If you watch a lot of vintage TV like I do, you’re familiar with Johnny Crawford, who starred alongside Chuck Connors in The Rifleman, which ran from 1958 to 1963 and on into eternity in syndicated reruns. As he grew up on the show he became somewhat of a teen idol, and like so many other teen actors of that period (Annette Funicello, Paul Petersen, Shelley Fabares, Patty Duke etc.) turned that fame into a brief career as a singer. He had four songs that reached the Top 40 in 1962 and 1963. Since I seem to be doing this a lot, I’ll just put them all in.
His biggest hit, and the only one to reach the Top 10, was “Cindy’s Birthday,” which made it to #8 in 1962, when he was 16.
He followed that up with “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow,” which peaked at #14.
Later that year, “Rumors” reached #12.
His final Top 40 song was “Proud”; it peaked at #29, his last song in the Top 40.
Johnny had a number of guest appearances on other shows, and stayed active in music. Currently he leads a vintage dance orchestra, the JCO (Johnny Crawford Orchestra). They’ve recorded one critcally-acclaimed album, Sweepin’ The Clouds Away, available on Amazon (free streaming for Prime members). Interesting story about him, which I’ll quote from the Wikipedia article:
Crawford had a key role in the early career of entertainer Victoria Jackson, of Saturday Night Live fame. After the two appeared together in a summer stock production of Meet Me in St. Louis, he presented her with a one-way ticket to California and encouraged her to pursue a Hollywood career. This led Jackson to early appearances on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, before she was cast as a regular on SNL.
You gotta like a guy like that.
Johnny Crawford, your Two For Tuesday, June 5, 2018.