Johnny Tillotson

Performing Saturday, February 2, 2019

Pop/rock singer and songwriter Johnny Tillotson got his first exposure as a singer on his father’s radio station while he was still a child. His primary interest was country music, although he was inspired by rock ‘n roll when he saw Elvis Presley perform in Jacksonville in 1955 just after he had turned 14. He enjoyed great success in the early ‘60s when he scored a series of Top Ten hits including “Poetry in Motion” and the self-penned “It Keeps Right on a-Hurtin’”. In total, he placed 30 singles and LPs in the Billboard charts between 1958 and 1984, most of them in the pop charts, though he also reached the country, R&B and easy listening charts. Tillotson’s string of hits allowed him to establish a performing career both in the U.S. and around the world that has kept him steadily working well into the 21st century.