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Johnny Preston

Name  Johnny Preston
Occupation(s)  Singer
Role  Singer

Instruments  Vocals
Education  Lamar University
Years active  1959–2009
Genres  Traditional pop music
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Born  August 18, 1939 Port Arthur, Texas, United States (1939-08-18)
Labels  Mercury, Imperial, Kapp, TCF Hall, ABC
Died  March 4, 2011, Beaumont, Texas, United States
Albums  Let's Leave It That Way, Cradle of Love
Similar People  Jack Scott, Johnny Tollotson, Freddy Cannon, The Big Bopper, Bobby Vee

Birth name  John Preston Courville

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Johnny Preston (August 18, 1939 – March 4, 2011) was an American pop singer, who is best known for his international number one hit in 1960, "Running Bear".


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Life and career

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Born as John Preston Courville in Port Arthur, Texas, of Cajun ancestry, Preston sang in high school choral contests throughout the state of Texas. He formed a rock and roll band called the Shades, who were seen performing at a local club by J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

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Richardson offered Preston the chance to record a teenage tragedy song he had written, "Running Bear", which they did in Houston, Texas, in 1958. The "Indian" sounds on the record were performed by Richardson and George Jones. The record was released after the Big Bopper's death in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. It entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October 1959, reaching number one in January 1960 and remaining there for three weeks. It was a transatlantic chart-topper, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom in March 1960. The sales of the record exceeded one million copies, earning Preston his first gold disc.

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Preston quickly followed up with another hit called "Cradle of Love," (Billboard #7, UK # 2) and made several other records during the early 1960s that met with modest success. "Cradle of Love" was a hit in both the UK Singles Chart and in Athens, Greece. Preston's "I'm Starting to Go Steady", a song on the flip side of "Feel So Fine", (Billboard #14), was released in June 1960. Preston made appearances on American Bandstand (ABC-TV) and The Milt Grant Show and also The Buddy Deane Show (East Coast, United States).

Preston's pioneering contribution to the genre was recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He also performed at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Missouri.

Preston had coronary artery bypass surgery in 2010. He died of heart failure in Beaumont, Texas, on Friday 4 March 2011, at the age of 71, after years of heart-related illnesses. A tribute concert was performed on November 5, 2011, and featured guest artists Gene Bourgeois, Johnny Tillotson, Dickey Lee, and Chris Montez, along with LSCPS's Touring Band, under the direction of Aaron Horne.

Preston is survived by his wife, Sharon, two sons and two daughters.


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