The Info List - Bruce Johnston

Bruce Arthur Johnston (born Benjamin Baldwin on June 27, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as a member of the Beach Boys. In 1965, Johnston joined the band for live performances, filling in for the group's co-founder Brian Wilson, who had quit touring in order to spend more time in the studio. Johnston then became a contributing member on subsequent albums. His compositions for the Beach Boys include "Tears in the Morning", "Deirdre", and "Disney Girls (1957)". He is also known for his early 1960s collaborations with Terry Melcher
Terry Melcher
as Bruce & Terry and with the surf band the Rip Chords, as well as composing the 1975 Barry Manilow song "I Write the Songs".[1] He continues to tour as a member of the Beach Boys alongside co-founder Mike Love.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 1957–65: Beginnings 2.2 1965–72: The Beach Boys 2.3 1972–77: Solo career 2.4 1978–present: Return to the Beach Boys

3 Other work 4 Discography

4.1 Solo 4.2 with the Beach Boys

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] As a child Johnston was adopted by William and Irene Johnston of Chicago
and grew up on the West side of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in Brentwood and Bel-Air. His adoptive father was president of the Owl Rexall
Drug Company in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
after moving from Walgreens
in Chicago. Johnston attended the private Bel Air Town and Country School (later renamed John Thomas Dye School) in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and studied classical piano in his early years. Career[edit]

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1957–65: Beginnings[edit] In high school, Johnston switched to contemporary music. He performed in a few "beginning" bands during this time and then moved on to working with young musicians such as Sandy Nelson, Kim Fowley, and Phil Spector.[citation needed] Soon Johnston began backing people such as Ritchie Valens,[2] the Everly Brothers, and Eddie Cochran.[citation needed] In 1959, while still in high school, Johnston arranged and played on his first hit record, "Teen Beat" by Sandy Nelson. The single reached the Billboard Top Ten. The same year, Johnston made his first single under his own name, "Take This Pearl" on Arwin Records (a record label owned by Doris Day) as part of the Bruce & Jerry duo (Jerry Cooper was a high school friend of Bruce's).[citation needed] In 1960, Johnston started his record production career at Del-Fi Records, producing five singles and an album – Love You So – by Ron Holden
Ron Holden
(all but two of the album's eleven tracks were written or co-written by Johnston).[citation needed] In 1962 and 1963, Johnston continued his recording career with a series of surfin' singles (vocal & instrumental) and an album, Surfin' 'Round The World, credited to Bruce Johnston, and another "live" album, the Bruce Johnston Surfin' Band's Surfer's Pajama Party. In 1963 came the first collaboration with his friend Terry Melcher
Terry Melcher
(Doris Day's son), a mostly instrumental covers album credited to the Hot Doggers.[citation needed] The first artist the pair produced was a group called the Rip Chords. Johnston and Melcher were now working as staff producers at Columbia Records, Hollywood and by the time they were producing the million-selling "Hey Little Cobra", a knock-off of the Beach Boys car song vocal style, they also wound up singing every layered vocal part for the recording using an Ampex three track recording machine.[citation needed] The two of them made a few recordings as Bruce & Terry and the Rogues, but Melcher began to focus more on his production career (with the Byrds, Paul Revere & the Raiders).[citation needed] 1965–72: The Beach Boys[edit] Main article: The Beach Boys On April 9, 1965, Johnston joined the Beach Boys, replacing Glen Campbell, who was playing bass on the road and singing Brian Wilson's vocal parts. Johnston did not start playing bass until his first tenure with the Beach Boys, and the very first vocal recording Johnston made as one of the Beach Boys was "California Girls" (although for contractual reasons he would not be credited or photographed on a Beach Boys album until 1967 on the Wild Honey album[citation needed]). Johnston is frequently credited[by whom?] as one of the original greatest supporters of the Beach Boys' 1966 signature album Pet Sounds. He flew to London in May 1966 and played the album for John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Keith Moon, who was a Beach Boys fan.[3][4] Johnston wrote several Beach Boys songs: "The Nearest Faraway Place" (instrumental) and notably 1971's "Disney Girls (1957)", which was subsequently recorded by Cass Elliot, Captain & Tennille, Art Garfunkel, Jack Jones, and Doris Day.[citation needed] Johnston also sang lead on three songs from the 1970 Beach Boys album Sunflower: "Tears in the Morning" (which he also wrote), "Deirdre" (Brian co-wrote this song with Bruce), and "At My Window". 1972–77: Solo career[edit] Johnston left the Beach Boys in 1972 to embark on a solo career, and wrote the Billboard number one, Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
hit "I Write the Songs", for which he won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. "I Write the Songs" has been recorded by over two hundred artists (including Frank Sinatra), and it currently[when?] has a cumulative singles/albums worldwide sales figure of twenty-five million copies.[citation needed] 1978–present: Return to the Beach Boys[edit] Johnston returned to the fold in 1978 at Brian Wilson's request to appear on (and co-produce) the album L.A. (Light Album).[citation needed] The following year he was credited as sole producer on the follow-up LP, Keepin' the Summer Alive. Johnston has remained with the Beach Boys ever since and was the only member to continue touring with Mike Love
Mike Love
as the Beach Boys after the death of Carl Wilson. In June 2012, Johnston, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and David Marks reunited for a new album and 50th anniversary tour.[5] Despite his long involvement with the band, he no longer has a full membership in Brother Records, having traded his shares (but not his artist royalties) in 1972.[citation needed] Johnston still retains his equal ownership of the band's ASCAP
publishing company, Wilojarston, and is the only member of the band to have earned a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Other work[edit] In 1967, he sang on "My World Fell Down", a minor hit for the Gary Usher-led studio group Sagittarius. On his Columbia Records
Columbia Records
1977 solo album Going Public, he scored a hit on the disco charts with a dance-oriented remake of the Chantays' hit "Pipeline". Also in 1977, he vocal arranged and sang back-up vocals on Eric Carmen's LP, Boats Against the Current, and can be heard on the hit single, "She Did It", on which he also arranged the vocals. In addition, Johnston wrote backing vocal arrangements and also sang on the recordings for Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and several songs off Pink Floyd's album The Wall.[4] Discography[edit] Solo[edit] Albums

