Johnny Preston (August 18, 1939 - March 4, 2011) was an early rock and roll singer who became famous during the late 1950s-early 1960s. He is best remembered for the 1959 hit, "Running Bear," a teenage death song written by The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) which topped the Pop/Rock charts in both the UK and the US. This was followed by the 1960 smash hit, "Cradle Of Love," which quotes various well known nursery rhymes. Other hits included "Feel So Fine" (1960), "Free Me" (1961), and "Leave My Kitten Alone" (1961).
Preston made numerous appearances on "American Bandstand" and other TV shows during the early 1960s. He continued to tour and perform over the years, and he was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
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- Cradle Of Love 1960
- Feel So Fine 1960
(This song later also became a hit for Bunny Sigler (1967, as a medley).)
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