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Johnston, Michael Ray (September 10, 1951 - June 1, 2016)



  • Existence: September 10, 1951 - June 1, 2016
  • Existence: 1951-09-10 - 2016-06-01


Michael Johnston was born Sept 10, 1951. He was a songwriter and a musician, proficient at multiple instruments. He started his musical career at age 13 with bands at school and then by age 17 was playing in the community. By age 19, he was working with Marvin Fremerman (Fremerman Follies) and was hired by Bernstein, Rein and Bozeman to create the radio spots for H. D. Lee Movin On. In addition, he also created other radio spots for Kitty Clover Potato Chips and Drive-In Movies.

Johnston also worked for about 20 years with Ted Anderson in several bands, including Company Car and Another Town, as well as Bill Barlow’s Duck Band. He and his wife, Rhonda Kaye Johnston, performed together all over the Kansas City region from 1998-2015 and specifically with the Pilgrim Chapel Gospel Music Icons.

Johnston died June 1, 2016, from cancer.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Michael Johnston Collection

Identifier: MS-0023
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of recordings by Kansas City area musician and songwriter, Michael Johnston. Included are audiotapes of original songs and radio spots from 1970s to 1980s.

Dates: 1972 - 1989