1962 Johnny Tillotson – Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
Johnny Tillotson was born in Jacksonville and grew up in Northeastern Florida. While in high school, he began singing on local television shows. He competed in a singing contest in Nashville and his performance led to a three-year contract with Cadence Records. His first single for the company became a song he wrote himself, Dreamy Eyes. The single peaked at only #67 on the Hot 100 in 1958.
Johnny had similar results with a handful of singles over the next few years, but then reached #2 on the Hot 100 in 1960 with his single Poetry In Motion. The backing musicians in Nashville included Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer, and Floyd “Lightning” Chance.
Johnny had a series of successful singles over the next five years. A reissue of Dreamy Eyes even reached #35 on the Hot 100 in 1962.
Country singer Hank Locklin wrote and first recorded Send Me The Pillow You Dream On in 1949. The first two times he recorded and released the song it did poorly, but his third effort in 1957 reached #5 on the US Country chart. The single also reached the pop charts, but it was a little too Country for most pop stations; as a result, the single only reached and #77 on the Hot 100.
Johnny covered Hank’s song in 1962. His single peaked at #17 on the Hot 100, #11 on the Country charts, and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The single even reached #21 in the UK, making it Johnny’s second most successful record there.
They inducted Johnny into the America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
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