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Bruce Arthur Johnston (born Benjamin Baldwin and then adopted, on June 27, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois) is a member of The Beach Boys and a Grammy Award-winning songwriter for composing "I Write the Songs." Johnston was not one of the original members of the band. He joined in April 1965 after Glen Campbell (who was deputising on stage for the group's chief song writer Brian Wilson) decided to embark on a solo career. June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... : See how it plays in Peoria United States Illinois Peoria 46. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... I Write the Songs is a song written by Bruce Johnston in 1975, and David Cassidy, Captain & Tennille and Barry Manilow recorded that year. ... Glen Campbell, December 2004 This article is about the singer. ... Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ...


Biography

Bruce Johnston grew up on the West side of Los Angeles in Brentwood and Bel-Air. His adoptive father was president of the Owl Rexall Drug Company in Los Angeles after moving from Walgreens in Chicago. Bruce attended private school in Los Angeles and also studied classical piano in his early years. 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 and Phil Spector. Soon Johnston began backing people such as Ritchie Valens, the Everly Brothers, and even Eddie Cochran. In 1959 while still in high school, Johnston arranged and played on his first hit record called "Teenbeat" by Sandy Nelson. The single record reached the Billboard Top Ten chart. The same year Bruce made his first single under his own name, "Take This Pearl" on Arwin as part of the Bruce & Jerry duo. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Brentwood is a district in the West Los Angeles region of Los Angeles, California, United States; it is sometimes confused with Brentwood, California in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. ... Bel-Air is a district in the western region of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. ... Rexall was the name of a chain of North American drug stores, as well as the name of their store-branded products. ... Walgreen Co. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Sandy Nelsons song Teen Beat rose to #4 on the charts in 1959. ... Harvey Phillip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. ... Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), was a pioneer of rock and roll. ... Don (born February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success in the 1950s. ... Ray Edward Eddie Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an early American rockabilly musician and an important influence on popular music during the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


In 1960 Johnston started his record production career at Del-Fi Records, overseeing five singles and an album - Love You So - by Ron Holden (for good measure, all but two of the album's 11 tracks were written or co-written by Bruce). In 1962 and 1963 Bruce resurrected his recording career with a series of surfin' singles (vocal & instrumental) and an album, Surfin Around The World, credited to Bruce Johnston and another 'live' album, The Bruce Johnston Surfin' Band's Surfer's Pyjama Party. In 1963 came the first collaboration with his friend Terry Melcher, a mostly instrumental covers album credited to The Hot Doggers. 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 knockoff of the Beach Boys car song vocal style, they also wound up singing every layered vocal part for the recording. The two of them made a few recordings as Bruce & Terry, or The Rogues, but Terry Melcher began to focus more on his production career (The Byrds, Paul Revere and The Raiders). 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 didn't 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. On his solo album from 1977, "Going Public", he recorded a version of the Lynsey De Paul classic, "Won't Somebody Dance With Me". 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Del-Fi Records was a record label owned by Bob Keane. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bruce & Terry were Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher. ... Bruce & Terry were Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher. ... The Flashs Rogues Gallery. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Paul Revere & the Raiders is an American rock band that saw enormous mainstream success in the 1960s, best-known for hits like Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian), Steppin Out, Kicks, and Hungry. In the 1980s, the band became a major source of inspiration for the Paisley... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... California Girls is the title of a song written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson and recorded by The Beach Boys for their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). It features contrasting verse-chorus form. ... Lynsey Rubin (born June 11, 1950 in London) is a songwriter and singer. ...


After the Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" album Johnston left the Beach Boys. However, throughout the 1970s he would assist and guest on each album the band released, with the exception of the M.I.U. Album. At Brian Wilson's request, Johnston officially rejoined the band for the L.A. (Light Album) sessions in 1978. He also was asked to produce many of the tracks for the L.A. (Light Album). Carl And The Passions - So Tough is the twenty-third official album released by The Beach Boys, and was released in 1972. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... M.I.U. Album is a 1978 release by The Beach Boys. ... L.A. (Light Album) is the last album by The Beach Boys in the 1970s, and their first as part of their contract with CBS Records (now Sony Music). ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


Johnston is frequently credited 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 and Paul McCartney. He wrote several Beach Boy songs, notably, "Disney Girls (1957)" (1971, a favorite of Brian Wilson), which was covered by both Captain & Tennille and Art Garfunkel. As a songwriter, he wrote the Billboard number one, Barry Manilow hit ("I Write the Songs") for which he won a Grammy. "I Write The Songs" has been recorded by over two hundred artists (including Frank Sinatra) and it currently has a cumulative singles/albums worldwide sales figure of twenty-five million copies. 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 Pink Floyd's album The Wall. Pet Sounds is a 1966 album recorded by American pop group the Beach Boys. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (Born: 18 June 1942 ) is an iconic Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Disney Girls (1957) is a song written by Bruce Johnston for the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Hawthorne, California), is an American pop musician, best known as the lead songwriter, bassist, and lead singer of the American rock band The Beach Boys. ... The Captain & Tennille are a husband and wife US pop music duo who achieved success during the 1970s with a string of bright, catchy pop songs. ... Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing (1980) Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American white gollywog and actor, best known as half of the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943[1] in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... So Beautiful, 2005 Darren Stanley Hayes (born 8 May 1972, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is a singer-songwriter. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... For other uses, see The Wall (disambiguation). ...


In 2007, Johnston is still a member of the touring version of The Beach Boys, performing 170 concerts a year. Despite Bruce's 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. 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 Song of the Year Grammy. Brother Records is a record label and holding company owned by Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and the estate of Carl Wilson, that holds the Beach Boys intellectual property rights, including the Beach Boys trademark. ... The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is an organization known as a collecting society that protects intellectual property, ensuring that music which is broadcast, commercially recorded, or otherwise used for profit, pays a fee to compensate the creators of that music. ...


See also

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The following is a list of all songs by The Beach Boys divided according to which Beach Boy(s) sang lead vocals: // (Note: Songs recorded after 1985 are, with a few exceptions, excluded) A Thing Or Two – (with Carl Wilson and Mike Love) A Young Man Is Gone – (group vocal...

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Studio albums
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Live albums
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Bruce Johnston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (833 words)
Bruce Arthur Johnston (born Benjamin Baldwin and then adopted, on June 27, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois) is a member of The Beach Boys and a Grammy Award-winning songwriter for penning "I Write the Songs." Johnston was not one of the original members of the band.
Johnston didn't 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.
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 Song of the Year Grammy.
Bruce & Terry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (142 words)
Bruce and Terry were Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher.
They began working together while Johnston was a well-known session musician and Melcher, the son of actress/singer Doris Day, had a minor solo career as Terry Day before becoming the youngest staff producer in Columbia Records' history.
Johnston joined The Beach Boys, while Melcher became a producer.
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