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Johnny Tillotson (born 20 April 1938 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA) is an American singer and songwriter. He enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s, when he scored 9 top-ten hits on the pop, country and adult contemporary billboard charts including "Poetry In Motion" and the self-penned "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'".Read More...
In 1957 while still in high school, Tillotson was making records and performing on stage; 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 entitled "Poetry in Motion" (written by Anthony/Kaufman), that went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and #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".
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Tillotson has recorded 26 singles that made it onto Billboard's charts, and performed at venues across the United States and other places around the globe.
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- LyricsPoetry in motion, walking by my side
Her lovely locomotion keeps my eyes open wide
Poetry in motion, see her gentle sway
All waves out in the ocean could never move that way
I love every movement, there's nothing I would change
- It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' - 43,357 plays
- LyricsTalk back trembling lips
Shaky legs don't just stand there
Don't let her know that
She's getting through to to you
Talk back trembling lips
- You're The Reason - 19,104 plays
- LyricsTrue true happiness will folow
True true happiness will folow if you'll only follow
True true happiness will folow if you'll only follow me yeah yeah
When you're feeling lost inside let my true love be your guide
True true happiness will follow if you'll only follow me yeah
- Without You - 13,391 plays
- Send Me the Pillow You Dream On - 11,723 plays
- Cutie Pie - 7,087 plays
- Raining In My Heart - 6,672 plays
- Judy, Judy, Judy - 5,707 plays