- Johnny Duncan (country music artist)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Johnny Duncan
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Johnny Richard Duncan
October 5, 1938
Died = death date and age|2006|08|14|1938|10|5
Years_active = 1970–2006
Associated_acts = [http://www.johnnyduncanmusic.com Johnny Duncan Music]
Duncan was born in
Dublin, Texas. Before he went to Nashville, Tennessee, Duncan attended TCU ( Texas Christian University) in Fort Worth, Texas. He then spent a few years in Clovis, New Mexico. He was a cousin of Dan Seals, who was also a major country performer.
Early life and influences
Duncan’s early life was steeped in West Texas music. He picked this up naturally as a boy listening to his mother play rhythm guitar in his uncle’s country band. Later, he began sharpening his vocal skills, influenced by his early idols
Eddy Arnold, Perry Como, Jim Reeves, and Frank Sinatra. Johnny was born into a musical family. He is very proud of his talented and famous cousins, including Eddie Seals, Jimmy Sealsof Seals & Croft, and country singer Dan Seals. "He knew when he was 12 years old that playing music and singing songs was going to be his life," said his wife, Connie Duncan, 54. [cite news |first=Associated |last= Press |url=http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/081606glduncanobit.24cdeed.html |title= Country singer Johnny Duncan dies |work=The Dallas Morning News |date=August 15, 2006]
"He grew up here in a small country town and loved music," Jim Harrell said. "His mother played herself and a lot of his cousins played with him." (Jim Harrell, owner and funeral director of Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin, which is handling arrangements for his services)His cousins became famous as well – Jimmy Seals of Seals & Crofts and country singer Dan Seals. [cite news |first=Associated |last= Press |url=http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/081606glduncanobit.24cdeed.html |title= Country singer Johnny Duncan dies |work=The Dallas Morning News |date=August 15, 2006]
After playing and singing with his musically-gifted family for a few years, he decided to move where the bigger action was—Nashville, Tennessee.
Duncan wrote many songs recorded by artists such as,
Charley Pride, Marty Robbins, Chet Atkins, Conway Twittyand Jim Ed Brown.
Franklin, Tennessee, Duncan worked as a DJand performed on local morning TVshows. He began to record for Columbia Recordsin the late 1960s.
Between 1967 and 1973, Duncan's recordings never reached the top 20 until "Sweet Country Woman" entered at number six.
Duncan performed duets with
Janie Frickein the 1970s, many of which were highly successful. Their songs "Stranger" and "Thinking of a Rendevous " (both 1976); "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better" (1977); and "Come A Little Bit Closer" (1978, a remake of the song first made popular by Jay and the Americans) were the most successful. In fact, "Thinking of a Rendevous" and "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better" both went No. 1 on the " Billboard magazine" Hot Country Singles chart, as did Duncan's solo 1978 single "She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed Anytime."
Duncan's string of Top 10 hits continued into 1979 - most notably a cover of
Johnny Rivers' "Swayin' to the Music" (released by Duncan as "Slow Dancing") and "The Lady in the Blue Mercedes" - and he even enjoyed another Top 20 hit with Fricke in 1980 with "She's Out of My Life." His star power faded in the early 1980s with changing musical tastes, although his biggest songs were popular country radio recurrents through the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Duncan died of a heart attack on
August 14, 2006, at the age of 67.
Duncan has three daughters with his first wife, Betty Deisher [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:gifoxql5ldae~T1 Johnny Duncan] at
Allmusic] and one son with wife Connie Duncan, who survives him.
* [http://www.johnnyduncanmusic.com Johnny Duncan Music]
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