Very Fast Cars
Jim Satcher, program director and disc jockey
at John's Drive-in,
with the Dell-Coeds
and David De Leeuw at Channel 11 KNTV Record Hop to promote the March of Dimes Marathon at John's Drive-In.
The Bishop, Dave Myers and The Deacon, Gary Dawson, standing in front of the DJ booth at John's Drive-In.
Rich Robertson and band mates with guest recording artist at John's Drive-In, January 1962.
Rich Robertson and band mates playing for the crowd at John's Drive-In March of Dimes Marathon, January 1962
Jack, co-owner of John's Drive-In at the soda fountain, January 1962.
One of many bands to perform at John's Drive-In.
Gary Dawson interviewing Glenn Leasher co-owner and driver of Infinity jet dragster
on display at John's Drive-In, 1962.
and David De Leeuw after appearing on KNTV Ch. 11 Record Hop with host Frank Darien, January 1962.
David De Leeuw with a John's Drive-In regular.
Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys
Judi Jacobsen and Rod McKuen
Beach Boys and Dee Dee Sharp
Members of the house band
Herb Alpert (Tijuana Brass)
The Aristocrats Lou Oris, Pete Canales and band mate
Jim Satcher with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson
After hours entertaining the late night crowd at the Garden City Hofbrau in San Jose.
Very Good Friends
Dave Myers behind the wheel of the Infinity" jet dragster on display at John's Drive-In.
Chuck Kappen and Larry Edwards and a classic 1959 or 1960 Ford Thunderbird.
John's Drive-In 1961-1964
In May of 1961, three San Jose City College students majoring
in broadcasting started a disc jockey show at John’s drive-in restaurant. The show
started on the roof of the restaurant.
Requests were placed in a bucket and lifted up by rope to the
roof where the DJ's would use a bullhorn to announce the next record to to be played on the jukebox.
The show was soon moved to a booth on the ground. Turntables
and microphones were run through a control panel and connected to the restaurant’s PA system. The disc
jockeys were Gary Dawson (The Deacon), Dave Myers (The Bishop), Lincoln alumni (Diamond) Jim Satcher, Marc Nelsen, Kenny
"Blues Man" Parker, Dennis (Angel) Cliff, and others. John Lester of KLIV put Jim
Satcher in touch with San Francisco record distributors who provided the DJ show with records and recording artists to perform at John's drive-in. They included the Dell-Coeds, Donna Loren, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Mary Wells, the Cascades, Martin Balin, the Letterman and Dick n' Deedee. Local bands also
performed at the drive-in.
out as a class project and a way to entertain friends in the summer of '61, turned into full time jobs For Gary Dawson and
Jim Satcher. In addition to their disc jockey duties, Gary Dawson took bands on tour
while Jim Satcher hosted the Battle of the Bands and concerts at the Santa Clara Valley Youth Village (Whatzit Club) in Santa Clara, and record hops and concerts in the south bay area in conjunction with Tempo Productions and KYA radio
personalities Tom Donahue and Bobby Mitchell.
Lincoln alumni Lou Oris and Pete Canales and The Aristocrats
were the featured band and performed in concert with recording artists Bobby Freeman, Little 'E,' Sue Torney, Donna Loren, Bobby Rydell, Leslie Gore, Timi Yuro, Lee Dorsey, to name a few. Other concerts hosted by Jim Satcher featured Joe Piazza & The Originals
with Sly Stewart on organ.
Sly would later form a new band called Sly & The Mojo Men,
produce records and be heard on KSOL radio. Sly is best remembered for creating a unique style of funk that Sly & The Family Stone brought to Woodstock.. Marty Balin, who appeared at John's, went on to form the Jefferson Airplane and perform at Woodstock. Jim Satcher entered military service where he entertained the troops and was heard on Armed Forces radio in Vietnam.
Gary Dawson, Dave Myers, Marc Nelsen and friends in front of the disc jockey booth at John's
Drive-In, January 1962.
Gary Dawson, Marc Nelsen and Ken Parker with the Dell-Coeds
, the first recording act to appear at John's Drive-In, January 1962.
Jim Satcher taking 'five' from programming duties at John's Drive-In.
John's drive-in Top 60 play list
Jim Satcher, Dave Myers and David De Leeuw with Cheerleaders from San Jose High at John's Drive-In.
Gary Dawson with March of Dimes poster boy David De Leeuw and a lovely car hop at John's Drive-In, January 1962.
The Deacon - Gary
The Bishop - Dave Myers
Kenny "Blues Man" Parker
Dennis "Angel" Cliff
Program Director: Jim Satcher
Car hops: Dottie, Lollie,
men in blue: John and Tobie.
Robinson & The Miracles
Dick & Deedee
Supporting Cast: John Lester, KLIV, Tom Donahue and Bobby Mitchell, KYA &
Tempo Productions, Frank Darien, Stu Parks & Jan Moellering, KNTV, Pete Marino, Melody Sales, Carl Scott, King Records
and Warner Bros. Records, Judi Jacobsen and Olin Harrison of Acme Sales, Walt (Cal) Calloway, Vi Orphans, Eric Distributors,
Chuck Gregory, H.R. Basford, Jerry Hoff, Bay Distributors, Ken Bonaccorso, Whatsit Club, Don graham, D&M Sales, Dick Carpenter,
Dot Records, Bill Keane, Field Music, Denny Zeitler, Independent Music, Chuck Dier, A.H. Meyer, Jerry Sher, Stone Distributors.
Johnny, Aristocrats Manager, Sue Torney, Jim Satcher, Donna Loren and Carl Scott, Warner Bros/Electra A&R
Lou Oris and Pete Canales and The Aristocrats
Righteous Bros, Bill Medley & Bobby Hatfield with Nino Tempo
and Rock n' Roll!
and Great Rock n' Roll!
Gary Dawson and Dave Myers at work inside the DJ booth at John's Drive-In, 1962.
Jim Satcher and Ken Parker with the five Superiors at John's Drive-In, January 1962.
Recording artist Mary Wells
and the Miracles made a surprise appearance at the Santa Clara Valley Youth Village (Whatzit Club) after performing at John's
drive-in on the Diamond Jim Show, 1962.
David De Leeuw and friend collecting money for the March of Dimes at John's Drive-In.
Gary Dawson promoting a recording act on his show at John's Drive-In.
Jim Satcher, Dave Myers, Big Bill, Ken Parker, Gary Dawson and friends celebrate the end of the
36 hour March of Dimes fund drive, January 1962.
Gary Dawson at the Million Celler in San Francisco.
Rich Robertson and band mates entertaining the crowd at John's Drive-In.
Record and concert promoter and all around great guy Pete Marino, Jr.
Jim Satcher and Sue Torney, our very own Brenda Lee.
Pete Canales and Lou Oris of the Aristocrats
Dee Dee Sharp with her mother and Dionne Warick
Members of the Aristocrats
Donna Loren, Bill Medley, members of the house band
and Donna's mother Ruth Zukor
Bobby Freeman at rehersal
Beach Boys with Glenn Campbell (center) standing in for Brian Wilson