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Preston, Johnny

Real name John Preston Courville. Born 1930 in Port Arthur, Texas. Died in 2011.

References:

  • Article in issue 73 (1989) of Now Dig This.
  • Article in issue 165 (1996) of Now Dig This.

Original Releases

Discography is intended to be complete through 1964

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1959/July 6
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71474X45
Auction history
No rating Label shot Running Bear — Johnny Preston YW17440 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#2)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#1)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#1)
Bullet Cosmopolitan Music CD 605 (#1)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#1)
Bullet Fed CD 11 (#16)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#1)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#3)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#12)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#12)
    No rating Label shot My Heart Knows — Johnny Preston YW17439 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#5)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#2)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#11)
 
 
Mercury (Ill.) EP-1-3397  Cover shot
Johnny Preston [mono]
Auction history
No rating Label shot Running Bear — Johnny Preston 17440-17439  
    No rating My Heart Knows — Johnny Preston 17440-17439  
    No rating Label shot Cradle Of Love — Johnny Preston 19745-19748  
    No rating City Of Tears — Johnny Preston    
1960/Feb. 29
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71598X45 Cover shot
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Cradle Of Love — Johnny Preston YW19745 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#3)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#3)
Bullet Century CD [3] (#5)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#2)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#3)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#2)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#5)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#1)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#1)
    Non-pertinent Label shot City Of Tears — Johnny Preston YW19748 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#21)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#4)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#21)
1960/June 6
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71651X45 Cover shot
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Feel So Fine — Johnny Preston YW18981 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#18)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#2)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#5)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#3)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#5)
Bullet Fed CD 11 (#17)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#3)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#2)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#5)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#5)
    Non-pertinent Label shot Song sample I'm Starting To Go Steady — Johnny Preston YW18996 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#22)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#24)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#6)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#9)
1960/Oct. 3
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71691  Cover shot
Auction history
No rating Label shot Song sample Up In The Air — Johnny Preston YW20173 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#15)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#11)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#8)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#16)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#18)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#18)
    No rating Label shot Song sample Charming Billy — Johnny Preston YW20174 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#1)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#1)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#7)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#5)
Bullet Cosmopolitan Music CD 605 (#2)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#2)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#4)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#8)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#2)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#2)
1960/Nov. 21
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71728 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample ( I Want A) Rock And Roll Guitar — Johnny Preston YW21453 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#10)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#16)
Bullet Big Tone CD 6000 (#10)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55095 (#21)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#9)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#9)
Bullet Jan/Star Club LP 8038 (#9)
Bullet Redita [1st series] LP 112 (#1)
Bullet Redita [2nd series] LP 112 (#1)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#7)
Bullet Zomboco CD 6 (#15)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#17)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#17)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample New Baby For Christmas — Johnny Preston YW21442 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#20)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#22)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55095 (#28)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#10)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#18)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#6)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#12)
1961/Jan. 9
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71761  Cover shot
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Leave My Kitten Alone — Johnny Preston YW21446 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#8)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#3)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#11)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#4)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#4)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#5)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#10)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#6)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#6)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Token Of Love — Johnny Preston YW21443 Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#32)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#12)
1961/Apr. 17
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71803 
Auction history
No rating Label shot Song sample Willy Walk — Johnny Preston YW21507 Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#14)
    No rating Label shot Song sample I Feel Good — Johnny Preston YW21586 Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#18)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#13)
1961/Aug. 28
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71865  Cover shot
Auction history
No rating Song sample She Once Belonged To Me — Johnny Preston YW21011 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#19)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#23)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#15)
    No rating Label shot Song sample Let Them Talk — Johnny Preston YW21013 Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#19)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#16)
1961/Dec. 4
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71908  Cover shot
Auction history
No rating Label shot Kissin' Tree — Johnny Preston / Arranged & Conducted By Stan Applebaum YW23017 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#16)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#18)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#10)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#9)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#22)
    No rating Label shot Free Me — Johnny Preston YW23019 Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#17)
1962/Apr. 21
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  71951  Cover shot
Auction history
No rating Label shot Let's Leave It That Way — Johnny Preston / Arranged & Conducted By Stan Applebaum YW23018 Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#20)
    No rating Broken Hearts Anonymous — Johnny Preston YW23016 Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#27)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#19)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#10)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#17)
1962/Oct. 20
Bb pop rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  72049 
Auction history
No rating Label shot Song sample Let The Big Boss Man (Pull You Through) — Johnny Preston With The Merry Melody Singers And The Jerry Kennedy Orch. YW22164 Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#21)
    No rating Label shot Song sample Day After Forever — Johnny Preston With The Merry Melody Singers And The Jerry Kennedy Orch. YW22163 Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#22)
1963/Feb. 23
Bb pop rev.
Imperial (Calif.)  5924 
Auction history
Borderline Song sample This Little Bitty Tear (It's Gonna Dry) — Johnny Preston IM-5472 Bullet Yeaah! CD 507 (#13)
    No rating The Day The World Stood Still — Johnny Preston IM-5473  
1964/May 2
Bb hot rev.
