Johnston, Bob, 1938-

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Born Don W. Johnston in Hillsboro, Texas, in 1932, Robert "Bob" Johnston entered the music business in the 1950s as a songwriter and musician on demonstration records. As a staff producer for CBS Records in New York City, head of CBS in Nashville, and later as an independent producer, Johnston produced a string of gold and platinum albums, beginning in the mid-1960s. His major hits include Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and Nashville Skyline, Simon & Garfunkel's Sound of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin, and Leonard Cohen's Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate. Furthermore, he has worked with Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Lindisfarne, and Jimmy Cliff, to name a few. Johnston has also penned a number of songs and film scores over the years, including music for Kris Kristofferson's first film Cisco Pike, Robert Redford's Little Fauss and Big Halsy, and I Walk the Line, starring Gregory Peck. In addition to his musical work, Johnston co-produced and narrated the documentary The Other Side of Nashville, a portrait of the Music City from an insider's point of view. A founder of the World Children's Corporation in 1975, Johnston has engaged in charitable work devoted to the welfare of homeless and underprivileged children.

From the description of Johnston, Bob, collection, [ca. 1950s-1980s] (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 719596815

Born Don W. Johnston in Hillsboro, Texas, in 1932, Robert “Bob” Johnston entered the music business in the 1950s as a songwriter and musician on demonstration records. As a staff producer for CBS Records in New York City, head of CBS in Nashville, and later as an independent producer, Johnston produced a string of gold and platinum albums, beginning in the mid-1960s. His major hits include Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited and Nashville Skyline, Simon & Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin, and Leonard Cohen’s Songs from a Room and Songs of Love and Hate . Furthermore, he has worked with Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Lindisfarne, and Jimmy Cliff, to name a few. Johnston has also penned a number of songs and film scores over the years, including music for Kris Kristofferson’s first film Cisco Pike, Robert Redford’s Little Fauss and Big Halsy, and I Walk the Line, starring Gregory Peck. In addition to his musical work, Johnston co-produced and narrated the documentary The Other Side of Nashville, a portrait of the Music City from an insider’s point of view. A founder of the World Children’s Corporation in 1975, Johnston has engaged in charitable work devoted to the welfare of homeless and underprivileged children.

From the guide to the Johnston, Bob, collection 92-082., [ca. 1950s-1980s], (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

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Nashville (Tenn.)
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Nashville (Tenn.)
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Music
Popular music
Popular music
Sound recording executives and producers
Sound recording executives and producers
Sound recording industry
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