Johnny Rotella 1920–2014
In September 2014, longtime peermusic composer and world-renowned musician Johnny Rotella passed away. Johnny was an accomplished songwriter with over 200 songs and dozens of collaborations to his credit. Over the years he recorded with a wide range of artists, from Neil Diamond to Frank Zappa to Steely Dan, was featured on the twin altos with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra and played on many sessions with Jimmie Haskell, Earle Hagen and Buddy Baker. He was a band regular on the “Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” and played on many other television shows, including Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra. In addition to studio work, Johnny enjoyed playing in the orchestra for Broadway shows and other theatre productions in Los Angeles. He was an accomplished musician with over 60 years experience playing with marquee artists, thousands of studio session work as well as TV, Film orchestra work, and more. Some of the films that include his work include “Jersey Boys” (2014), “Hope Springs” (2012), and “That’s My Boy” (2012).
peermusic is honored to have worked with Johnny and we will miss him very much.