Johnnie Johnston

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Johnnie Johnston
Johnnie Johnston 1945.JPG
Johnnie Johnston in 1945
Born John Clifford Johnston
December 1, 1915
St. Louis, Missouri
Died January 6, 1996 (aged 80)
Cape Coral, Florida
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
singer
Children 5

Johnny Johnston (December 1, 1915 – January 6, 1996),[1] was an American actor and singer who was popular in the 1940s.

Early years[edit]

Born John, Clifford Johnston in St. Louis, Missouri, he was of Scottish, Venetian and French descent.

Radio[edit]

In the late 1930s, Johnston had his own program on NBC-Blue.[2]

Recordings[edit]

Johnston had several hits on the Capitol label.

Personal life[edit]

Johnston married Kathryn Grayson[3] August 22, 1947 in Carmel, California.[4] Grayson was his second wife.[5] On October 7, 1948, the couple's only child, daughter Patricia "Patty Cake" Kathryn Johnston was born. Grayson and Johnston separated on November 15, 1950. On October 3, 1951, Grayson was given a divorce from Johnston on the grounds of mental cruelty.[6] Johnston's This Time for Keeps co-star, Esther Williams, claimed in her 1999 autobiography that while making the film, Johnston would read Grayson's intimate letters aloud to the girls in his fan club, including the "all-too-graphic details concerning what she liked about his love-making."[7] Later he operated a nightclub in New York City.[3]

On July 31, 1952, Johnston married Shirley I. Carmel in Greenwich, Connecticut.[5]

Hit recordings[edit]

Year Single US Chart position label catalog #
1945 "(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings" 7[8] Capitol 186 [9]
"Laura" 5[8] Capitol 196[9]
"There Must Be a Way" 9[8] Capitol 196[9]
1946 "One More Dream (and She's Mine)" 13[8] Capitol 228[9]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wagner, Laura (Winter 2015). "Johnnie Johnston: Bobbysoxer Heartthrob". Films of the Golden Age (83): 71–72. 
  2. ^ "(radio listing)". Kansas, Emporia. The Emporia Gazette. June 20, 1938. p. 8. Retrieved February 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b Vera, Billy (2000). From the Vaults Vol. 4: Love Letters (CD). Hollywood: Capitol Records. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "Kathryn Grayson Sues for Divorce". Los Angeles Times. August 10, 1951. 
  5. ^ a b "Johnnie Johnston Is Wed". Missouri, Kansas City. The Kansas City Times. August 1, 1952. p. 1. Retrieved February 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Kathryn Grayson Given Divorce From Johnston". Los Angeles Times. October 4, 1951. 
  7. ^ Williams, Esther; Diehl, Digby (1999). The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography (1st ed.). p. 153. ISBN 978-0-15-601135-8. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  8. ^ a b c d Pop Memories 1890-1954. Joel Whitburn. 1986. Record Research Inc. p. 232. ISBN 0-89820-083-0
  9. ^ a b c d Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone Capitol 100 - 499, numerical listing discography Online Discographical Project. November 1, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "Columbia". Ohio, East Liverpool. The Evening Review. October 2, 1942. p. 6. Retrieved February 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "West Brings Top Tunefilm". Indiana, Terre Haute. The Terre Haute Tribune. April 24, 1949. p. 31. Retrieved February 6, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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