From the recording Can't Get My Mind Off You
"Can't Get My Mind Off You" is a song that I wrote while working with producer, Ronnie King (the Offspring, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Slim Thug, Mariah Carey, Rancid . . .), when he was in Houston recording rap acts. Ronnie and I recorded a traditional country version of the song, which is very heartfelt and beautiful waltz, and I later recut it at Sugar Hill Studios with John Evans producing. This upbeat, rockabilly take is the one that you hear on The Road Less Traveled (2008). I dedicate this song to John Pickering, of the vocal group The Picks, who recorded three-part harmonies behind Buddy Holly on "That'll Be the Day," "Oh Boy!," and "Maybe Baby." It is also John's voice that you hear, backing me on "Can't Get My Mind Off You." I will never forget the wonderful day that we spent together at the studio or our lunch with Sonny West, who wrote "Rave On," at the Mexican food place out on old Telephone Road, and John's first-hand recollections of his touring with his family act in the 1940's and his time in Clovis, New Mexico in the studio with Buddy Holly, who went to grammar school with John's wife, Vicky. We've kept in touch through the years, and I'm so glad that I had the chance to meet John and Vicky on this road less traveled. I will always remember John's good advice and encouragement in my music--he said I reminded him of Buddy.
"John Winton Pickering, age 77, of The Picks, The Pickering Brothers, The Pickering Family Quartet and various musical groups died of complications following a stroke in Houston, Texas, at 9:47 p.m. 2-28-2011."