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Gil Hamilton, 15 August 1941, Leesburg, Florida, USA. Adopting the name Johnny Thunder, the singer first worked with street-corner groups in the late 50s. He worked briefly as a member of the Drifters in 1959 and recorded a few singles under his real name before meeting producer Teddy Vann. They co-wrote the dance song Loop De Loop, which was issued on the Diamond label and reached number 4 in the US pop charts in 1963. Finding himself typecast as a performer of novelty dance records (Ring Around The Rosey and Everybody Do The Sloppy), Thunder was unable to duplicate his initial success, although he continued recording for Diamond, Calla and United Artists Records. He was still performing into the late 80s.