Johnny’s recording career spans 5 decades. He has 6 #1 international hits and hundreds of charted records worldwide. He has 10 top 10 hits and 16 top 40 Hits on the Billboard charts in the USA alone. His records have charted 48 times on Billboard’s Pop, Country, Adult Contemporary and Album charts. This accomplishment makes Johnny one of the top 100 recording artists of the Rock Era. Some of his biggest records include “Poetry In Motion”, “Without You”, “Talk Back Trembling Lips,” “It Keeps Right On A Hurtin,” “Send Me The Pillow You Dream On,” “You Can Never Stop Me Loving You,” “She Understands Me,” “Worry,” “Dreamy Eyes,” “Heartaches By The Number,” and many more.
2 Time Grammy Nominee
1962 - Best Country and Western Recording - “It Keeps Right On A Hurtin" 1965 - Best Contemporary Vocal Performance Male - “Heartaches By The Number
Johnny is credited as one of the forerunners in making Country Music popular in the Pop field along with Ray Charles and was one of the first cross over artists.
His composition “It Keeps Right On A Hurtin” has been recorded by over 110 artists, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, Billy Joe Royal, Hank Locklin, Sonny James, Boots Randolph and many more to numerous to mention here.
In addition to the US releases Johnny has had hits in many countries around the world including, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Israel, Chile, Argentina, Barbados, to name a just a few. And as mentioned earlier, Johnny has had hits and #1 records distinguished from his US releases. Including “Judy, Judy, Judy,” , “Cutie Pie,” “ Why Do I Love You So” and in Japan he had several #1 hits “Namida Kun Sayonara”, “You and Me” among others hits in both the English and the Japanese language. He recorded in 5 Languages: English - Spanish - Italian - German - Japanese. He is the recipient of the prestigious Mt. Fuji award for outstanding sales.
Johnny recorded the theme song to the popular TV Series “Gidget” starring Sally Field. He recorded the song “Angel” for the Disney movie “Those Calloways” starring Brian Keith and Linda Evans. His song of “Dreamy Eyes” appeared in the Australian film “Tunnel Vision.” His recording “You’ve Got the Touch” appeared in the movie “Tough Enough” starring Dennis Quaid. Johnny’s songs “Poetry In Motion,” “Cutie Pie,” “One Red Rose” and his version of “All I Have To Do Is Dream” have appeared on various TV programs, in commercials and in movie fare around the world. His recording of “Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On” was featured in the 2006 TV series “Daybreak,” and “Our World” appeared in the “Milk and Honey” episode of Mad Men’s 7th season in 2015.
Johnny has been honored to be inducted into “America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame” 2014 ,the “Florida Artist Hall of Fame” 2011, the “Hit Parade Hall of Fame” 2008, and given the “Brand Laureate International Legendary Award” 2014. He was also very honored to be made an Alumnus of Distinction by the University of Florida , University of Florida Hall Of Fame.