Johnny Tillotson, from Jacksonville, Florida, is still going, mostly on the oldies circuit. He’s a singer and songwriter who had nine Top 10 hits on the Pop, Country, and Adult Contemporary charts in the Sixties, and is considered one of the Top 100 Artists in the Rock & Roll era.
His best-known song is “Poetry In Motion,” which reached #2 in the US on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts and went to #1 in the UK. It was recorded in Nashville, where he was backed by Boots Randolph on saxophone and Floyd Cramer on piano.
Johnny wrote and recorded “It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'” in 1962, inspired by his father’s terminal illness. It was a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (#3), the Cash Box Hot Singles chart (#5), the R&B chart (the only time he appeared on that chart, #6) and #4 on the Country chart, his first time on that chart. It was later recorded by Margaret Whiting, Elvis Presley, and Billy Joe Royal, who reached #17 on the Country chart in 1988.
Johnny Tillotson, your Two for Tuesday, May 29, 2018.