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Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:23 pm

So sad. I was out of town for a long weekend and just heard the news from Phil Gelormine last night. Elvis fans are so nice and generous, but nobody, NOBODY was more so than John Herman. I was only 13 when I first met him and always felt like he took me under his wing in 1976 and 1977, we only live 25 minutes from each other. Although we corresponded a little bit since Elvis died and a bit more via Greybeard in the past few years. One of the last times I talked to John on the phone was on August 6, 1977. He said that "Elvis was really rested, having 2 months off, but looking forward to getting back on tour." I hope he and Elvis got to meet again this week in heaven.

The last time I saw John was at a 1981 Three Dog Night Concert, I told him many times getting mail from him was like he was Santa Claus - he would send a stack of photos the size of a deck of cards to me OUT OF THE BLUE.

I so enjoyed his stories and being his "pen pal". It was an honor and a privilege to know him. He will be so missed!

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:46 pm

RIP John. Sometimes, not too often, though, I forget that all of us long-time fans are getting a little long in the tooth (a North American expression for 'getting old). In the last few years, we've lost a great many of Elvis inner-circle as well as the 'super fans' like Claude, Rex, and now John. It's such a great legacy of music, recordings, photos, etc. that all of these folks have contributed and left the Elvis world. I'm so grateful to them all. May all those that we've lost rest in peace.

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:48 pm

An outstanding opening post.

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:56 pm

Sad news. He was the person who recorded the Pittsburgh show on December 31, 1976. Thanks to him we got this show on serveral bootlegs and more important now through legal channels FTD New Years Eve.
I wish his family many strength these hard days.

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:45 am

Thank you Greybeard for your beautiful tribute ....

My thoughts and prayers are with you, and John's family.

Ed

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:24 pm

I wish I had known John better as everyone says he was a great guy. Even though I traded with him in those days (1974-1977) for some reason it was his mother who always dealt with me on the phone but I could hear John in the background. I always assumed he was shy so when I heard he was a cop I was really surprised! And even when I ran across him in Vegas at the ALWAYS ELVIS convention in August 1978 he was with his mother and she did the talking. But he seemed very nice.

Since this has appeared on FECC I have received loads of e mails from fans thanking me for putting out the NEW YEARS EVE bootleg LP and I have been asked many questions so I would like to answer them here. Out of the 20 some boots that Sam and I did this was the only full "live" concert we put out. I had decided that, out of the between 8 and 10 cassette tapes we were sent ranging from not the best to decent to a few that were acceptable, Elvis fans definitely wanted to hear this historic show for many reasons so I knew we needed a great cover design to go along with it. I remember designing the booklet cover (by the way this the first time ever that there was a booklet cover in FULL COLOR for a bootleg LP!!) as if it was yesterday. At first I put Bob Heis' pics in squares and then in a five point star shape but finally settled on the circle. Why? Who knows! Then I thought that having an American flag type border would be interesting although that idea came late. I did write some liner notes but Jim Ritz did a much much better job so we used his.

The tape!! I have never mentioned this before because I had totally forgotten about it until the owner of the BEST tape I was sent called me last week!! He brought his 1967 Ampex Quadruplex VR-3000 suitcase size reel to reel tape recorder with him to the concert and recorded the show. It was a very expensive machine at that time. He recorded the show at 7 1/2 IPS. The reason why we never used this tape is because, for some reason, a few of the songs like LITTLE SISTER; HURT; and FAIRYTALE were messed up by either crowd noise, tape hiss or something else and this was a special show as Elvis did songs that he wasn't normally doing at that time in concert and having those on LP was one of the reasons it was so special. So we unfortunately decided to pick another source from a few of the other cassettes we received.

