Jay Ferguson – Thunder Island


I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind being out on “Thunder Island.” I think Jay Ferguson might agree! This 1978 hit was what shot Jay Ferguson to the top of the charts that year & made him a “Classic Rocker!” Jay Ferguson (born John Arden Ferguson; May 10, 1947) is an American rock/pop musician, known for his work with Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, and his 1978 solo hit “Thunder Island“.

Born in Burbank, California in the San Fernando Valley, Jay Ferguson grew up in the Van Nuys and Canoga Park sections of Los Angeles. At 12 years old, Ferguson’s parents encouraged his musical abilities with classical piano lessons. When he was 16, Ferguson’s interest transferred to the banjo.

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Jay Ferguson – Thunder Island

He also held part-time jobs at different points as a theater usher and an architect’s assistant for his father John Ferguson, and taught piano in a music store and studied at UCLA after high school. Ferguson took a year and a half off to rest, until record producer Bill Szymczyk asked Ferguson to come down to his Coconut Grove recording studio in Miami.

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Ferguson recorded three studio albums and a limited-run live album for Asylum. He scored a Top 10 hit with the title song on his second solo album, Thunder Island (1978), which peaked at #9 in the US. Another minor hit was “Shakedown Cruise” from his last Asylum album, Real Life Ain’t This Way. After his recording contract for Asylum was completed, Ferguson changed record labels, and recorded two more solo albums for Capitol Records.

Thunder Island is the lead single off of the album Thunder Island by Jay Ferguson. Despite the song’s fairly high position on the music charts, the song receives little rotation on most modern classic rock radio stations, although it is Ferguson’s most well-known song. It features American musician Joe Walsh on guitar. As this was Ferguson’s only major hit as a solo artist, he is often tagged a one-hit wonder – however, he achieved a minor hit with the song “Shakedown Cruise” in 1979, which reached #31 on the Hot 100.

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