JOEY CARBONE's Web Page

Under the website "Adult Contemporary Music in Japan"

 

JOEY CARBONE'S BIOGRAPHY

 

Joey Carbone was born in Brooklyn, New York. Joey began learning to play the piano at the age of 5 and soon became proficient in music. Joey formed his first band with his friend Richie Zito (later became the famous producer for Cheap Trick, Heart and Bad English) in their early teens and began to perform at parties and church functions. (Joey became the singer and bassist for the band.) The band had made their debut records with Atlantic Records, but their success was limited to a few regional hits.

 

Then, Joey was supplied a place to work with Atlantic Records, Joey had spent much time to learn about being a music producer by sitting in on recording sessions for Aretha Franklin, the BeeGees, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket and Cream etc. After moving to Los Angeles, Joey polished his songwriting talent while working as a keyboard player with artists like Air Supply, Cher, Bette Midler, Rick James, Elton John and Rod Stewart. He gradually became recognized as a songwriter and producer and signed with Columbia Records as a staff songwriter.

In early 80's he met the singer, John O'Banion at last. The first song he wrote for John, "Love You Like I Never Loved Before" (from the album "John O'Banion" co-produced with his old friend, Richie Zito) reached number 26 on the Billboard Charts! In 1982, "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", written and composed by Joey and performed by John O'Banion, won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo Music Festival. At that time, Joey had never imagined that this award became the first key in a long line of his big success in Japan.

 

After Winning the award, Joey did a short tour with John around Japan and became enchanted with Japan. Joey fell in love with Japan and started to seek for the some projects in Japanese Pop Music Scene. A year later Joey's first job came through. That was the opening, closing and love themes for the motion picture "Satomi Hakken-Den". These songs were also performed by John O'Banion and became an explosive hit in Japan.

 

The same year (1983), Joey toured for about a month as keyboard player for Japanese rock singer, Eikichi Yazawa along with several members of Doobie Brothers. Then Joey became more and more interested in Japanese culture while having a chance to travel all over Japan. Joey started doing commercial songs for television in 1983 as well. The first was "Overnight Success" for Sony cassette tapes, with Teri DeSario singing. The Next was "D.J In My Life" for Honda Scooters which was originally performed by Annie. Then Japanese teen idol group (like Take That in 90's) covered it in Japanese and became a number 1 hit! The song was also covered by Joseph Williams, who was a lead singer of the group Toto at that time in 1985.

More commercial song contracts follows and then Joey started songwriting for Japanese Domestic artists from mid 80's. Some songs are written for teen-age idol group/singers such as Shonentai, Yoko Oginome, Akina Nakamori and recently for SMAP. The Other songs are written for the Japanese talented vocalist such as Junichi Inagaki, Mariko Takahashi, recently for Naomi Tamura. Furthermore, in 1989 he could succeeded to make the young American actors and actresses idol singer only for Japanese market. For example, he produced Ariana Richards ("Jurassic Park"), Alyssa Milano ("Who's The Boss") and Edward Furlong ("Terminator II").

 

Now, Joey made a sudden decision to pursue the simple life and enjoy music. Joey produced a record together with his old friend John O'Banion with no guarantees of minimum income from it in 1995. In 1996, he has produced Joseph Williams's new album. I believe he will produce many good Adult Contemporary Music Album for us for these several years.

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