John Pastor

Biography by

In the 1960s it can certainly be said that much tension existed between big-band musicians and the entire concept of rock & roll. The latter, regarded by the former as simplistic bombast at best, and…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

In the 1960s it can certainly be said that much tension existed between big-band musicians and the entire concept of rock & roll. The latter, regarded by the former as simplistic bombast at best, and depraved nihilism at worst, seemed additionally responsible for draining the very livelihood of experienced, technically more adept swing players. Factor in the rebellion of sons against their fathers and the result may have been severe sparks flying in the case of the conservative dance band leader Tony Pastor as regards the musical activities of two of his sons circa 1967.

One particularly potent issue could have been namesake Tony Pastor, Jr., at one point groomed to be the front-line vocal replacement for his father. In addition, John Pastor also joined in with Pastor, Jr. on a combo enterprise called the Prime Mover. Both sons had performed in the past in their father's ensembles, as had a third son, Guy Pastor. Music critics such as Bruce Eder have found it hard to believe that this was possible, so great was the stylistic gap between the Pastor dance band, whose heyday was in the '40s and '50s, and the garage rock combo whose lone single for a label called Sock-O reeked of curry and incense. The Pastor brothers co-wrote the A-side entitled "When We Made Love." There have been other uses of the expression "prime mover" in combo names, but this seems the most appropriate one from the point of view that it is a subject a pastor, rather than a Pastor, would be likely to bring up in a sermon. All three also worked together in the Pastor Brothers group, at one point opening up on a world tour for singer Pearl Bailey.