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Johnny Tillotson

Biography

A teen rock idol turned country-etched pop crooner, Johnny Tillotson has had a rich and varied career over the decades. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Johnny Tillotson always possessed a natural affinity for country music and knew how to temper it with rock 'n' roll and R&B sounds along with a talent for teen pop balladeering. Tillotson found his greatest success in the early 1960s, but he kept making American singles chart appearances all the way up to 1984 and continued to have success in the rest of the world long after that. Like Bobby Darin, Tillotson was one of the few pop singers who wrote a fair amount of his own material, with many of his tunes getting covered by other artists. The most successful of these, "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'" has been recorded by dozens-upon-dozens of performers, with everyone from Dean Martin to Elvis Presley to Conway Twitty making the song work for them. Besides appearing in concert with artists as varied as Ray Charles and Carl Perkins, Johnny Tillotson also played on England's Top Of The Pops, with the Beatles and is beloved by pop culture fanatics for crooning the theme song to the TV show Gidget. Rather than sitting back and collecting songwriting royalties, Johnny Tillotson still tours and performs widely.
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