Johnny Bush

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Tags: country americana texas honky tonk singer-songwriter classic country all cowhat fav traditional country cowhat tex realrealcountry green snakes Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Bush Shinn III, 17 February 1935, Houston, Texas, USA. Bush sang and played guitar as an adolescent. He moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1962 and was resident at the Texas Star Inn. He became a drummer and worked with Willie Nelson. Nelson, and then Bush, moved to Ray Price’s band but Bush had no luck in developing a solo career. He eventually became the leader of Willie Nelson’s band, the Record Men, and had solo successes with ‘You Ought To Hear Me Cry’ and ‘What A Way To Love’ in 1967. Further US country hits followed with ‘Undo The Right’ and Marty Robbins’ classic song ‘You Gave Me A Mountain’, before moving to RCA Records and the biggest single of his career with Willie Nelson’s ‘Whiskey River’. He became known as the ‘Country Caruso’.

In 1975 Bush developed cancer of the throat and it was thought that he might not sing again. However, in 1982 he and...

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