Johnny R was born in 1932 and became one of the biggest country stars the world has ever known. His talent for writing and singing with that baritone voice made such an impact on music that it easily crossed into mainstream charts. Johnny was born in Arkansas and received the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1977 and had seven top twenty singles in the U.S. during the 1960s including A Boy Named Sue.
Johnny entered the 1970s with What Is Truth in 1970 reaching No. 21 in the UK, two other singles that year failed to UK chart. In 1971 Johnny released six singles the biggest UK hit of those was A Thing Called Love and A Man In Black in the U.S. Johnny had a huge amount of hits in the U.S. in the 1970s scoring three top 50 hits and in the UK he also scored three top fifty hits with one being a surprise hit called One Piece At A Time. This song is all about a car factory worker removing pieces of a car from the factory every day.
Johnny had seventeen studio albums in the US in the 70s and three live albums and a soundtrack hit in 1970 called Walk The Line which became the film title to the story of his life in the 2000s.
Johnny was nearly always dressed in black, which with his height and voice made him really gain your attention. He was a big man and a man that always worked the way he wanted to do and really did not tolerate fools or obey the corporate world. The star was found to have in 1997 a neurone disease and suffered several bouts of pneumonia, but was a real fighter with the help of his wife. His wife June died in 2003 in May, and Johnny finally gave in a few months later on September 12th 2003.
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