The year after I was born (and I know this dates me dramatically), a song was produced, telling the story of the ill-fated love of an Indian brave and his Indian maid. From some of my earliest memories, I can still hear how Running Bear loved Little White Dove. Friday’s announcem
ent that Johnny Preston had died in a Beaumont Hospital at age 71 brought those memories back. Preston – early in his career – took “Running Bear” all the way to number one in both the United States and England. It would be an understatement to say that the song – written by the Big Bopper – was a monster hit. Preston had other hits, but this was his defining song. He was honored to perform at the 50th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died,” when the Big Bopper died in a plane crash, along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Last year, Preston underwent heart bypass surgery. His son, Scott, said his father suffered lingering health problems this year. Johnny Preston’s funeral was this morning. He joins others from his generation of Viagra 50 mg Texas music legends. If there are others like me out there, Running Bear will still love Little White Dove
for years and years.
Posted by: Sam Moore