Chanteur Rock 'n' Roll US né John Preston Courville, le 18 Août 1939 à Port Arthur (Texas). Johnny Preston est décédé le 4 Mars 2011 à Beaumont (Texas).

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.
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.
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. In 2009, Preston performed at the Lamar State College, in his hometown.
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.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll

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RUNNING BEAR (1959)

CRADLE OF LOVE (1960)

CHARMING BILLY (1961)

Leave My Kitten Alone (1961)

FREE ME (1961)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

07/1959 SP MERCURY 71474X45 (US) . Running Bear / My Heart Knows
02/1960 SP MERCURY 71598X45 (US) Cradle Of Love / City Of Tears
06/1960 SP MERCURY 71651X45 (US)
Feel So Fine / I'm Starting To Go Steady
08/1960 EP MERCURY 14226 (US) Running Bear   / My Heart Knows / Cradle Of Love / City Of Tears
10/1960 SP MERCURY 71691 (US)
Up In The Air / Charming Billy
11/1960 SP MERCURY 71728 (US) . (I Want A) Rock And Roll Guitar / New Baby For Christmas
1960 EP MERCURY EP-1-3397 (US) Running Bear / My Heart Knows / Cradle Of Love / City Of Tears
1960 ? SP MERCURY Celebrity Series C-30089 (US) . Running Bear / Cradle Of Love
1960 EP MERCURY ZEP 10078 (UK) Johnny 'Running Bear' Preston - Running Bear / My Heart Knows / Cradle Of Love / City Of Tears
1960 EP MERCURY ZEP 10098 (UK) Ring-Tail Tooter - Charming Billy / Up In The Air / Feel So Fine / I'm Starting To Go Steady
1960 EP MERCURY EP 60266 (DK) Running Bear - Running Bear / My Heart Knows / Cradle Of Love / City Of Tears
1960 SP MERCURY MS-95 (JAP) Running Bear / My Heart Knows
1960 ? SP MERCURY MS-105 (JAP) Cradle Of Love (恋のゆりかご) / City Of Tears (涙の町かど)
01/1961 SP MERCURY 71761 (US) Leave My Kitten Alone / Token Of Love
04/1961 SP MERCURY 71803 (US) . Willy Walk / I Feel Good
04/1961 EP MERCURY 14239 (US) Charming Billy / That's All I Want / Leave My Kitten Alone / The Angels Gave You To Me
08/1961 SP MERCURY 71865 (US) She Once Belonged To Me / Let Them Talk
12/1961 SP MERCURY 71908 (US) Kissin' Tree / Free Me
1961 EP PHILIPS 434 509 (US) Leave My Kitten Alone / Kissin' Tree / Free Me / Do What You Did
04/1962 SP MERCURY 71951 (US) . Let's Leave It That Way / Broken Hearts Anonymous
