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Biography James Damiano: A skillful master of lyrics and melody, worked with Bob Dylan and Dylan’s organization from 79 to 92. Best known for the melody line and lyrical hook of Bob Dylan’s Grammy nominated “Dignity”. In 1979 James originally from Freehold New Jersey drew the attention of the renowned CBS record producer John Hammond Sr. discoverer of , Duke Ellington, Areatha Franklin, George Benson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pete Seeger, Charlie Christian, Billy Holiday and Bruce Springsteen.

In the early 80's James auditioned for Mr. Hammond. The song below was given to Mr. Hammond to read at the audition, It was titled "Dignity".

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Overlooking the Ocean With a fireplace to keep us warm When it's cold Cathedral ceilings For romantic evenings And lights that turn down low In the garage there's a brand new silver blue porche It's a 911- E And all these luxuries Can be yours for a while honey If you just say yes to me Just say yes to me honey Just say yes to me Just say yes to me honey And give up your dignity I like playing golf racquetball and tennis And I bet on all the sports And I'm part owner Of a nice little cottage Lodged up At a ski resort My boats docked down At Little Creek Marina I just got a set of new sail On warm summer nights we'll sail out on the bay And watch falling stars make trails It's a good life when the money's right You can satisfy your curiosity And all you have to do honey Is just say yes to me Just say yes to me honey Just say yes to me Just say yes to me honey And give up your integrity My bank accounts bigger Than the houses I own Bigger than all three Live in maids clean all day To give us more time to be free Well go out every night
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Where you can show off all your new clothes And expensive jewelry And all you have to do honey is Just say yes to me Just say yes to me honey Just say yes to me Just say yes to me honey And give up your Dignity

James watched as Mr. Hammond silently read "Dignity" When Mr. Hammond finished reading the song he alarmingly looked up and asked James "You're a college graduate ?" James answered "No" and suddenly knew he was in with Mr. Hammond and CBS Records when he saw a sigh of relief from Mr. Hammond.

"Nothing Left to Say" played by James for Mr. Hammond at the audition is the soundtrack for the video below.

Throughout the 80’s James continued working and recording with band members Jimmy and Joey Voltaggio under the name “The Words”.

Jimmy Voltaggio, after a night of hanging out with Jaco Pastorius

Damiano’s first recording was a live studio cut with James on acoustic, Jimmy Voltaggio on electric guitar and Earnest Carter from The E Street Band on drums. It was titled “Where Are You Jesus”, pure and simple straight up rock and roll. Voltaggio’s riffs where electrifying and Earnest Carter’s drumming was relentless.

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Earnest Carter The song stood out musically for it’s immense hard driving intensity. James and the band who were working with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s producer and John Hammond’s assistant Mikie Harris, believed they delivered to CBS what they were looking for. "Where Are You Jesus" is the soundtrack for the video below.

Mikie Harris is on the board of directors of The National Academy of Popular Music

Mikie and Mr. Hammond partook in the excitement with the band until Mikie decided to drop the bomb and said she “wanted to stay away from what she considered to be religious songs” even though no one who has ever heard the song ever described it as religious. Relating to the on going moral and political issues in the world today “Where Are You Jesus” becomes stronger every second as an evident and obvious chronicle regarding the confusion and greed of the world. Tested on the ears of Jaco Pastorius, Jaco loved the song so much that he walked around The Village for three consecutive weeks fifteen hours a day with the earphones of a sony walkman plastered to his head listening to “Where Are You Jesus”

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James lived with Jaco on Jones Street in the village "Pain In My Heart", another song on the album that Jaco walked around the city listening to all the time is the soundtrack for the video below.

Time was of the essence, James was trying to utilize Earnest Carter’s extraordinary talents as best and as fast as he could knowing Earnest Carter left Bruce Springsteen to go with David Sancious. Managerial and finance concerns were an issue. Carter was still up for recording and the words were trying to put the production deals together. There was no telling where Boom (Earnest Carter) would end up. Finding a drummer like Boom was almost unheard of, he was hardly replaceable. Carter eventually ended up working with Billy Squire, Melanie, Paul Butterfield and many others… When Cater left for LA, Damiano then recruited Ingo Marte, (John Bonham’s understudy).

Ingo Playing with Bruce Springsteen

From there James went on to record “Bury me in New York City”. Ingo's drum tracks were to say the least Jon Bonham-ish maybe
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even historically unmatched you can decide. Carolyn Mass was kind enough to lend a hand on synthesizer, she brought sax player Tommy LaBella of Talkin Heads who did a rippin sax track , James Damiano on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jimmy Voltggio killed it on electric and Walter Yarorough smoked on bass.

Again another Damiano song stood out musically for it’s immense hard driving intensity. "Bury me in New York City" is the soundtrack for the video below.

In the mid 80’s Damiano recruited Big Danny Gallagher to do dobro work on his songs. Danny brought in Mario Phillips on electric. They recorded “Steel Guitars” originally titled “dignity”

Big Danny seen here with Bruce Springsteen was a great musician and very good friends with Bruce. Their friendship dates back as far as before Bruce was signed to CBS Records. Bruce was actually living with Danny at the time he was signed to Columbia Records by John Hammond Sr.

Big Danny Gallagher and Bruce Springsteen
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Damiano went on to record “My Cousin JoAnn” a bonafide monster of a rock and roll song which is the sound track for the video below.

Other affiliataions Bob Solberg guitar (Buddy Miles of Jimi Hendrix) John Doores Sax (youngest person ever to be offered a seat on the Tommy Dorsey Orchastra) Steve Gadd (Steele Dan), Peter Hartung (Peter Hartung Band) Gary Rottger piano & keys (Frank Zappa & The Fat Boys) Brian Draigo Bass (Broccile Rabe Studios) Tim Freeman synth (Freeman Philly Records) and Jaco Pastorius. Someday maybe You’ll be able To tell The greatest story Say the greatest line Give the greatest Performance Find the greatest Find

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Link to the new CD Justice

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