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[10|11|11] - Bill Converse from Austin, TX:
Hi Johnnie, I hope you are well. I just want to echo John M's comments. I bought "Dixieland Blues" at age 13, in the AFEX in Ramstein, Germany around 1960, and I still have it. I recently bought the CD reissue and I play it all the time. I'm no expert, but it's the best "Trad Jazz" record I've ever found.

There are some exciting up-and-coming young artists, like Adam Swanson and Stephanie Trick, and in the Dixieland realm, Bria Skonberg and her many bandmates. Thanks to you for keeping this great music going for the next generation to discover!

[10|11|10] - DeAnn from Boyce:
Hello Johnny,
My husband plays the piano, and would
like to have the sheet music, Crazy Otto Medllie. Please, do you have this available for sale?
I am unable to contact you through your email.

[04|03|10] - JOHN MADDOX from JOHN WOODWARD:
HI JOHN.
I'M SORRY I LOST CONTACT WITH YOU SO MANY YEARS AGO, BUT I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL AND IN GOOD HEALTH, OVER 40 YEARS LATER.

YOU WERE A TRUE FRIEND TO ME BACK WHEN I WAS JUST A KID, WHO WAS INFACTUATED WITH YOUR FANTASTIC FLYING FINGERS AND HOW YOU COULD MAKE THAT OLD RAGTIME PIANO COME ALIVE BACK THEN AT THE CHERRY CREEK INN RED SLIPPER ROOM.

REMEMBER THE MANY DINNERS AND DRINKS WE SHARED WITH THE LIKES OF WILLY SCHAFFER THE US OLYMPIC SKI COACH, JOHN FITZ, HENRY AND HILDA WHITE [VANNA'S UNCLE] THE ROLLS ROYCE DEALER, BUD AND BETTY COLEMAN, THE TURNERS "THE OLD MAN" CCI OWNERS AND HIS WIFE, ELOUSIE [MARINER ECHOLS DAUGHTER], AND SO MANY OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS THAT GRACED OUR TABLES.
AND TO ME, YOU MADE ME SO PROUD TO BE COUNTED AS A FRIEND AND THE OH SO MANY LIBATIONS WE SHARED IN A TOAST TO THE GOOD TIMES!
I REGRET I LOST CONTACT WITH YOU WHEN I MARRIED MADAM LADY DOWNER WHEN I TURNED 21, BUT SHE AND I CONTINUED TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS, UNTIL THAT GREAT LADY OF MY LIFE PASSED IN 1980. SHE SO LOVED YOUR MUSIC, AS I DID.
AND WE REMEMBERED YOU SO MANY TIMES AND THOUGHT AFTER YOU, THAT YOU REMAINED CLOSE TO US FOR SO LONG IN THOUGHTS AND BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES.
THE THOUGHT OF YOU CAME AGAIN TONIGHT TO ME AND I JUST WENT ONLINE AND FOUND YOU HERE. WHAT A WONDERFUL REVELATION! IT IS SO GREAT TO FIND YOU PERFORMING STILL DOWN IN THE CRIPPLE CREEK AREA, I SHOULD WISH TO SEE YOU AGAIN IF I CAN FIND WHEN YOU COME TO TOWN, AS I STILL HAVE OCCASION TO VISIT FAMILY AND HOLDINGS IN WYOMING. DO REGRET SELLING VAIL YEARS AGO, BUT MARION AND I HAD SO MANY HOMES AND SO LITTLE TIME, AND THAT ALSO ADDED TO THE DISTANCE OF SEEING YOU AGAIN.
I HOPE YOU ARE FARING WELL DEAR MISSED FRIEND, AND A SMILE COMES OF YOUR MEMORIES OF OUR GOOD TIMES SO MANY YEARS AGO.
GOD BLESS YOU FELLOW TRAVELING BROTHER-I LOVE YOU STILL. JOHN WOODWARD

[04|21|09] - Johnny Maddox from Pat Wade:
Johnny, my husband and I heard you in Alexandria, Va. when we were dating. We have some of your albums, and love them! I also play ragtime, and enjoy keeping in touch with fellow ragtime players. Hope you're doing well. Please email me back. Pat Wade
[12|11|08] - John M from John M:
I bought this LP back in 1977 at a garage sale in St. Louis for 50 cents and wore it out.