10/1962 SP MERCURY 72049 (US) . Let The Big Boss Man (Pull You Through) / Day After Forever
02/1963 SP IMPERIAL X 5924 (US) . This Little Bitty Tear (It's Gonna Dry) / The Day The World Stood Still
1963 SP IMPERIAL 5947 (US) . I've Got My Eyes On You / I Couldn't Take It Again
05/1964 SP HALL-WAY 45-1201 (US) . All Around The World / Just Plain Hurt
09/1964 SP HALL-WAY 45-1204 (US) . Willie And The Hand Jive / I've Got My Eyes On You
03/1965 SP HALL 45-1927 (US) . Running Bear '65 / Dedicated To The One I Love
1965 SP HALL 45-2001 (US) . I'm Kicking Myself / Peddler Man
1965 SP TCF HALL TCF-101 (US) . Running Bear '65 / Dedicated To The One I Love
08/1965 SP TCF HALL TCF-110 (US) . You Can Make It If You Try / Sounds Like Trouble
12/1965 SP TCF HALL TCF-120 (US) . Good Good Lovin' / I'm Asking Forgiveness
06/1968 SP ABC 45-11085 (US) . I'm Only Human / There's No One Like You
1969 SP MERCURY 127 473 MCF (SW) Running Bear / Feel So Fine
196? SP ABC 45-11187 (US) . I've Just Been Wastin' My Time / Kick The Can
1973 SP Goldies 45 D-2569 (US) . Feel So Fine / Charming Billy
1973 SP Goldies 45 D-2570 (US) . Cradle Of Love / I'm Starting To Go Steady With The Blues
1973 SP Goldies 45 D-2571 (US) . Running Bear / The Day The World Stood Still
1973 SP PROBE 1C 006-95 840 (GER) Old Rock New Roll Vol. 4 - Cradle Of Love / Running Bear
197? SP Era Back To Back Hits Series 044 (US) . Running Bear / Feel So Fine
1982 SP ARC 012-82 (NL) Running Bear (Johnny PRESTON) / Pimrose Lane (Jerry WALLACE)
1982 ? SP Collectables C 3114 (US) . Cradle Of Love (Johnny PRESTON) / Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Jivin' Gene)
11/1987 SP MERCURY 870 013-7 (GER) Hit Come Back 79 - Running Bear / My Heart Knows
1987 SP MAYBELLENE 32 (SW) (picture disc) Running Bear / Cradle Of Love
1987 SP MAYBELLENE (SW) (picture disc) (limited edition) Running Bear / Cradle Of Love
1987? SP MAYBELLENE MBR-519 (EUR) Running Bear / Cradle Of Love
1991 SP Bellaphon ‎100-07-423 (GER) Oldies Original Stars - Let's Think About Living (Bob LUMAN) / Running Bear (Johnny PRESTON)
1992 SP Collectables COL 4356 (US) . Running Bear (JohnnyPRESTON) / Theme From Dr. Kildare (Richard Chamberlain)
1992 SP Collectables COL 4810 (US) . Gonna Find Me A Bluebird (Marvin RAINWATER) / Feel So Fine (Johnny PRESTON)
2002 EP DIAMOND DR 3004 (GER)