Hall-Way (Texas) 45-1201 
Auction history
No rating Label shot All Around The World — Johnny Preston H-1201A Bullet Demand LP 005 (#10)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#20)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#20)
    No rating Label shot Just Plain Hurt — Johnny Preston H-1201B  
1964/Sept.
(Bb est.)
Hall-Way (Texas) 45-1204 
Auction history
No rating Label shot Willie And The Hand Jive — Johnny Preston H-1204-A Bullet Demand LP 005 (#11)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#21)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#21)
    No rating Label shot I've Got My Eyes On You — Johnny Preston H-1204-B Bullet Demand LP 005 (#13)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#19)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#19)
Original LPs
1961
on label or cover
Mercury (Ill.) MG-20592  Cover shot
Running Bear [mono]
Auction history
No rating Running Bear — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Song sample What Am I Living For — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#28)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#23)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#15)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#15)
    No rating Song sample Earth Angel — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#31)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#24)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#10)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#10)
    No rating Song sample Guardian Angel — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#33)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#25)
    No rating Song sample Hearts Of Stone — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#11)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#7)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#26)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#12)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#4)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#14)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#14)
    No rating Song sample Chief Heartbreak — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#4)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#9)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#27)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#6)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#7)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 098 (#44)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#11)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#13)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#13)
    No rating Song sample The Twist — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#10)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#28)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#8)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#22)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#22)
    No rating Song sample You'll Never Walk Alone — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#25)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#27)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#29)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#15)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#16)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#16)
    No rating Song sample Pretend — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#26)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#30)
    No rating Song sample Danny Boy — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#26)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#34)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#31)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#9)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#11)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#11)
    No rating Song sample Dream — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#23)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#17)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#32)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#19)
    No rating Madre De Dios (Mother Of God) — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#24)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#25)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#33)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#13)
1961
on label or cover
Mercury (Ill.) SR-60250  Cover shot
Running Bear [stereo]
Auction history
No rating Label shot Running Bear [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 1  
    No rating What Am I Living For [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 1  
    Borderline Earth Angel [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 1  
    No rating Guardian Angel [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 1  
    No rating Hearts Of Stone [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 1  
    No rating Chief Heartbreak [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 1  
    No rating Label shot The Twist [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 2  
    No rating You'll Never Walk Alone [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 2  
    No rating Pretend [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 2  
    No rating Danny Boy [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 2  
    No rating Dream [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 2  
    No rating Madre De Dios (Mother Of God) [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston 2  
1961
on label or cover
Mercury (Ill.) MG-20609 
Come Rock With Me [mono]
Auction history
No rating Charming Billy — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Song sample Just Little Boy Blue — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#7)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#6)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#34)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#13)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#16)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#8)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#16)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#3)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#3)
    No rating Song sample That's All I Want — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#6)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#5)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#35)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#8)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#12)
Bullet Stardust CD 5001 (#7)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#6)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#4)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#4)
    No rating Song sample The Angels Gave You To Me — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#4)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#36)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#14)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#9)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#9)
    No rating Token Of Love — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Feel So Good (Feel So Fine) — Johnny Preston   Bullet Alley Music CD 002 (#28)
    No rating Leave My Kitten Alone — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Song sample Sitting Here Crying — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#9)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#15)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#39)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#14)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#15)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#20)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#7)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#7)
    No rating Song sample Do What You Did — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#12)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#13)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#40)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#7)
Bullet Demand LP 005 (#6)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#1)
Bullet [SR?] LP 60609 (#8)
Bullet [ST?] LP 60609 (#8)
    No rating Song sample Please Believe Me — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#29)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#37)
    No rating Cradle Of Love — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Song sample My Imagination — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#30)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#38)
1961
on label or cover
Mercury (Ill.) SR-60609  Cover shot
Come Rock With Me [stereo]
Auction history
No rating Label shot Charming Billy [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Just Little Boy Blue [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating That's All I Want [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating The Angels Gave You To Me [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Token Of Love [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Feel So Good (Feel So Fine) [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Label shot Leave My Kitten Alone [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Sitting Here Crying [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Do What You Did [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Please Believe Me [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating Cradle Of Love [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
    No rating My Imagination [stereo vers.] — Johnny Preston    
Unissued Tracks
 
