Johnny Valentine Music Photography by Ranae Keane-Bamsey
Raised in the beautiful island state of Hawaii, John Valentine has spent most of his life entertaining in the heart of Waikiki, eventually becoming one of the most sought after live musicians in the islands.
John began his music career sharing the spotlight with high school friend Pat Miguel. The duo, known as Night Splendor, immediately found itself with a large and faithful following in the Waikiki circuit. They eventually joined the Dick Jensen Show performing their favorite impersonations.
John and Pat went on to perform with the Love Notes, an oldies review that was a huge favorite among the locals and tourists alike. With John’s vocal talent and musical direction, the Lovenotes became one of the island’s greatest sensations, taking time away from home to tour the Midwest and Tokyo Japan. While in Japan, John began to train and mentor his sister’s son Peter (Bruno) to dance and sing like Elvis.
The next step in John’s career took him to the 30th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki and the spectacular Hanohano Room. There he performed with the classic trio, Stardust led by Brian Robertshaw. During this time, he moonlighted as an Elvis impersonator in Aloha Las Vegas at the Beachcomber, along with his sister Bernie who paid tribute to Tina Turner and his nephew Bruno Mars who was the show’s Michael Jackson impersonator.
John along with Zanuck Lindsey formed Rock Hard Hawaii – an exciting band that gives a high-energy boost to conventions and other special events. The band features classic rock across the decades including a selection of contemporary music.
Today John is sharing his talent island-wide at a variety of venues including Moana Surfrider’s Beach Bar, Hard Rock Cafe and more. See the calendar for a current schedule.
John is honored and excited to share the stage with both Kalapana and the legendary Henry Kapono, both for shows here in Hawaii and on the road. Teaming up with these great musicians is an incredible opportunity to share the classic music of Hawaii across the globe. New performances are being released regularly. Keep an eye on the calendar and tour schedule for updates.