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    Johnston, Bruce (24th June 1942-Present)

    He was born Benjamin Baldwin and his name was changed to Bruce Arthur Johnston after he had been adopted in Peoria, Illinois. He grew up in Los Angeles.  He is a musician and singer-songwriter who attended private school and studied classical piano.  He switched to contemporary music while still at school and worked with a young Phil Spector and Sandy Nelson, who he played for on his Top 10 hit "Teenbeat".  He became a back-up performer for artists including Eddie Cochran and the Everly Brothers.  He was half of the Bruce and Jerry duo and made his solo single "Take This Pearl".  He began his record producing career at Del-Fi Records and produced and co-wrote an album by Ron Holden as well as several singles.  He resumed his own solo career and recorded the album Surfin' around the World.  He began to collaborate with Terry Melcher and they worked together as producers as well as becoming the duo Ben & Terry and The Rogues.  He replaced Glen Campbell in The Beach Boys when he left in 1965 and his first vocals with them were on "California Girls".  In 1966 he flew to London to play the album Pet Sounds for John Lennon and Paul McCartney to hear.  He left the band in 1968 but still guested on all their albums except M.I.U. and he rejoined the band officially in 1978.    As a songwriter he has written songs including "Disney Girls" which was recorded by Captain & Tennille and Art Garfunkel. His song "I Write the Songs" was a hit for Barry Manilow and recorded by over 200 artists, selling 25 million copies, and winning a Grammy Award.   He wrote and performed the backing vocals for Pink Floyd's album The Wall and Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".   He has won a "Song of the Year" Grammy and still performs 170 concerts a year with The Beach Boys.  Robert Lee portrayed him in the 1990 movie Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys.  He appeared in the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heats Club Band as well as an episode of Baywatch.

     

    Beach Boys Recordings

    Livin' With a Heartache (Carl Wilson/Randy Bachman)                                            

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Johnston
    2. http://imdb.com/name/nm0426552/
    3. www.westworld.com/~ireedman/backsters5.html
    4. www.beachboysband.net/MEMPAGES/ab_pages/AB_BIO_1.htm

     

    Here he is performing "Disney Girls"...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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