GAMES PEOPLE PLAY BY DICK DRAPER / TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Dote' (accent over the "e") can rightly be accused of marching to the beat of a different drummer, because he owns that drum. Its rhythms are varied and complex, as is the man, his life of percussion of clashing cymbals and macho beats of snares and timpani- this man loves laughter and lives life to its fullest- accented by sensitive melodies and creative sweetness. Music, It's the San Carlos man's very spirit, Gold Records, plaques and pictures of entertainers (including himself with the likes of Janet Jackson, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Carlos Santana and Abel Zarate), adorn the walls of his home recording studio, where Dote' nurtures seemingly disparate, drifting syncopated sounds into life with passion and panache. He's an arranger, composer, creator, the Theme Man who produced television's "Dynasty", "Charlie's Angel's", "Barnaby Jones", "Rockford Files", "M*A*S*H", and other shows' thematic tunes, and if you watch the old "Hawaii Five-0" series, listen for that lively drum beat dancing through it's theme song, and picture Dote's sticks flashing.
A JEWELRY SHOWDOWN CHALLENGE TO MR. "T"Dote' sport's some 22 pounds of massive Gold around his neck. "I wore these before Mr. T came along". His image took him straight to world-wide radio when he was discovered by Hollywood Disc-Jockey Rick Dees of KISS Radio. Dees "challenged" Mr.T. to a showdown on national radio, but there was no response. We're sure he got the message. To the left is John with Janet Jackson and the launching of her smash hit What Have You Done For Me Lately, in 1986 in San Francisco.