Cradle Of Love / Feel So Fine / Charming Billy / Running Bear / Chief Heartbreak / Sitting Here Crying

???? EP ZOOM 001 (?) The Best Of Mr. Rock & Roll - Cradle Of Love / Feel So Fine / Do What You Did / Charming Billy









Albums

1960 LP 12" MERCURY MG-20592 (mono) / SR-60250 (stereo) (US) RUNNING BEAR - Running Bear / What Am I Living For / Earth Angel / Guardian Angel / Hearts Of Stone / Quiet Heartbreak / The Twist / You'll Never Walk Alone / Pretend / Danny Boy / Dream / Madre De Dios (Mother Of God)
1961 LP 12" MERCURY MG-20609 (mono) / SR-60609 (stereo) (US) COME ROCK WITH ME - Charming Billy / Just Little Boy Blue / That's All I Want / The Angels Gave You To Me / Token Of Love / Feel So Good (Feel So Fine) / Leave My Kitten Alone / Sitting Here Crying / Do What You Did / Please Believe Me / Cradle Of Love / My Imagination
197? LP 12" DEMAND DS-005 (US) COME ROCK WITH ME - Running Bear / Charming Billy / Cradle Of Love / Leave My Kitten Alone / Fell So Fine / Do What You Did / Chief Heartbreak / The Twist / Kissin Tree All Around The World / Willie And The Hand Jive / That's All I Want / I ve Got My Eyes On You / The Angels Gave You To Me / Sitting Here Crying
1989 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD-15473 (GER) RUNNING BEAR - Charming Billy / Running Bear / Cradle Of Love / Chief Heartbreak / My Heart Knows / That's All I Want / Just Little Boy Blue / Leave My Kitten Alone / Sitting Here Crying / I Want A Rock And Roll Guitar / Hearts Of Stone / Do What You Did / I Played Around With My Love / Chosen Few / Up In The Air / Kissin' Tree (1) / Four Letter Word / Feel So Good / She Once Belonged To Me / A New Baby For Christmas / City Of Tears / I'm Startin' To Go Steady With The Blues / Dream / Madre De Dios / You'll Never Walk Alone / Danny Boy / Broken Heart Anonymous
1991 LP 12" Combo ST 60609 (I) Come Rock With Me - Cradle Of Love / Charming Billy / Just A Little Boy Blue / That's All I Want / Feel So Good / Leave My Kitten Alone / Sitting Here Crying / Do What You Did / The Angels Gave You To Me / Earth Angel / Danny Boy / Running Bear / Chief Heartbreak / Heart Of Stone / What Am I Living For / You'll Never Walk Alone / I Want A Rock 'n Roll Guitar / Up In The Air / I Got My Eye On You / All Around The World / Willie And The Handjive / The Twist
07/1995 CD COLLECTABLES COL-CD-5558 (US) RUNNING BEAR - Running Bear / Cradle Of Love / Feel So Fine / Leave My Kitten Alone / Charming Billy / Chief Heartbreak / Do What You Do / That's All I Want / I Want A Rock & Roll Guitar / Kissin' Tree / My Heart Knows / Hearts Of Stone / Just Little Boy Blue / Sitting Here Crying / Chosen Few / Up In The Air / Four Letter Word / A New Baby For Christmas
09/1996 CD STARDUST 5001 (US) ALL TIME GREATEST HITS - Running Bear / Cradle Of Love / Feel So Fine / Charming Billy / Leave My Kitten Alone / A New Baby For Christmas / That's All I Want / Just Little Blue / Danny Boy / Broken Heart Anonymous
03/1998 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 16234 (GER) CHARMING BILLY - THE STEREO RECORDING - Charming Billy / Feel So Good / Leave My Kitten Alone / The Angels Gave You To Me / That's All I Want / Just Little Boy Blue / Hearts Of Stone / Chosen Few / Chief Heartbreak / The Twist / Up In The Air / Four Letter Word / Do What You Did / Over And Over / Sitting Here Cryin' / (I Want A) Rock And Roll Guitar / Dream / I Feel Good / Let Them Talk / Lucky In Love / I Played Around With My Love / A New Baby For Christmas / She Once Belonged To Me / I'm Startin' To Get Steady With The Blues / Mother Of God / Pretend / You'll Never Walk Alone / What Am I Living For / Please Believe Me / My Imagination / Earh Angel / Token Of Love / Guardian Angel / Danny Boy
19?? LP 12" Gun Shot GUN002 (GER) Johnny Preston Sings His Hits - Charming Billy / Running Bear / Just Little Boy Blue / Cradle Of Love / Leave My Kitten Alone / I Want A Rock 'n' Roll Guitar / Hearts Of Stone / She Once Belongs To Me / My Heart Knows / You'll Never Walk Alone / Feel So Good, Feel So Fine / Do What You Did / Up In The Air / I'm Starting To Go Steady With The Blues / Broken Hear Anonymous / Wille And The Hand Jive / The Angel Gave You To Me / I've Got My Eye On You / The Twist / All Around The World
