website director for WFTS TV.