In my impetuous youth I recorded two albums for RCA with a band called Jukiní Bone. Whiskey Woman and Way Down East are either considered rare collectors items or a waste of perfectly good vinyl. ( or both! )
I played with rockíní roll pioneer Bobby Comstock ( I Wanna do it and Letís Stomp ) and got to work The Big Rooms" ( Madison Square Garden, The Spectrum in Philly, The Boston Garden ) with all the great vintage rockers ( Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard )
After Ronnie James Dio left his group ELF, the "left overs" reformed and asked me to be their singer.( So I didnít have Ronnieís vocal range, I was at least a foot taller than him! ) The results can be heard on AíLA Rock, Indulge, on Nibelung Records.
In 1982, my band "Joe Whiting and the Bandit Band" toured with Van Halen for 7 weeks on their "Diver Down" tour. ( Folks I dodged everything from D-cell batteries to whiskey bottles but again got to work "The Big Rooms" )
I teamed up with my long-time friend and song writing partner from the Jukiní Bone days, Mark Doyle and recorded two cool albums for Greg Spencerís BlueWave label; Good Rockiní Tonight and Flesh and Blood.
After Doyle & Whiting left the band or the band left Doyle & Whiting ( depending on who you talk to! ), Mark and I formed a recording unit called Backbone Slip and on BlueWave released two bluesy albums Swamp Water and Avenue Breakdown. Both collections had songs placed in movies. ( Lest anyone think Iíve gone "Hollywood", keep in mind that we havenít been paid for either! )
In 1990 I figured it was time for a solo album so Greg Spencer and I produced Jumpiní Joe Whiting, Rhythm Ďní Groove. Lo and behold, the record was nominated for a Grammy, "best contemporary blues album" and a song I co-wrote on the record was nominated for "best contemporary blues song". Lest you think I got the "big-head", no I didnít win. In the words of Alfred E. Neuman, "What, me worry!"
In 1996, Iím honored by being inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame. ( unfortunately, itís a non-paying position, so I continue to write and gig! )
In 1997, Iím honored again - Syracuse Area Music Awards 1997 SAMMY for 'Best Songwriter' Thank You !
Justin Wilde ( Mr. Christmas ) publishes a song that I co-wrote with Loren Barrigar titled Christmas ainít like it used to be and immediately places it in NBCís hit show, ER on their Christmas episode. ( And we get paid! ) Ten years later itís placed on a Holiday episode of ĎThe Young and the Restless'
The same incredibly perceptive Mr. Wilde places another version of the above mentioned song on the MCA labelís 'Blues and Soul Christmas' ! Joe Whiting alongside B.B. King and Charles Brown, have I died and gone to Heaven!
In 2001, Iím honored by being chosen by the Syracuse Newspapers for a Post-Standard ĎPerson of Achievementí Award.
In 2002, my band and I win another SAMMY for ĎBest Live Actí
In 2005 I negotiate a deal with University of Arizona Recordings to release some of my songs on several smooth jazz compilations released in Europe and Asia.
In 2009 one of my songs ĎBrand New Me, Same Old Bluesí is included in the soundtrack of the film Ď The Skepticí.
In 2010 my pal and legendary guitar player Kim Simmonds asks me to join Savoy Brown as their new singer-sax player. Relax, I still have my solo career as well. You might say Iíve got it all!