Monday, January 07, 2013

Sammy Johns, 1947-2013: R.I.P.

The singer of the iconic 1970's hit song Chevy Van.

Sammy Johns’ song about a chance encounter with a girl sat on the shelves of a record company for nearly two years before being released in 1975.

That song, “Chevy Van,” went on to sell 3 million copies and was called “The Song of the Seventies” by Rolling Stone magazine. It reached No. 5 on the charts in the United States and Canada.

Johns, who was born in Charlotte but spent most of his life in Gaston County, died Friday at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was 66.

Sammy Johns.

Boy, that was a beach song of my youth. Daytona Beach in those days. Good times.


Old NFO said...

Yep, and a one hit wonder, but what a hit! RIP Sammy, they're STILL playing your song!

mizdeb said...

I was 15 when this song came out! Seems like such an innocent time now.