John Platania is a well-known session musician, guitar player, and record producer.
Platania was born in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, in Ulster County, near Woodstock.
He is most known for his work with Van Morrison, beginning on Moondance, and most recently on 2016's Keep Me Singing. In 1973 Platania toured with Morrison as a member of his band at the time The Caledonia Soul Orchestra. The double live album It's Too Late to Stop Now was released in 1974, which included songs from three nights of the tour. Platania also co-wrote two songs with Morrison, on his compilation album of out-takes The Philosopher's Stone, as well as playing guitar on several of the tracks on disc one.
He played on several albums for Chip Taylor, songwriter of "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" and from 1974 through 1982, he recorded and or performed with Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt and Judy Collins.