Archive for Johnny Preston

Johnny Preston, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , , on March 6, 2011 by 30daysout

Johnny Preston Courville, who sang the No. 1 hit “Running Bear” and a protege of the Big Bopper, died Friday at the age of 71. Courville hit it big in 1960 with “Running Bear,” about a brave whose girlfriend lived on the opposite bank of a river. The novelty hit was written by J.P. Richardson, otherwise known as the Big Bopper.

As Johnny Preston, he would re-enter the Top 10 with a followup, “Cradle Of Love.” Courville lived all of his life in and around Port Arthur, Texas, and was a popular figure in that area’s rock revival shows. He was always a humble, self-effacing dude and was eternally grateful for his short-lived shot at the big time.

Story on Johnny Preston from KFDM-TV in Beaumont, Texas

MP3: “Running Bear”

MP3: “Cradle Of Love”

Let’s Rock Christmas, Shall We?

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2009 by 30daysout

Screw the office Christmas party … pour some rum into the egg nog, rip off your clothes and rock out!  Shall we?

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by Bruce Springsteen and Friends

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “The Christmas Boogie” by Toni Price

MP3: “She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Call Me For Christmas” by Gary U.S. Bonds

MP3: “I Want A Rock and Roll Guitar” by Johnny Preston

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “(I) Deck the Halls” by Los Straitjackets

MP3: “Frosty’s Beach Party” by the Barbary Coasters

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by the Uniques

MP3: “Hang Your Balls On The Christmas Tree” by Kay Martin & Her Body Guards

MP3: “Santa’s Sack” by the Diaboliks

MP3: “(Baby I Want To) Trim Your Tree” by Jimmy Butler

MP3: “Winter Wonderland” by Steve Goodman

MP3: “Christmas Rappin’ ” by Kurtis Blow

MP3: “Xmas Eve (She Got Up and Left Me)” by Rancid

MP3: “Dragnet” radio episode: “The Big .22 Rifle For Christmas” (1952)

MP3: “Silent Night” by Robin Gibb

MP3: “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” by George Harrison

MP3: “Sleigh Ride” by the Ventures

And check this out: the Chrisfits, turning songs by the Misfits into Christmas songs!