Year Album details

1962 Surfers' Pajama Party

Released: 1962 Label: Del-Fi Records Tracks: "Surfer's Delight"; "Kansas City"; "Mashin' the Popeye"; "Gee But I'm Lonesome"; "Green Onions"; "Ramrod"; "Last Night"; "Surfer Stomp"; "What'd I Say"; "Something On Your Mind"

1963 Surfin' Round the World

Released: 1963 Label: Columbia Records Tracks: "Surfin' Round the World"; "Maksha at Midnight"; "Down Under"; "Cape Town"; "Biarritz"; "Jersey Channel Islands, Pt. 7"; "The Hamptons"; "Virginia Beach"; "Surf-A-Nova"; "Hot Pastrami, Mashed Potatoes, Come on to Rincon-Yeah!!"; "Malibu"; "Surfin's Here to Stay"

1977 Going Public

Released: 1977 Label: Columbia Records Tracks: "I Write the Songs"; "Deirdre"; "Thank You Baby"; "Rendezvous"; "Won't Somebody Dance With Me"; "Disney Girls (1957)"; "Rock and Roll Survivor"; "Don't Be Scared"; "Pipeline"


Date of release Title Label Chart positions

February 1962 "Do the Surfer Stomp (Part One)"/"Do the Surfer Stomp (Part Two)" Donna never charted

April, 1962 "Soupy Shuffle Stomp"/"Moon Shot" Donna never charted

March, 1963 "The Original Surfer Stomp"/"Pajama Party" Del-Fi never charted

August, 1977 (UK) "Pipeline"/"Disney Girls" CBS Records #33 (UK)

September, 1977 "Pipeline"/"Disney Girls" + "Pipeline"/"Deirdre" (12") Columbia Records never charted

1977 "Rendezvous"/"I Write the Songs" Columbia Records never charted

with the Beach Boys[edit]

Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
(1965) Beach Boys' Party!
Beach Boys' Party!
(1965) Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
(1966) Smiley Smile
Smiley Smile
(1967) Wild Honey (1967) Friends (1968) 20/20 (1969) Sunflower (1970) Surf's Up (1971) L.A. (Light Album) (1979) Keepin' the Summer Alive
Keepin' the Summer Alive
(1980) The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys
(1985) Still Cruisin' (1989) Summer in Paradise (1992) Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 (1996) That's Why God Made the Radio
That's Why God Made the Radio


^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Bruce Johnston". Allmusic. Retrieved May 21, 2010.  ^ "Bruce Johnston, Ritchie Valens
Ritchie Valens
and "Donna" (Ludwig)". January 13, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2015.  ^ Bruce Johnston brings Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
to Lennon & McCartney in London on YouTube ^ a b James Riley (November 15, 2011). "Bruce Johnston: From Pet Sounds to Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
and having time to SMiLE". Retrieved May 16, 2015.  ^ Sterdan, Darryl (December 16, 2011). "Beach Boys gear up for reunion". Sun Media. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Bruce Johnston on IMDb Bruce Johnston interview Bruce Johnston Interview - NAMM Oral History Library (2016)

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