Johnny Preston, Texas Singer. "Running Bear", Dies 71

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Johnny Preston, Texas Singer. "Running Bear", Dies 71

Postby Steve Sanderson » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:44 pm

From my friends at hollywoodmemoir.com

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

J. P. "The Big Bopper" 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. 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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