Bruce Johnston

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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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27 June 1942, Los Angeles, California, USA. An early associate of Sandy Nelson and Phil Spector, whom he often supported on keyboards, Johnston enjoyed a spell backing Richie Valens before recording ‘Take This Pearl’ as half of Bruce And Jerry. He then wrote and played piano on several records by singer Ron Holden, before embracing the surfing craze in 1962 with ‘Do The Surfer Stomp’. The following year he began a fruitful partnership with songwriter/producer Terry Melcher which not only engendered the excellent Surfin’ ’Round The World, but a series of well-crafted studio projects. The duo took control of releases by the Rip Chords, notably ‘Three Window Coupe’, and the Rogues, as well as completing several singles as Bruce And Terry. In April 1965 Johnston joined the Beach Boys as an on-tour replacement for Brian Wilson. He made his recording debut with the group on ‘California Girls’, but the artist’s...

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