Johnny Tillotson was born on April 20, 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida. He is one of the most successful teen idols of the late 1950s, charting Billboard Hot 100 hits into 1965. His first hit record was recorded for Cadence Records in 1958. WELL I’M YOUR MAN made its Billboard Top 100 debut on October 6, 1958, only climbing to #87 and remaining on the chart for just three weeks. The flip-side of the single was originally…DREAMY EYES, at first it did not chart. DREAMY EYES charted on November 3, 1958 (Cadence 1353) with…WELL I’M YOUR MAN as the flip-side. The single charted at #63, the flip-side did not chart.
Other hit singles followed, TRUE TRUE HAPPINESS-#54 in 1959, WHY DO I LOVE YOU SO-#42 in 1960, the single was followed by the double-sided hit…EARTH ANGEL-#57 and PLEDGING MY LOVE-#63. His next single record would bring Johnny to the top of the pop charts. His recording of…POETRY IN MOTION in October of 1960 became a #2 hit record on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1961 JIMMY’S GIRL charted at #25 and was followed by WITHOUT YOU a #7 Hot 100 record. In December of 1961 Cadence Records re-issued…DREAMY EYES with WELL I’M YOUR MAN and this time DREAMY EYES became a #35 hit on the Hot 100.
Johnny’s last Top 10 single on Cadence Records charted in May of 1962…IT KEEPS RIGHT ON A-HURTIN’ became a #3 hit record and remained on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks. Johnny would leave Cadence Records in 1963 and record for MGM Records, charting 10 more Billboard Hot 100 singles for that label including his last Hot 100, Top 10 hit in 1963…TALK BACK TREMBLING LIPS a #7 hit single. Johnny Tillotson charted 26 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1958 and 1965, ranking him at #43 for the decade of the 1960s by Joel Whitburn in his book, “Top Pop Singles, 12th Edition” and he is ranked at #182 all-time…
Johnny’s wonderful music is still played on oldies radio and his recordings are some of the best from the, “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”
CLICK THE TITLES BELOW…JOHNNY TILLOTSON IS SINGING…”DREAMY EYES”, “POETRY IN MOTION” AND “IT KEEPS RIGHT ON A-HURTIN'”.
Till the next time—Joe