Johnny Preston

Genre 60s, oldies, rock n roll, Rock and Roll, male

Johnny Preston (born John Preston Courville on August 18, 1939, Port Arthur, Texas, USA - died March 4, 2011, Beaumont, Texas) was an American singer. He's best known for his international number one hit in 1960, "Running Bear".

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', before recording his No. 1 hit single "Running Bear." The song was written in 1958 by J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, who had died the previous year in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Preston quickly followed up with a minor hit called "Cradle of Love," and made several other records during the early 1960s that met with modest success.

"Cradle of Love" however, was a big hit in Athens, Greece in the early 60s.

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 and 2010, Preston performed with the Lamar State College (LSCPA)Touring Band at Lamar State College- Port Arthur, in his hometown.

Johnny Preston's pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Preston died of heart failure in Beaumont, Texas on March 4, 2011.


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Johnny Preston (born John Preston Courville on August 18, 1939, Port Arthur, Texas, USA - died March 4, 2011, Beaumont, Texas) was an American singer. He's best known for his international number one hit in 1960, "Running Bear".

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', before recording his No. 1 hit single "Running Bear." The song was written in 1958 by J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, who had died the previous year in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Preston quickly followed up with a minor hit called "Cradle of Love," and made several other records during the early 1960s that met with modest success.

"Cradle of Love" however, was a big hit in Athens, Greece in the early 60s.

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 and 2010, Preston performed with the Lamar State College (LSCPA)Touring Band at Lamar State College- Port Arthur, in his hometown.

Johnny Preston's pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Preston died of heart failure in Beaumont, Texas on March 4, 2011.


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Top Tracks

Running Bear 1

Running Bear

Cradle of Love 2

Cradle of Love

A New Baby For Christmas 3

A New Baby For Christmas

Feel so Fine 4

Feel so Fine

I Want a Rock 'n' Roll Guitar 5

I Want a Rock 'n' Roll Guitar

I Want A Rock N Roll Guitar 6

I Want A Rock N Roll Guitar

Charming Billy 7

Charming Billy

(I Want A) Rock and Roll Guitar 8

(I Want A) Rock and Roll Guitar

New Baby for Christmas 9

New Baby for Christmas

Four Letter Words 10

Four Letter Words

Top Albums

Running Bear
Running Bear
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The 50's Hits Back
The 50's Hits Back
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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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