To answer the question as to whose cassette we eventually used the answer is: I honestly don't remember! It was either John's or the person sitting behind him. This person reads FECC and just contacted me last week! His tape is very very similar and even he can't tell the difference as I think they both used the same cassette tape brand and their position in the audience was identical! Also, it is very possible that Sam spliced together both tapes as, on the back cover of the LP I stated "Note: Special thanks to all those who supplied the material used for this LP. Their help is most appreciated." and I do vaguely recall Sam bringing up this idea. Anyway, whether it was his or John's or both really doesn't matter now. I'm just glad I was able to put it out for everyone to enjoy,

Anyway I hope everyone reading this will appreciate a little of the background of this historic LP that has been associated with John.
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Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:17 pm

wwelvis wrote:I wish I had known John better as everyone says he was a great guy. Even though I traded with him in those days (1974-1977) for some reason it was his mother who always dealt with me on the phone but I could hear John in the background. I always assumed he was shy so when I heard he was a cop I was really surprised! And even when I ran across him in Vegas at the ALWAYS ELVIS convention in August 1978 he was with his mother and she did the talking. But he seemed very nice.

Since this has appeared on FECC I have received loads of e mails from fans thanking me for putting out the NEW YEARS EVE bootleg LP and I have been asked many questions so I would like to answer them here. Out of the 20 some boots that Sam and I did this was the only full "live" concert we put out. I had decided that, out of the between 8 and 10 cassette tapes we were sent ranging from not the best to decent to a few that were acceptable, Elvis fans definitely wanted to hear this historic show for many reasons so I knew we needed a great cover design to go along with it. I remember designing the booklet cover (by the way this the first time ever that there was a booklet cover in FULL COLOR for a bootleg LP!!) as if it was yesterday. At first I put Bob Heis' pics in squares and then in a five point star shape but finally settled on the circle. Why? Who knows! Then I thought that having an American flag type border would be interesting although that idea came late. I did write some liner notes but Jim Ritz did a much much better job so we used his.

The tape!! I have never mentioned this before because I had totally forgotten about it until the owner of the BEST tape I was sent called me last week!! He brought his 1967 Ampex Quadruplex VR-3000 suitcase size reel to reel tape recorder with him to the concert and recorded the show. It was a very expensive machine at that time. He recorded the show at 7 1/2 IPS. The reason why we never used this tape is because, for some reason, a few of the songs like LITTLE SISTER; HURT; and FAIRYTALE were messed up by either crowd noise, tape hiss or something else and this was a special show as Elvis did songs that he wasn't normally doing at that time in concert and having those on LP was one of the reasons it was so special. So we unfortunately decided to pick another source from a few of the other cassettes we received.

To answer the question as to whose cassette we eventually used the answer is: I honestly don't remember! It was either John's or the person sitting behind him. This person reads FECC and just contacted me last week! His tape is very very similar and even he can't tell the difference as I think they both used the same cassette tape brand and their position in the audience was identical! Also, it is very possible that Sam spliced together both tapes as, on the back cover of the LP I stated "Note: Special thanks to all those who supplied the material used for this LP. Their help is most appreciated." and I do vaguely recall Sam bringing up this idea. Anyway, whether it was his or John's or both really doesn't matter now. I'm just glad I was able to put it out for everyone to enjoy,

Anyway I hope everyone reading this will appreciate a little of the background of this historic LP that has been associated with John.

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Wonderful post. By all accounts it is John Herman's recording that was used, and it is a doozy.

More importantly, I did not know that Jim Ritz was "The Rocker." Another little piece of the puzzle.

Is Jim another super-fan, or is he this guy:

http://bettyharper.com/2015/06/james-ritz/

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:15 am

You are right Dr J. Jim was a writer for Happy Days and was (maybe still is?) a big Elvis fan.

By the way I'm now told that the owner of the reel tape may soon be putting it plus the recorder up on E BAY!!

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:19 am

wwelvis wrote:You are right Dr J. Jim was a writer for Happy Days and was (maybe still is?) a big Elvis fan.

By the way I'm now told that the owner of the reel tape may soon be putting it plus the recorder up on E BAY!!



Wow.

