Pop and country singer Johnny Tillotson was born on this day in 1934. In 1957, a local Jacksonville, Florida DJ named Bob Norris submitted a tape of Johnny to the Pet Milk talent contest, and he was chosen as a finalist. This led him singing in Nashville, where he was heard by music publisher Lee Roseberg, who recommended him to Archie Bleyer, president of Cadence Records. "Dreamy Eyes" was his first single and reached #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958.
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Nice choice, John!
Lovely and sounds very much what I would have called an oldie as a teenager back in the ’80s. Of course, the definition of oldie has since changed. From today’s perspective, you pretty much could call any ’80s or ’90s song an oldie! :-)
Good one, John
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I recall hearing songs by Tillotson in the mid sixties. Didn’t know he was making music back into the 50’s. I never considered myself a fan of his music, but he had a classic sound of that era.
He’s still working, too…
This is definitely off topic, way off topic, but have you ever run across a piece of music bearing the title of “Walking Pneumonia Blues”?
Found this version. https://youtu.be/71nkIN4DsLo
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I’m sure someone will….