Johnny Tillotson

Johnny Tillotson

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Johnny Tillotson (born April 20, 1938 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American singer and songwriter. He enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s, when he scored 9 top-ten hits on the pop, country and adult contemporary billboard charts including "Poetry In Motion" and the self-penned "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'". He also sang "Yellow Bird", an adaptation of the Haitian song, Johnny's version is quoted as being a favorite of the former head of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom,because he and his wife had enjoyed it during their honeymoon. (BBC Interview)


He is the son of Doris and Jack Tillotson, (Jack owned a small service station on the corner of 6th and Pearl in Jacksonville, he also acted as the stations mechanic], at the age of 9 he was sent to Palatka, Florida. He became a regular on the Toby Dowdy regional TV show in Jacksonville, and then had his own TV show on WDGA-TV. In 1957, while studying at the University of Florida, a local disc jockey, Bob Norris sent a tape of...
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