Singer and Songwriter Sammy Johns Dies

Singer and Songwriter Sammy Johns Dies

Gastonia : NC : USA | Jan 07, 2013 at 11:31 PM PST
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Seventies pop singer Sammy Johns died January 4 at the age of 66 at the Gaston County Hospital. No cause of death was given.

Johns was best known for his triple platinum one hit wonder “Chevy Van” in 1975. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Singles Chart. The song told the story of a guy and girl having a one night stand in the back of the guy’s van. He also had minor hits with “Early Morning Love” and “Rag Doll”.

Johns had a bit more success as a writer with the hits “Common Man”, “America”, and “Desperado Love” for such artists as Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Sammy Kershaw, and John Conlee.

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 7, 1946; Johns called himself a “conservative hippie”. John got his first guitar when he was nine and had a band called The Devilles when he was just a teen.

Johns is survived by a sister.

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