This is my Biography
in Brooklyn New York, April 1929.
a "Vaudevillian" My mom
was a Vaudevillian as well.
My dad was
Zeb Carver. He was a pioneer in
this part of the country. He was the first and ONLY country musical
to play the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He and his country
worked at New York City's Village Barn since 1932. He was a leading DJ
as a songwriter during that time. He was responsible for introducing
Christmas" as co writer with Billy Hayes.The same
held true for his Introducing Peter
Cottontail along with the writer Jack Rollins, ditto Frosty The
story is a story within itself.
<>He was the
one and only act of its kind to
play the Palace in New York City. Since his background is too detailed
I will proceed to say that I "literally" was raised in a trunk
backstage in my childhood. It was then I began my musical
my accomplishments to date.
became interested in steel guitar in and
about 1945. However, it was my second interest. I wanted to become a
baseball player. That dream was not accomplished.
It was Noel
Boggs, Jerry Byrd, Speedy West and
Joaquin Murphey who like others played a major role on influencing me.
Fender's first salesman on the Eastern
Fender as an endorser in 1949
I quite by accident found a Fender triple neck Custom steel guitar.
through this guitar that was sold to me
from an unknown former jobber rep that was trying to sell off his
I bought one of his samples and that led my trail to Leo Fender and
Randall. From that time on, I was an endorser and field consultant
the design and input of Fender steel guitar projects.
Noel Boggs and
I gave our
regarding design and features
of the Stringmaster and Pedal 1000 steel guitars.
Sholes, then head of A&R at RCA
Victor records appointed me studio steel guitarist.
recording credits are as follows:
and Rosalie Allen
Haynes and Jethro Burns
Steele and members of Count Basie's
under the direction of Sammy Benskin (Basie's arranger.)
Lindsay (former musical director for Judy
Garland and Merv Griffin)
Ayres and his Orchestra "Musical
Director for Perry Como.
Theilman and his group.
& Tony Mottola
Television credits are:
Sinatra TV show
Gleason TV show
Godfrey TV show
Berle TV Show
and Imogene Coco TV (Show of Shows)
Allen & Elton Britt TV show
"Prairie Stars" three days weekly.
(formerly of the Sons Of The
Pioneers) weekly TV show.
Griffin TV show with Mort Lindsay and his
Skinner TV show as a guest appearance,
this followed the Godfrey appearance.
New York's Village Barn with my
group from 1950 till 1960.
'Now Nashville Brass" was the
show band and my group was the alternate band.
steel guitar at “The Hawaiian Room”
at the Hotel
NYC in 1956.
on Broadway and 50th
street Manhattan 1957
Luau 400 on
Madison Ave and 69th St
Hotel Las Vegas opposite Louis Prima
Keely Smith and Sam Butera 1954 who was the main attraction while my
played the lounge. I was the only ever steel guitarist to have the
sitting in with Louie and his great band. It may have been the "Italian
Connection" as I am of Italian descent.
J J (That's a
smile in case you can't see me.)
Guy Mitchell I directed the
musical group of 6 musicians and myself. We toured most of all Canada
good portion of the Northeast.
Broadway Show "HAYRIDE"
starring Sunshine Sue "Wortman" which opened at the 48th street
theatre in NYC in1954.
steel guitar with the group that was
under my direction. The group was the house band that consisted of Roy
“leader,” Ray Smith, Eddie Smith, Johnny Newton and myself.
Lester Flatt & Earl
Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Joe Maphis
& Rose Lee
steel guitar with Vaughn Monroe and
his orchestra at the Starlight Room at the Waldorf Astoria for six
with Elton Britt and Rosalie Allen
for 5 months doing personal appearances.During this
period I was a Fender sales
from Fender in 1955 to pursue my
was then assigned to a personal
and I continued as an endorser and "liaison" rep for Fender.
an LP Album in 1958 with my partner
Johnny Cucci titled "The Hot Club Of America" this was recorded on Coral
The group consisted of four
musicians including myself.
the HCOA LP, the group was booked
into Hidden Valley dude ranch, located in Lake George NY. We had a two
consecutive run and then the group was no longer together. We all went
I then went
back to Fender as "Eastern
Manager. My duties aside from my sales
responsibilities included public relations with all musicians and
in the Northeast, calling on recording studios and making Fender
available to recording artists such as Buddy Rich (Rogers Drums)
under the CBS endorser program.
good fortune of meeting Wayne Newton
and Jerry Newton back in 1960 when I had taken Fender instruments to
the use of Wayne and Jerry Newton.
That was their first ever national
They were then known as The Newton
When ever Wayne came to
New York I was able to furnish him with Fender guitars and amps etc.
knowledge of musicians and studio's here in
the Northeast was Fenders choice of my being positioned as "liaison"
between Fender (CBS) and the Fender Company as well as PR person for
from Fender (CBS) to pursue the
rest of my sales career with Leo Fender and his "then new" Music Man
Company. Since Leo Fender had decided to leave Music Man. I was then
I had been
off the steel guitar during my
salesman's career and have now returned to playing local gigs and
writing a book on my life's experiences with Fender and my musical
was the help of DJ Mike Gross who helped me return to my music. His
of my old recordings on his “Swingin West” weekly Radio Show has given
incentive to start playing again and I owe this to my Friend Mike, who
ardent fan of steel guitar and those players he thinks so much of. I am
presently working on a re-issue of “The Hot Club Of America in HI FI”.
for your patience and your time.
Carver. I still play a FENDER : J
:J :J smiles..J
Jody Carver to add.
with the “Ten Tuff Guitars” on
Columbia Records shortly after CBS took over Fender Musical Instruments.
guitarists were members of the
Manhattan Guitar Club. It consisted of ten of the most talented
New York and New Jersey. This took place on March of 1965. All
musicians on the
date were supplied with Fender equipment, which I delivered.
appreciation, they let me play on the
had ten musicians calling out the chords to
me, so I was a “hit”
you not happy you asked me??? J
Carver and Joey Ace in Baghdad