Johnny Tillotson is a famous American singer and songwriter.  He has been very successful in the early 1960s. 

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Full NameJohnny Tillotson
Date of BirthApril 20, 1938
Birth PlaceJacksonville, Florida, United States.
Parent(s)Doris and Jack Tillotson
OccupationSinger and Songwriter
SpouseNancy Tillotson
Net Worth $1-5 Million


Where was Johnny born and raised?

Johnny Tillotson was born on April 20, 1938, in Jacksonville, Florida, united states. He was the son of Doris and Jack Tillotson. They owned a small service station on the corner of 6th and pearl in Jacksonville and worked as the station’s mechanic. His father was also a country music disc jockey. Tillotson is still alive and has celebrated his 85 birthday this April 20.


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Johnny was sent to take care of his grandmother to Palatka, Florida, at the age of nine and returned to his home only in the summer to be with his parents. When he visited his house, his brother Dan would go to take care of his grandmother.

He used to perform in functions at his early age by the time he was in high school he had already built his reputation as a talented singer.


Physical Stats

Johnny Tillotson’s height is 6 feet 1 inch tall. He has white skin and brown colored eyes. His astrological symbol is the Bull. 


Education Qualification

Johnny Tillotson went to Palatka senior high school and enrolled at the University of Florida. He then graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and communications.


How did Tillotson start his Career?

Johnny Tillotson got his first job as a singer on his father’s radio station. He was still a child at that time. He was primarily interested in country music. His first inspiration was famous singer Elvis Presley who performed in Jacksonville on May 13, 1955, after he turned 14. The radio channel even led him to have his own program on local TV shows. 

He then gave an audition for a national talent contest sponsored by pet milk. He was selected and also chosen as one of the sixth finalists. The finalist was taken to Nashville where the final judging took place. He didn’t win the contest but was recognized by a publisher and got a tape of them to Archie Bleyer. Archie Bleyer is the owner of the independent Cadence Records label and home to the Everly Brothers and Andy Williams. 

Then Tillotson has signed a three-year contract and in September 1958, Tillotson issued his first single. Although his single failed at first he gained success through his sixth single named “poetry in motion” which was released in September 1960.


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Poetry in motion became number two in November 1960 in the U.K and hit number 1 in January 1961. After that johnny still recorded and focused on his recording career. He appeared in teen magazines. He released various songs after that but none of them could hit number 1. Then he released his most super hit song “it keeps right on a-Hurtin” which was inspired by the terminal illness of his father. This song became his first country chart hit and also earned Grammy award nomination. This song was also covered by his inspiration Elvis Presley. 

Tillotson has recorded several Christmas songs for charity with Freddy Cannon and Brian Hyland for the Children’s Miracle Network which was produced by Michael Llyod.

He remained in shadow for a decade then released a single “Not Enough” in 2010 which was his tribute to the military, police, fire, and all the uniformed personnel of the United States.

On 2011 March 23, Tillotson was awarded the highest honor the state of Florida bestows on an artist, Florida Artists Hall of Fame.



Johnny Tillotson is married to Nancy Tillotson. The couple has always kept their relationship private but they are still together and are living happily.

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Net Worth

Johnny Tillotson’s net worth is between  $1-5 Million. His source of income is singing and songs he releases.


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