Right now I am kind of stunned to learn the liner notes for the legendary Pittsburgh '76 import set were written by a writer from "Happy Days."

Another insane piece of the puzzle!

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:58 am

Greybeard wrote:It is with a heavy heart that I am to announce the passing of Mr. John Herman on this day.

John's only child, Debbie, messaged me this afternoon and asked me to pass the sad news to the Elvis world about her Dad.

John was a loving husband and father. He has One granddaughter. John served as a policeman in the town he lived in his entire adult life- Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

John was an Elvis fan from the very beginning. He told me the stories of how he tried to buy the records by the kid with the strange name back in '55. The label and the kids name were strange to the shop owners who served him at that time. Soon the names of Sun Records and its most illustrious artist -Elvis Presley would be on the lips of people everywhere.

I met John around 1974. we met by my answering an ad he placed in some publication. I wrote to him and we became quick "pen pals". A thing most people today know nothing about.

After a bit we began sharing phone calls and Elvis stories. We also shared any and all Elvis items we came across. No money or trade item was ever needed. If he had something he shared with me and I returned the favor. Prices were never an issue as we knew all would work out in the end.

He gave me my first Sun Records- a 78 rpm of "BABY LET"S PLAY HOUSE'. Gave, not sold! He gave me much, much more- he gave me his friendship...we were like brothers.

John was able to get inside the world of Elvis. He counted among his friends the Stanley's, Dick Grob, John Wilkerson, Bill Porter, Felton Jarvis and others. He had personal contact and conversations with Elvis himself. He relayed many stories of those conversations with me over the years. He attended Elvis' funeral and was inside Graceland before the throngs of people were left in. He had great experiences and memories to share.

He relayed the stories of those conversations and phone calls with Elvis to me over the years.

Once Elvis found out John was a police officer, Elvis took a liking to him. Elvis even had John work some security for him during some shows- one that comes to mind is Dayton, Ohio. John always laughed when he told the story of trying to grab backstage photos and being told to get to work by The Colonels henchmen.

John is probably most famous for capturing the legendary Pittsburgh New Years eve recording. He later sold that tape to FTD in a deal I brokered for him. Whenever you hear that show, or see the fantastic front on film with the great waist up images he shot, or look at some of his great pictures from that event....always remember my friend. He certainly was a busy cat that night and we are all the better for that.

He also took some outstanding photos in Vegas in December 1975 & 1976...most don't give him credit for those but I know which ones he snapped. They are outstanding.

Times were difficult for my friend in his retirement years. It was a sore spot whenever we would see people reaping benefit from film he shot or images he photographed knowing they made money from them. He shared those things freely and when he needed it most others took advantage of his gifts.

We spent many, many hours on the phone talking Elvis & life. I will treasure those memories.

Rest easy my friend....you are with those who have gone on before us. Someday we will all be together once more and we will form the audience that will once again be entertained by Elvis- just like we used to.

God speed...Rest In Peace
My friend, my brother John Herman

Love you buddy

John Herman's obituary will appear this Friday on the Facebook page of FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME (Uniontown, Pa)
Please log in and leave a message if possible- let his family know the Elvis fans appreciated him.
Thank You
I will post any other info I can as it comes to me

Johns service is Sunday July 9 at Ferguson Funeral Home,80 Morgantown St, Uniontown, PA 15401
Sunday visitation 2pm until 4 pm also 6pm until 8pm
Funeral Service is Monday July 10 9am until 10am followed by interment at Lafayette Memorial Park

https://www.facebook.com/Andrew-D-Fergu ... 209882808/


such a Legend and great memories shared here , it's sad that i came across this after the great mans passing , I am sure he was on facebook with a blank pic profile a few years back . The amount of his photos he took that curculate and have bin posted among fans and on the net is staggering and many i
never knew he took . Thank you Greybeard we ELVIS fans and photo collectors are forever in your debt

Re: SuperFan John Herman passes away

Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:48 am

Rest In Peace John.