His 1964 single Siboney was a local hit in Los Angeles, but it was the B-side, Dragster, opening with motor racing track sound effects, that caught the attention of a 25-year old Peel. The latter song (like Fortune's earliest successes, issued on the Park Avenue label) became JP's signature tune for his BFBS shows from 1989 until the end of their run, and was later found in John Peel's Record Box.
Fortune taught at a music store during the 1970s and played live regularly (in a bizarre range of genres). During his later career he switched to country (and to vocals as opposed to instrumental music) and was nominated for a Nashville Music Trailblazer award in 1997. Sammy Hagar (Montrose) was said to have labelled him the world's greatest guitarist. 
Festive Fifty Entries
Other Shows Played
- 05 March 1986: 'Dragster (7")' (Sonet)
- 31 July 1987 (Radio Bremen): Dragster (7") Park Ave
- 09 August 1991 (BFBS): Dragster (7") Park Ave