Since then, I found another and keep them both.

My son bought me this CD a couple years ago and it stays in my car player.

This is, without a doubt, the best Disieland record ever recorded.

I have been clooecting Dixielan LPs for over 30 years, so I know.

I have thousands.

Joe Fingers Carr, Big Tiny Little, Joann Castle... I love 'em all but there's a soft spot in my heart for Mr. Maddox.

It's a real drag that the best Dixieland record ever recorded has to be blown out, while that "music" being sold today is flying off the shelves.

Thanks Johnny.

You are loved.

[11|24|08] - Edward F Doran jr. from Cincinnati & West Chester,Pa:
John was the greatest when I used to hear him play at the Red Slipper Inn in Denver, Colorado. Of course that is Dick Kroeckel's home town where he houses his 13 reproducing player pianos. Wednesday night on the eve of Thanksgiving the famous Terry Waldo will be in his hometown of Columbus,Ohio to attend a birthday party for himself in a private home open to the public. Call me if you need more information at 513-398-1107
[11|23|08] - Luigi from italy:
I bought "Live! At the Red Slipper Lounge" from www.cdbaby.com and I must say that it's one of the greatest ragtime disc I've ever heard!

No surprise about that, because Johnny Maddox is the top and I have almost all of his LPs and 45s.
BTW I again would like to suggest that you publish some of Maddox's special arrangements, like you did with "Crazy Otto Medley". That would be very educative for piano players who would like to learn ragtime.
Thanks and keep up the great work!!

[11|20|08] - Doug from NJ:
i grew up in the fifties; we had a 45 rpm record and as i recall, it was entitled Tiger Rag (Crazy Otto Melody). where can i hear this wonderful tune again ?
[10|27|08] - Robbie H from Tucker, GA:
Ednix: Crazy Otto on 78 is Dot 15325.
[10|01|08] - Jeff Herbert from Florida:
Hi John,

It was the night of June 5, 1968, and Bobby Kenedy had just been shot. You were playing at The Anchorage Westward hotel. We were three college students that just arrived in town on an Alaskan adventure inspired by our buddy and later to be my longtime and best friend, Bob Darch. I ended up owning and operating the Edgewood Resort in Alexandria Bay, NY and Bob played for me for over 20 years off and on, pretty much up until he died.

You were very gracious to us that night in Anchorage, as we kept asking for tunes that we knew from Bob's repertoire. Finally, when you took a break, you came over to the table and said, "You boys must know Bob Darch", and we all introduced ourselves. That's when you told us about Bobby Kennedy being shot earlier that night.

We ended up spending a week or so in Alaska, then took the ferry to Juneau and stayed a few nights there and got to spend some time with Gordie Kanouse at the Red Dog Saloon. Then it was on to Seattle where we spent the rest of the summer before heading back to northern NY in August.

It was a summer adventure of a lifetime, and I just wanted to say "thanks" after all these years, for taking the time to make three cocky college kids feel welcome that night in Anchorage. I still miss my buddy Bob, and ragtime is still my favorite music!

I hope this finds you well...


[05|06|08] - Pedro Vono from Brazil:
Hi, Johnny! How are you? Do you remember me? Caio Vono´s nephew, from Brazil? I´m trying to persuade Caio to go to USA and meet you there.
Looking forward to receive good news from you,

[12|13|07] - Pedro Vono from Brazil:
Hi, Johhny.
We would love to see your show on Youtube (www.youtube.com),if it´s possible. Record them!
Warm regards from Brazil and from my uncle, Caio Vono.

