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Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon

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Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon were a U.S. vocal soul group, prominent in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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Originally known simply as The Bandwagon, they were formed in 1967 and featured Artie Fullilove, Billy Bradley, Terry Lewis and lead singer Johnny Johnson (born Johnny Mathis (sic), 20 July 1944, Rochester, New York - d. 1979).
They had their first major UK hit in October 1968 with “Breakin’ Down the Walls of Heartache”, written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, on the Direction label, part of CBS, which reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.

In 1969 the group disbanded, and all subsequent releases were billed as Johnny Johnson and His Bandwagon. In effect, the act was basically Johnson plus additional vocalists, who were hired for recording, touring and TV performances. Because they had been so much more successful in Britain and Europe, they based themselves in London, with songwriter Tony Macaulay being primarily responsible for the next stage of their career. They had top ten hits with “Sweet Inspiration” (1970), and “(Blame It) On The Pony Express” (1970). The latter track was written by Macaulay, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.
Their recording career continued through the 1970s, with a 1971 LP Soul Survivor, produced by Macaulay, as well as subsequent, less successful singles that year including “Sally Put Your Red Shoes On” and a cover version of the Bob Dylan song, “Mr Tambourine Man”, on the Bell label.

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