Born: April 8, 1946 Tuscaloosa, AL

Pop, Rock Vocals Sanford/Townsend Band

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

johnny townsendJohnny is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Early on Johnny chose playing in an R&B band over medical school after his own group The Rubber Band started touring constantly behind several regional hits. One of those regional hits made it into the national spotlight and near the top of the charts when James and Bobby Purify released "Let Love Come Between Us", a song originally recorded by Johnny and The Rubber Band.

When the chance to move to Los Angeles came about, Johnny made the most of it. His first L.A. success was with the group Feather whose hit "Friends" kept Johnny working coast-to-coast for quite a while. His experience and success as a singer and songwriter eventually led him to join with his now long time collaborator, Ed Sanford, with whom he formed The Sanford / Townsend Band. Together they scored the self-penned smash hit, "Smoke From A Distant Fire" and toured the world for a decade behind it's success.

During his long and prolific music career, Johnny has appeared on stage with a multitude of music icons; Jimi Hendrix, The Doobie Brothers, Loggins and Messina, Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Fleetwood Mac, The Little River Band and a host of Southern Rock artists like; The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, Dickey Betts Great Southern, Sea Leavell and The Dixie Dreggs. During and after his days with the Sanford/Townsend Band, Johnny was an in demand studio vocalist and songwriter working with a background vocal trio of himself, Michael McDonald and Jackson Browne vocalist, Rosemary Butler. The trio's voices appeared on dozens of music albums during the 70s and 80s. Many of those were gold and platinum efforts. Johnny also co-wrote songs on gold and platinum albums with Loggins and Messina, Kenny Loggins first solo record, Gregg Allman's "Just Before The Bullets Fly" album, Larry Carlton's "Lightning Strikes Twice" album, and many others.

Johnny would later reunite with his long time friend Gregg Allman as part of Gregg Allman and Friends in the mid 90s. While playing with Gregg and Friends, Johnny was able to spend time with and get to know an old acquaintance from Great Southern, Danny Toler. They quickly became steadfast friends and song writing collaborators. Johnny and Dan spent most 2005 and 2006 working with several other Southern Rock legends The Renegades, whose members included the Marshall Tucker Band founder George McCorkle and Wet Willie bassist, Jack Hall. It was during their time with the Renegades that Johnny and Danny decided to get back to doing what they enjoyed the most and that was writing and performing their own music.

That eventually led to the recording of their first CD, titled "Toler-Townsend Band", just released in March, 2009 on Garage Door Records.


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Toler Townsend Band website


johnny townsend albums

Amazon: Smoke From A Distant Fire/Nail Me To The Wall and Duo Glide and Toler/Townsend Band

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