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.
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.