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Encyclopedia > Johnny Bristol

Johnny Bristol (born John William Bristol; February 3, 1939 - March 21, 2004), was an African American musician, most famous as a songwriter and record producer for the Motown label in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a native of Morganton, North Carolina. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black), is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1971 to 1980, inclusive. ... Morganton is a city located in Burke County, North Carolina. ...


Bristol first came to local fame in the Detroit, Michigan area as a member of the soul duo "Johnny & Jackey" with Jackey Beavers, an associate Bristol met while in the US Air Force. The pair recorded a number of singles for Harvey Fuqua's Tri-Phi label, none of which were successes beyond the Midwestern United States. Nickname: Motor City, Motown, Hockey Town Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Official website: www. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... Harvey Fuqua is an African-American soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and record label executive. ...


In the mid-1960s, Tri-Phi was absorbed by Motown Records, and Bristol began working with Fuqua as a songwriter and producer. Among Fuqua and Bristol's successes as producers were hit singles such as Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1967), "Your Precious Love" (1967), and "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" (1968); Edwin Starr's "Twenty-Five Miles" (1969); and David Ruffin's "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" (1969). On his own, Bristol co-wrote and produced Gladys Knight & the Pips' "I Don't Want to Do Wrong" (1971) and "Daddy Could Swear, I Declare" (1972), and several singles by Jr. Walker & the All-Stars such as "What Does It Take (to Win Your Love)" (1969). Motown, also known as Tamla-Motown outside the U.S., is a record label founded on December 14, 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Montgomery) (April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an African American Motown singer in the 1960s, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye. ... Aint No Mountain High Enough is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson in 1966. ... Your Precious Love was a 1967 hit by soul music legends Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. ... If I Could Build My Whole World Around You was a popular recording for American soul music legends Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell in 1968. ... Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 3, 2003) was a soul music singer. ... David Ruffin. ... The Pips redirects here. ... Jr. ...


Notably, Bristol was the producer and co-writer of the final singles for both Diana Ross & the Supremes and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, before each group lost its namesake lead singer. While the Miracles' "We've Come Too Far to End It Now" (1972) was an original, the Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together" (1969) was a cover of a Johnny & Jackey single from 1961. Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... Someday Well Be Together is a 1969 recording released as a single for Diana Ross & The Supremes by the Motown label on October 14, 1969. ...


In 1973, Bristol left Motown to resume his singing career, joining first with CBS Records and almost immediately moving to MGM Records. For MGM, Bristol recorded several successful albums and singles, and had hits in the mid-1970s with "Hang On In There Baby" (1974, number-eight U.S. pop), "You And I" (1974, number 20 U.S. R&B), and "Leave My World" (1975, number 20 U.S. R&B). He also recorded the original version of "Love Me for a Reason", later a hit for The Osmonds. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Bristol would record for Atlantic Records, Polydor Records, and several other labels. His biggest hit during this period was a medley of the Motown songs "My Guy/My Girl", recorded as a duet with Amii Stewart in 1980. Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1946. ... The Osmonds are an American family pop group who achieved enormous worldwide success as teenybopper idols in the 1970s. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. ... My Guy is a 1964 #1 hit single recorded by Mary Wells for the Motown label. ... My Girl My Girl, released December 21, 1964, is a 1965 number-one single recorded by The Temptations for the Motown label. ... Amy Nicole Stewart (born January 29, 1956 in Washington D.C.) is an American singer. ...


Johnny Bristol died in his Howell, Michigan home on March 21, 2004, of natural causes, at the age of sixty-five. Howell is a city located in Livingston County, Michigan. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discography

Albums

  • 1974: Hang On In There Baby
  • 1975: Feeling The Magic
  • 1976: Bristol's Creme
  • 1979: Strangers
  • 1981: Free to Be Me
  • 1993: Come to Me

 
 

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