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Country singer Sammy Johns dies at 66

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Country singer Sammy Johns has passed away at the age of 66. He died of unknown causes in Gaston, N.C., on Friday.

Born in Charlotte, Johns began playing the guitar when he was only nine and he later formed his own band, the Devilles. He landed a recording contract in 1973 and scored a hit with "Chevy Van," which went on to sell in excess of three million copies. The tune has since been called "The Song of the Seventies" by Rolling Stone magazine.

Bing: Listen to 'Chevy Van'

He also wrote popular track "America" for Waylon Jennings, "Desperado Love" for Conway Twitty and "Common Man" for John Conlee.

Johns released his last album, "Honky Tonk Moon," in 2000. He is to be remembered during a funeral service in Belmont on Wednesday.

Jan 9, 2013 2:57AM
I loved this song when it came out.. I was dating a young man who happened to own a Chevy Van.. good times indeed! The good, simpler music of the 70's is cherished most by those who experienced  first hand..

RIP Sammy Johns. Thanks for the memory.

Jan 9, 2013 1:43AM
I can't say I remember the song. Having a collection of 1100 albums, you would think I knew it. Musta not been played on AOR radio.
Jan 9, 2013 12:54AM
Another Baby Boomer bites the dust. Has anyone noticed how young we are dying?

Jan 9, 2013 12:44AM

Condolences to Mr. Johns family. "Chevy Van" was a wonderful anecdote of the lives of many young people in the seventies. I miss those simple days.

Jan 9, 2013 12:02AM
Isn't it funny how this song immediately takes you back to your childhood and whatever you were doing at the time. For me I would've been water skiing at a lake on a State Park where we lived. I wish I could go back there......
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