Johnny Gill was the lead singer with New Edition, but he was encouraged to make a demo by his neighbour Stacy Lattisaw whose biggest hit was Jump to the Beat in 1980.
Johnny Pearson was an orchestra leader who recorded many TV theme tunes. The only one that charted was Sleepy Shores which charted at the end of 1971 and was the theme to the doctor series Owen MD. It was also the first single I ever owned.
Johnny Tillotson, who had a number one in 1961 with Poetry in Motion, spent most of his youth looking after his grandmother. The inspiration for the title of his number one came from the two songwriters, Paul Kaufman and Mike Anthony, looking up from their desk and watching a line of young ladies from a nearby school pass by outside their window every day.
Johnny Nash wrote and performed the theme song to American cartoon The Mighty Hercules in the 1960s.
Although Johnny Logan represented and won the Eurovision song contest in 1980 with What’s Another Year, his real name is Sean Patrick Michael Sherrard and he was born in Melbourne Australia.
Johnny Johnson’s (of the Bandwagon) real name is Johnny Mathis.
Johnnie (sometimes spelt Johnny) Ray lost his hearing in his right ear after a stupid blanket-toss accident at school where he fell on the ground on his ear.
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates had a minor 1964 hit called Always and Ever. Its B-Side was a cover of a Willie Perryman song called Dr Feelgood from which the punk/rock band took their name in the 70s.
Johnny Mathis, before becoming a singer was a high jump champion at school.
Johnny Cash, for 20 years, lived next door to Roy Orbison in Tennessee and in 1968 when Roy was touring the UK, a fire broke out at his home which killed his two sons, but it was Johnny who called the fire brigade.