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Terry Johnson


The longtime leader of doo wop legends the Flamingos, the multifaceted Terry Johnson also served being a Motown staff writer and producer through the label’s commercial and creative heyday. Delivered Isaiah Johnson in Baltimore on November 12, 1938, being a youngsters he counted the Orioles’ Sonny Til as well as the Swallows’ Earl Hurley among his neighbours, while long term Flamingos Jake and Zeke Carey had been users of his chapel choir. In 1954, Johnson teamed with four senior high school close friends because the R&B vocal group the Whispers, putting your signature on towards the Philadelphia-based Gotham Information for a set of 1955 singles, “Fool Center” and “ARE YOU CURRENTLY Sorry.” Johnson published, organized, and sang business lead on both information, and following the Whispers dissolved he became a member of the Flamingos in past due 1956, changing the military-bound Zeke Carey. Not merely did his beautiful tenor fit flawlessly using the Flamingos’ satiny harmonies and gossamer plans, but Johnson’s abilities like a composer and maker also proved crucial, and such strikes as “Enthusiasts Never State Goodbye,” “In the Prom,” “Heavenly Angel,” as well as the group’s personal classic, “I JUST HAVE Eyes for you personally,” are items of his behind-the-scenes wizardry. Amid innovative differences, Johnson still left the Flamingos in 1963, touring with an organization he initial dubbed the present day Flamingos, that your Atco label transformed to the Starglows upon launching their sole one, “Let’s Be Fans.” A season afterwards, Smokey Robinson recruited Johnson onto the personnel of Motown Information. He and Robinson had been regular collaborators within the years to check out, writing a BMI Prize for their tune “Baby, DO NOT Cry,” furthermore to composing and producing information for the Four Tops, the Temptations, as well as the Supremes. In 1969, Johnson released the solo disk “My Springtime,” the to begin three single singles on Motown’s Gordy subsidiary. The follow-up, “Whatcha Gonna Perform,” generated forget about interest than its forerunner, and after 1970’s “Rock Spirit Booster” (acknowledged to “Buzzie,” Johnson’s youth nickname), his tenure being a Motown action came to an in depth. He continued to be with the business until 1974 and resumed touring along with his very own Flamingos lineup, a business he helmed well in to the following century, building the group being a mainstay of nightclubs and doo wop bundle travels. In 2005 Johnson released a single LP, Still within the Pink, by himself TerryTree label.

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Profession Physician, Politician
Nationality English, British
Awards Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical
Music Groups The Flamingos
Music Songs I Only Have Eyes for You, Lovers Never Say Goodbye, A Kiss From Your Lips, I'll Be Home, Boogaloo Party, I Was Such a Fool, Mio Amore, Nobody Loves Me Like You, Would I Be Crying, Till the End of Time, Where or When, Jump Children, Goodnight Sweetheart, Golden Teardrops, I Know Better, Your Other Love, You, Me and the Sea, If I Can't Have You, That's My Desire, Dream of a Lifetime, Time Was, Whispering Stars, I'm in the Mood for Love, That Love Is You, Everytime I Think of You, Everybody's Got a Home, Music Maestro Please, My Memories of You, Think About Me, Dream Girl, I'm Yours, Beside You
Albums Flamingo Serenade, Complete Chess Masters, The Best of the Flamingos, The Best Of The Flamingos Vol 1
Nominations Virgin Atlantic Best New Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Mastercard Best New Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director, Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre, British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama
Movies The Man Who Lost His Head, Not Only But Always, Cor, Blimey!, Neville's Island, Insignificance, Jazzin' for Blue Jean, Way Upstream
TV Shows Not Only But Always

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1 He was awarded the 1982 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright for "Insignificance".
2 His play, "Hitchcock Blonde", performed at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court, was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Play of 2003.
3 His comedy, "Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick", was awarded the 1999 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy of the 1998 season.
4 He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1994 (1993 season) for Best Comedy for his play, "Hysteria".



Not Only But Always 2004 TV Movie
Cor, Blimey! 2000 TV Movie written by
The Bite 1996 TV Mini-Series
Ghosts TV Series script - 1 episode, 1995 screenplay - 1 episode, 1995
99-1 TV Series series devised by - 14 episodes, 1994 - 1995 written by - 7 episodes, 1994 - 1995
Way Upstream 1987 TV Movie
Absolute Beginners 1986 additional dialogue by
Summer Season 1985 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Insignificance 1985 screenplay
Jazzin' for Blue Jean 1984 Video short



The Man Who Lost His Head 2007 TV Movie
Not Only But Always 2004 TV Movie
Cor, Blimey! 2000 TV Movie
Neville's Island 1998 TV Movie
Ghosts 1995 TV Series 2 episodes
99-1 1994 TV Series 2 episodes
4 Play 1991 TV Series 1 episode
Made in Heaven 1990 TV Series 1 episode
Screen Two 1990 TV Series 1 episode
Way Upstream 1987 TV Movie



The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Direction of a Musical
Heroes of Comedy 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - Playwright

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2005 British Comedy Award British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy Drama Not Only But Always (2004) · Alison Jackson

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