Danny Weis was raised in San Diego, California, where he was taught guitar by his father Johnny. Johnny was a well-known country jazz guitarist who performed with many Grand Ole Opry stars including Johnny Cash and Tex Ritter. At their home, legendary jazz guitar great Barney Kessel was frequently found jamming and trading guitar licks in the living room with Danny and his dad. These early influences formed the foundation of Danny’s strong sense of melody, bluesy lines, and the unique funky rhythmic style that define his trademark guitar sound.
Danny joined his first band at age 13, taught guitar at 16, and by the age of 18, had co-founded the 1960’s group, Iron Butterfly. While playing at famed Sunset Strip clubs like The Whiskey A Go Go, The Galaxy, and the Troubador, he quickly earned the reputation of “great guitar player” by his peers, and many fans. He also caught the attention of music greats Ahmet Ertegan, Paul Rothchild, Al Kooper and David Crosby – just to name a few.
In 1968, he accepted the offer to join Rothchild’s super group, Rhinoceros. This renowned R&B band is perhaps best known for its funky instrumental hit, “Apricot Brandy”, co-written by Danny, and featuring one of his trademark guitar licks.
In 1979, Danny appeared as Bette Midler’s guitarist in her film, “The Rose”, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. He received Platinum and Gold albums for his work as bandleader/guitarist for the movie’s soundtrack.
In addition to his rock and roll roots, Danny has been musical director for four L.A. Christian Centers, and has worked with many top Gospel artists including: Yolanda Adams, Shirley Ceasar, and Morris Chapman.
Now living in the Georgian Bay, Ontario Canada area, Danny is kept busy in his studio writing, arranging and recording his own projects as well as recording and performing with other Canadian, US and International artists.