Fact: Jack Johnson and The Roots have teamed up to record a reworked version of Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for charity. The group's performance of the popular tune from U.S. show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, during which Johnson and his one-off backing band all wore matching red Christmas sweaters, is now available to download on iTunes - and all proceeds will benefit the Red Cross typhoon relief effort in the Philippines.
Quote: "Surfing is the only thing I do that gets me any exercise - when I go on tour, I usually gain 10 or 15 pounds because I'm not surfing. At home (in Hawaii) we come straight from the ocean into the studio." Surfer-turned-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson on how he stays fit.
Fact: Jack Johnson and Daryl Hall & John Oates will share top billing with kids' act Yo Gabba Gabba at the 2013 Life is Good Festival in Massachusetts. The two-day family event will be held at Prowse Farm in Canton on 21 and 22 September (13). The Roots, Dawes and Amos Lee are also on the bill.
Quote: "The first time I had a job at a pizza place, I saved up my own money to buy my own Jimi Hendrix tape at this, like, hippie shop. I picked up Electric Ladyland... I went on this camping trip with my dad and just listened to that album over and over. When I hear that album now, it just takes me back to those old camping trips with my dad." Jack Johnson on his first big musical purchase.
Fact: Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson played guitar in a punk covers band when he was in high school.
Fact: Reggae star Ziggy Marley has recruited Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson to collaborate on his first children's album FAMILY TIME. Bob Marley's eldest son has also enlisted his mother RITA as well as actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who will narrate two stories on the CD, due in May (09).
Quote: Country star Taylor Swift has surf rocker Jack Johnson's TAYLOR as her ringtone. She says, "I ignore the fact that the song is probably about a prostitute or a stripper."
Quote: "When they don't take all the red M+Ms out of the bowls backstage." Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson on what upsets him before playing a show.
Fact: Jack Johnson wrote and recorded a heartbreaking song about a dying polar bear cub for the ARCTIC TALE nature documentary, but the tune was cut from the soundtrack.
Quote: "I never listened to THE Beach Boys." Surf rocker Jack Johnson wasn't inspired by the SURFIN' U.S.A. stars.
Fact: The Sixth Sense star Toni Collette's band THE FINISH will be among the groups performing alongside Jack Johnson and Crowded House at Australia's Live Earth benefit in July (07).
Fact: <p>Avid table tennis player Ben Stiller was so delighted to discover rocker Jack Johnson was a keen ping pong fan when he appeared in the singer's TAYLOR video he sent him a top-of-the-line Kettler table as a wrap gift on the promo. </p>