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Johnny and the Hurricanes began in 1957 as The Orbits in Toledo Ohio. Led by saxophonist Johnny Paris, they were a group of school friends who played on a few recordings behind Mack Vickery, a local rockabilly singer. In 1958, they signed up with Harry Balk and Irving Micahnik of Twirl Records. This led to national engagements and in 1959, now called Johnny and the Hurricanes, they released "Crossfire". This had been recorded in a disused cinema (to provide echo), and was a national hit in the summer of 1959.