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Johnny Tillotson The Complete Releases 1958-62 (2CD)

Johnny Tillotson The Complete Releases 1958-62 (2CD)

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Johnny Tillotson was one of the teen idols to come to fore in pop in the aftermath of the rock n roll explosion, appealing to a broad audience, and in his case, making an early crossover into the country market, with his rise to fame crystallised around his landmark 1960 Us No. 2 and UK No. 1 Poetry In Motion. He began his singing career in his teens, performing on local TV shows in his home state of Florida, and winning talent contests which took him to Nashville where he was spotted by talent scouts leading to deal with the Cadence label in 1958 as he turned 20. His first four singles all achieved minor chart placings but it was the classic Poetry In Motion which kick-started his career in a big way, leading to further memorable Top 10 successes like Without You and his first venture into country-flavoured material, his own song It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin.

This 2-CD set comprises all the A and B sides of his singles from his debut through to the end of 1962, as well as all the tracks from his first two albums Johnny Tillotsons Best & It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin, and titles from the Cadence compilation albums Rock-a-Ballads & Rock-a-Hits, which were not otherwise released on his singles or albums. It naturally includes all his fourteen US chart entries from this era. Its a comprehensive overview of the first five years of his recording career, during which time he established the basis from which he became a successful pop/country crossover artist during subsequent decades, and its a enjoyable showcase for his distinctive vocal talents.


There might not be a stampede of NDT readers for this release, which might be a little too sweet for some, but I have to say that I enjoyed it and hope that some fellow old teenagers might find it of interest for their 'secret pleasures' section, perhaps. The 19-page booklet by Paul Watts is good, too." Eric Dunsdon (Now Dig This Issue 430)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Dreamy Eyes Johnny Tillotson
2 Well, I'm Your Man Johnny Tillotson
3 I'm Never Gonna Kiss You Johnny Tillotson and Genevieve
4 True True Happiness Johnny Tillotson
5 Love Is Blind Johnny Tillotson
6 Why Do I Love You So Johnny Tillotson
7 Never Let Me Go Johnny Tillotson
8 Earth Angel Johnny Tillotson
9 Pledging My Love Johnny Tillotson
10 Poetry In Motion Johnny Tillotson
11 Princess, Princess Johnny Tillotson
12 Jimmy's Girl Johnny Tillotson
13 His True Love Said Goodbye Johnny Tillotson
14 Without You Johnny Tillotson
15 Cutie Pie Johnny Tillotson
16 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' Johnny Tillotson
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 She Gave Sweet Love To Me Johnny Tillotson
2 Send Me The Pillow You Dream On Johnny Tillotson
3 What'll I Do Johnny Tillotson
4 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) Johnny Tillotson
5 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Johnny Tillotson
6 Lonesome Town Johnny Tillotson
7 I Got A Feeling Johnny Tillotson
8 Much Beyond Compare Johnny Tillotson
9 Lonely Street  Johnny Tillotson
10 Funny How Time Slips Away Johnny Tillotson
11 I Fall To Pieces Johnny Tillotson
12 Take Good Care Of Her Johnny Tillotson
13 Four Walls Johnny Tillotson
14 Fool #1 Johnny Tillotson
15 Hello Walls Johnny Tillotson
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    September 2018
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