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Johnny Bush Country Music Artist Passes Away at 85
A Texas Popular Singer/Songwriter with 15 Albums
Saturday, October 17, 2020


Johnny Bush, Country Music Legend passed away on October 16, 2020 at age 85. Johnny was a country music singer, songwriter, drummer, guitar and fiddle player and his voice is compared to Legend Ray Price.

He is best known for his distinctive voice and is the writer for WHISKEY RIVER a top 10 hit for himself and Legend Willie Nelson's signature song.

Johnny was born in Houston, Texas.

In 1963, Bush joined Ray Price's band, the Cherokee Cowboys along with a young Willie Nelson and Darrell McCall. At one time he also played in Willie Nelson's band, the Record Men.

He recorded his first album in 1967, The Sound of a Heartache.

Johnny recorded and released 15 albums during his career and was still performing in 2019. His last album was in 2017 entitled, The Absolute Johnny Bush. This was a full-length album of new recordings including collaborations with Dale Watson and Reckless Kelly.

Some of his popular singles were: There Stands The Glass, Undo The Right, Woman (Sensuous Woman),Don't You Ever Get Tired, Talk To My Heart, You Gave Me a Mountain, Whiskey River, Farewell Party, You Ought To Hear Me Cry and many more.

He was a mentor figure to younger Texas musicians who revered the honky-tonk/hard core country sound that Bush has done so much to keep in the public eye.

In the late 1970's, he was diagnosed with a neurological disorder and started vocal and speech therapy and in 2002 received Botox injections to successfully restore his range and began his singing career again. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame by Willie Nelson.