The music of Kevin Johnson is available again for the first time in decades.
Robert Rigby’s Ambition Entertainment has compiled Kevin Johnson ‘The Ultimate Collection’ for the Fanfare Records label.
Queensland singer songwriter Kevin Johnson first made the Australian charts in 1971 with ‘Bonnie Please Don’t Go’ (no 9). The song was covered by Jim Ed Brown in the USA and became an American country hit titled ‘She’s Leaving’ (mo 37 US country, no 27 Canada country). Brown also used the song as the title track of his 1971 album (no 41 US country).
Kevin Johnson’s biggest hit ‘Rock And Roll I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life’ in 1973 became an Australian classic.
Johnson was working for the Queensland public service and performing at night when he caught the attention of Aussie singer Col Joye who signed him to his publishing company.
Johnson released four albums and one compilation from 1974 to 1981. His songs have been recorded or performed by Tom Jones, Roger Whittaker, Mac Davis, Terry Jacks, Val Doonican, Harry Chapin, Cliff Richard, Travis Tritt,Doug Kershaw, Joe Dassin, Des O’Connor, Jim Ed Brown, The Cats, Springfield Revival, Sonny Curtis, Gary Glitter, John Leyton, Sonny Knowles, Wyn and Andrea, Col Joye, Judy Stone, Little Pattie, Sandy Scott, Digby Richards and Normie Rowe.
Kevin Johnson will perform his first show in years in Sydney at The Factory Theatre on March 21, 2015.
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