 
Mercury (Ill.)  uniss.  No rating Song sample Chosen Few — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#14)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#8)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#44)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#15)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#14)
    No rating Song sample Four Letter Word — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#17)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#12)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#42)
Bullet Collectables CD 5558 (#17)
Bullet Stomper Time CD 6 (#18)
    No rating Song sample I Played Around With My Love — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 15473 (#13)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#21)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#43)
    No rating Kissin' Tree [alt. vers.] — Johnny Preston   Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#41)
    No rating Song sample Lucky In Love — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#20)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#46)
    No rating Song sample Over And Over — Johnny Preston   Bullet Bear Family CD 16234 (#14)
Bullet Castle Music CD 605 (#45)

Notes:


Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1975Redita [1st series] (Netherlands) 112LPI Want A Rock & Roll Guitar
1980Redita [2nd series] (Netherlands) 112LPI Want A Rock & Roll Guitar
1986Demand DS 005LPCome Rock With Me / Johnny Preston
1988[SR?] SR 60609LPCome Rock With Me / Johnny Preston
1989Bear Family (Germany) BCD 15473CDRunning Bear / Johnny Preston
Jan/Star Club (Sweden) 33- 8038LPRock And Roll Christmas
1991[ST?] ST 60609LPCome Rock With Me / Johnny Preston
1992Stardust CD 5001CDAll Time Greatest Hits Of Johnny Preston
1996Stomper Time (England) STCD 6CDThe Best Of Johnny Preston
1998Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16234CDCharming Billy / Johnny Preston
2000Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55095CDRockabilly Xmas
2002Castle Music (England) CMEDD 605CDFeel So Fine: The Mercury Recordings, 1959-1962 / Johnny Preston
2011Fantastic Voyage (England) FVTD 098CDSassy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of Nashville Rock & Roll
year?Alley Music AMCD- 002CDSwing, Jive, & Stroll
Big Tone BTCD 6000CDMercury Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 1
Century (Canada) [3]CDRockabilly Baby
Collectables (United States) COL- 5558CDRunning Bear / Johnny Preston
Cosmopolitan Music 605CDGreat Shakin' Fever
Fed (Norway) 11CDThe Fed Story, Vol. 11
Yeaah! CD 507CDTeen Town USA, Vol. 7
Zomboco (United States) 6CDReal Rare Rockabilly, Vol. 6


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