1979 Michael Johnson – This Night Won’t Last Forever
Michael Johnson grew up in the Denver area and began playing guitar and singing while in high school. He studied music in Colorado State College for two years. He left the program after winning a contract with Epic Records in a talent contest in the mid-sixties. He played in local clubs and college towns for a few years before moving to Spain in 1966. He studied guitar with classical guitar masters before returning to the US.
In 1967, Michael became a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio. John Denver was also a member of the group at that time, and they wrote some songs together. The group changed its name to Denver, Boise and Johnson before disbanding in 1969.
Michael worked backstage on a touring off-Broadway play before signing with ATCO Records in 1971. They released his first album in 1973. Two more albums followed on Sanskrit Records in 1975 and 1977.
A move to Nashville to work with new producers resulted in demos for two songs, Bluer Than Blue and Almost Like Being in Love. EMI Records signed Michael to a recording contract on the strength of those demos, and he recorded The Michael Johnson Album in 1978. Bluer Than Blue was the first single from the album, and it peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 that year. The single also reached the top of the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart.
Almost Like Being In Love got released next, but that single only reached #32. It fared better on the AC chart, where it peaked at #4.
Michael recorded another album the next year. The lead single was This Night Won’t Last Forever, which managed to reach #19 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the AC chart. That was Michael’s last top forty single on the Hot 100. One more single reached #86 on the Hot 100 in 1980, and three of his singles barely reached the top forty on the AC chart in 1980 and 1981.
Two more albums followed, but no singles Michael released reached the charts between 1982 and 1985. After that he signed with RCA and switched to Country music. From 1986 to 1988, he had seven top forty Country singles, including two that topped the Country chart.
Michael changed record labels a few more times, releasing additional new albums through 2012, but never had another hit record.
Michael died in 2017. He was only 72 years old.
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