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Bruce Arthur Johnston (born Benjamin Baldwin on June 27, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer best known as a member of The Beach Boys. He joined the band for live performances in 1965, but then became a contributing member within subsequent albums. Johnston is also known for his early 1960s collaborations with Terry Melcher under the names The Rip Chords and Bruce & Terry, and for composing the 1975 Barry Manilow song "I Write the Songs".

As a child Johnston was adopted by William and Irene Johnston of Chicago and grew up on the West side of Los Angeles in Brentwood and Bel-Air. His adoptive father was president of the Owl Rexall Drug Company in Los Angeles after moving from Walgreens in Chicago. Johnston attended the private Bel Air Town and Country School (later renamed John Thomas Dye School) in Los Angeles and studied classical piano in his early years.
In high school, Johnston switched to contemporary music. He performed in a few "beginning" bands during this time and then moved on to working with young musicians such as Sandy Nelson, Kim Fowley, and Phil Spector.[citation needed] Soon Johnston began backing people such as Ritchie Valens, the Everly Brothers, and Eddie Cochran.[citation needed] In 1959, while still in high school, Johnston arranged and played on his first hit record, "Teenbeat" by Sandy Nelson. The single reached the Billboard Top Ten. The same year, Johnston made his first single under his own name, "Take This Pearl" on Arwin Records (a record label owned by Doris Day) as part of the Bruce & Jerry duo (Jerry Cooper was a high school friend of Bruce's).[citation needed]
In 1960, Johnston started his record production career at Del-Fi Records, producing five singles and an album a?? Love You So a?? by Ron Holden (for good measure, all but two of the album's eleven tracks were written or co-written by Johnston).[citation needed] In 1962 and 1963, Johnston continued his recording career with a series of sur

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New ownership group for Napa Silverados' independent league professional baseball team

Commissioner Theo Fightmaster said the Northern California-based summer league, founded in 2013 and consisting of five teams, approved the sale of the Silverados from Bruce Johnston to the Napa ...
Posted: March 27, 2019, 4:39 pm

The Beach Boys Remember Dick Dale: 'He Was Part of a Whole Other Category'

When Beach Boy Bruce Johnston first shared the stage with him in the backup band Kip Tyler and the Flips, at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in 1959, he realized that even rock originals have ...
Posted: March 19, 2019, 8:56 am

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Former interior secretary Bruce Babbitt is 81. Beach Boys singer-musician Bruce Johnston is 77. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 70. Actress Julia Duffy is 68. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 64. ...
Posted: June 26, 2019, 2:32 pm
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