11/2002 2 CD CASTLE 605 (UK) FEEL SO FINE - THE MERCURY RECORDINGS 1959-1962 :
CD 1 : Running Bear / My Heart Knows / Cradle Of Love / City Of Tears / Feel So Fine / I'm Starting To Go Steady With The Blues / Charming Billy / Up In The Air / (I Want A) Rock And Roll Guitar / New Baby For Christmas / Leave My Kitten Alone / Token Of Love / I Feel Good / Willy Walk / She Once Belonged To Me / Let Them Talk / Free Me / Kissin Tree / Broken Hearts Anonymous / Lets Leave It That Way / Let The Big Boss Man (Pull You Through) / The Day After Forever
CD 2 : What Am I Living For / Earth Angel / Guardian Angel / Hearts Of Stone / Chief Heartbreak / The Twist / You'll Never Walk Alone / Pretend / Danny Boy / Dream / Madre De Dios (Mother Of God) / Just Little Boy Blue / That All I Want / The Angels Gave You To Me / Please Believe Me / My Imagination / Sitting Here Cryin / Do What You Did / Kissin Tree (alt. take) / Four Letter Word / I Played Around With My Love / Chosen Few / Over And Over / Lucky In Love
03/2003 CD STOMPER TIME 6 (UK) THE BEST OF JOHNNY PRESTON - Do What You Did / Feel So Fine / Running Bear / Hearts Of Stone / Cradle Of Love / That's All I Want / I Wan't A Rock 'n' Roll Guitar / Charming Billy / Leave My Kitten Alone / Chief Heartbreak / A New Baby For Christmas / Madre De Dios (Mother Of God) / Chosen Few / You'll Never Walk Alone / Little Boy Blue / Four Letter Word / Dream / Sitting Here Crying / City Of Tears / Kissin' Time
07/2005 CD PEGASUS PEG CD 557 (US) CRADLE OF LOVE - Running Bear / Cradle Of Love / Feel So Fine / My Heart Knows / Just A Little Boy Blue / Chosen Few / Dream / Sitting Here Cryin' / Kissin' Tree / Broken Hearts Anonymous / City Of Tears / Four Letter Word / Over And Over / The Angels Gave You To Me / Pretend / What Am I Living For? / Token Of Love / Free Me / The Day After Forever / Guardian Angel / Please Believe Me
11/2012 CD Hallmark 712352 (UK) RUNNING BEAR - Running Bear / What Am I Living For / Earth Angel / Guardian Angel / Hearts Of Stone / Chief Heartbreak / The Twist / You'll Never Walk Alone / Pretend / Danny Boy / Dream / Madre De Dios
08/2014 2 CD JASMINE JASCD 771 (UK) Running Bear and All His Hits :
CD 1 : Running Bear / What Am I Living For / Earth Angel / Guardian Angel / Hearts Of Stone / Chief Heartbreak / The Twist / You'll Never Walk Alone / Pretend / Danny Boy / Dream / Madere De Dios / Charming Billy / Just Little Boy Blue / That's All I Want / The Angels Gave You To Me / Token Of Love / Feel So Good (Feel So Fine) / Leave My Kitten Alone / Sitting Here Crying / Do What You Did / Please Believe Me / Cradle Of Love / My Imagination
CD 2 : My Heart Knows / City Of Tears / Up In The Air / I'm Starting To Go Steady With The Blues / I Want A Rock And Roll Guitar / A New Baby For Christmas / Willy Walk / I Feel Good / She Once Belonged To Me / Let Them Talk / Kissin' Tree / Free Me / Broken Heart Anonymous / Let's Leave It That Way / The Day After Forever / Let The Big Boss Man (Pull You Through)
2017 2 CD One Day DAY2CD318 (UK) The Very Best Of Johnny Preston :
CD 1 : Running Bear / Cradle Of Love / Charming Billy / Token Of Love / Earth Angel / Willy Walk / I'm Starting To Go Steady / Kissin' Tree / Hearts Of Stone / Madre De Dios (Mother Of God) / Pretend / Just Little Boy Blue / That's All I Want / Danny Boy / Sitting Here Crying / Let The Big Boss Man (Pull You Through) / My Imagination / Let's Leave It That Way / Let Them Talk / Do What You Did
CD 2 : Feel So Good (Feel So Fine) / Leave My Kitten Alone / Free Me / Big Chief Heartbreak / Up In The Air / You'll Never Walk Alone / What Am I Living For / Guardian Angel / I Feel Good / Please Believe Me / The Day After Forever / Broken Hearts Anonymous / The Twist / My Heart Knows / The Angels Gave You To Me / Dream / City Of Tears / She Once Belonged To Me / New Baby For Christmas / (I Want A) Rock & Roll Guitar

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