[08|17|07] - Ed Nixon from ednix:
What was the DOT id # for his 55 version of Crazy Otto Medley?
[08|14|07] - all from ed Nixon:
I've located a 45 record of Crazy Otto Happy Piano Medley. Would anyone know if this is the same as the 50's hit Crazy Otto Medley?
[08|14|07] - Ed Nixon from Ed Nixon:
Richard: I echo your thoughts exactly. I remember that original version well enough to actually play some of it myself. Also recognize as you did, that what we're hearing now is not the same track. Is that early version that we remember available anywhere? I have seen a 45 go by on ebay, and wondered if THAT might be the original we're remembering.
[06|29|07] - Georgy from Russia ,St-Peterburg:
??????!(salut!)
Please, who is who?
Johnny Maddox - Crazy Otto ....
& Fritz Schulz-Reichel - Crazy Otto....
Who' first???

[05|30|07] - Mary Houser:
I'm trying to get some info-my in-laws have a record that says "Crazy Otto Piano" that one of the brothers claims is his parents playing. He has however scratched off anymore info on the record to identify it. Anyone with info on this would be greatly appreciated. Their parents had a small band in Tacoma Washing in the 20s & 30s and their names were Albert (AC) and Nettie Houser
[11|07|05] - Richard Behmer from Victorville, Calif:
I first discovered Johnny Maddox when I was about 9 years old. My dad had the 45 "Crazy Otto Medley" and I just couldn't get enough of it. I just purchased and have listened to Ragtime parts 1 and 2, and they are fantastic! At first, I was disappointed that the Crazy Otto Medley wasn't the original, but wow, it's such a fresh and vibrant new recording that it more than holds it's own against the original. Both CD's are well worth having. In fact, for those of you with genuine player pianos, or those thinking of getting one, just forget it and get these two CD's; You'll hear one of the best ragtime piano players of all time, and save tons of money on the piano!
[10|09|05] - Crazy Otto from Crazy Otto:
Dear David,

Johnny was married to Betty Biddy on May 29th 1954. He was 26. He had 4 sons with Betty before divorcing her in 1964. His sons are John S. Maddox III (50), Scott Maddox (48), Randy Maddox (47), and Richard Maddox (45). He has 8 grandchildren as well.

Posted on 09/18/05 by David:

What about Johnny's family? Does he have any? Has he ever been married/had kids? I haven't been able to find anything about this

[09|24|05] - Paul Lyons from Boston:
I have several Johnny Maddox vinyl lp's from the 1950's. One of them has "Eight Boogie" on it. Since it is out of print, I would be happy to make a CD of that track and send it to those who want it. I think this is legal and in the spirit of the law.
[09|18|05] - David:
What about Johnny's family? Does he have any? Has he ever been married/had kids? I haven't been able to find anything about this
[08|29|05] - Jerry Nelson from Chicago:
Hi Johnnie, with all of your recorded work, I'm still having difficulty obtaining one of my favorites, 'Eight Beat Boogie' on a CD; can anyone direct me to this track?
[05|25|05] - Pedro Vono from Brazil:
Hi, Johnny! I´m Pedro Vono, from Brazil. I´m Caio Vono´s nephew. I´m 19 years old and since I was a child, I listen your music, albums, and I love it. Warm regards looking forward hearing from you, Pedro Vono.
[06|03|04] - Cindy Persichette:
Hi, Johnny,
Remember me? Dick Kroeckel and I had to cancel our plans to hear you in Durango last summer. I hope to make it this year. I bought three of your CD's
in Peoria. Aaahhh--Just to hear your music again is wonderful. The seed was planted for me to play ragtime when I first heard your "Crazy Otto Medley" in 1955. You've been an inspiration ever
since. My e-mail address is at school--I need to get the Net up and running at home.
Cindy

[05|01|04] - Rico Craft from Rock Hill, SC:
Just found out about the web page and am thrilled. I used to be a dj and always hoped Johnny Maddox got his share of royalties from my theme, his 1955 recording of EIGHT BEAT BOOGIE, when I listed it on our annual BMI log. Wish I could find that song, the original flip of the CRAZY OTTO single on Dot Records, on CD. Otherwise, keep up the good work and I look forward to updates on the web site.
[04|29|04] - Dan Warner from St. Louis:
Absolute best packaging and attention to detail in the industry. Great music plus superb packages with informative liner notes and extras make these releases instant collectors items! Great job!
[02|09|04] - Nik Niknahad from Hernando, MS:
Really enjoyed David Reffkins new cd on your label! Look forward to more

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