John D. Wyker III

December 10, 2013

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John D. “Johnny” Wyker III died of congestive heart failure Sunday at his home in Decatur, Alabama.

Wyker’s was not a household name. He was one of the inventors of the Muscle Shoals sound in the 1970s. Dick Cooper, the curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, told the Decatur, Alabama Times Daily, “He could make you believe anything. He made me believe I could make a life for myself in the music business, and convinced me to quit the Times Daily. I told him, ‘I know nothing about the music business.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry, nobody else does, either.’ And he was right.”

Wykers life-long friend Donnie Fritts, one of the original Muscle Shoals studio musicians said, “He obviously was a really interesting guy. He was very eccentric, always trying something new. He loved his music and was a talented man.”

Wyker appeared on American Bandstand once. He played Carnegie Hall once. He wrote one song titled “Let Love Come Between Us” that hit number 23 on the Billboard chart after it was recorded by James and Bobby Purify in 1967. But he will be remembered, for a little longer at least, for the title song of an album he recorded with his band Sailcat. The album barely broke the Billboard Top 40 in 1972.

But the single rose to Number 12. It was called “Motorcycle Mama.

Johnny Wyker died peacefully in his own bed with music in his head. He was 68.

 Requiscant In Pace



7 Responses to “John D. Wyker III”

  1. Ella wyker Says:

    @sebastion – I meant he didn’t die peacefully in bed, he died on the cold bathroom door – I found him. He was my best friend. The world gets a little harder when you lose your Superman.

  2. Sebastian Says:

    @ Ella Wyker : could not believe reading your comment!
    I hope you are well and the past is buried well..
    I know what you have been through.
    An excentric dad is in most cases worst case scenario…
    I send you all my love…

  3. Ella wyker Says:

    He didn’t die peacefully in his bed but thanks for making it sound better than the nightmare it actually was. – his daughter

  4. sherides Says:

    RIP Johnny Wyker

    I first heard the song “Motorcycle Mama” back in the 70’s.

    I spent years trying to get a copy of this album and in 2006, a local record store found me a copy. They were kind enough to put it on a CD for me so that I could listen to it.


  5. Skid Says:

    Thank you Rebel for posting this. I live in the Shoals and had heard of his passing, but never thought I would see it on here. I’ve been reading this site for round 2 years now and felt I’d have to comment on this one. Ain’t nothing like the Muscle Shoals sound.

    God Bless You All and keep clicking the ads.

  6. Vikingtrotter Says:

    Damn, I used to love the Sugarcubes back when I lived in Norway. I had no idea they listened to cheesy US pop songs from the 60’s.

  7. Freeman Says:

    LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! almost pissed my pants Reb!

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