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Johnny Tillotson

"Johnny Tillotson" (born April 20, 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida; raised in Palatka, Florida) is an American singer and songwriter.

While still in high school, Tillotson was making records and performing on stage, and as a student at the University of Florida he had his own musical variety show on regional television. Following graduation in 1959 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications, he signed with Cadence Records and moved to New York City to pursue his music career. In 1960 he recorded his first hit, a composition titled "Poetry In Motion" (written by Anthony/Kaufman), that went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music charts in the USA and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

A "crossover" artist, several of Tillotson's songs were successful on both the country music charts and pop charts. He earned a Grammy Award nomination for another of his own compositions, "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin", and also for the song "Heartaches By The Number", nominated for Best Vocal Performance of 1965. He also appeared in the 1963 film ''Just For Fun'', and sang the theme song for the 1965 Sally Field television comedy, ''Gidget''.

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