Bruce Johnston facts: Beach Boys singer's age, wife, children and career revealed

28 May 2024, 11:45

Bruce Johnston in 2024
Bruce Johnston in 2024. Picture: Getty

By Tom Owen

Bruce Johnston, the multifaceted singer and songwriter best known for his work with the iconic Beach Boys, has had a storied career that spans several decades.

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Bruce Johnston’s musical journey began at a young age. His talent and passion for music quickly propelled him into the industry, where he would leave a lasting mark.

Joining the Beach Boys in 1965, Johnston contributed significantly to the band’s success, bringing his unique vocal harmonies and songwriting prowess to their legendary sound.

Beyond his time with the Beach Boys, Johnston’s career includes solo projects, collaborations with other notable artists, and a legacy of hits that continue to resonate with fans around the world.

  1. How old is Bruce Johnston?

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    Bruce Johnston was born on June 27, 1942, in Peoria, Illinois. He celebrated his 81st birthday in 2023.

    His birth name was Benjamin Baldwin, but he was adopted by parents William and Irene, who renamed him Bruce Arthur Johnston.

  2. When did he join the Beach Boys?

    Beach Boys in 1987 (L-R Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine)
    Beach Boys in 1987 (L-R Carl Wilson, Bruce Johnston, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine). Picture: Getty

    Bruce Johnston's start in music can be traced back to his teenage years when he began performing and recording.

    He grew up in a musically inclined environment, learning to play piano and guitar at a young age. His first significant break came in the late 1950s when he started working with various artists and producers in the Los Angeles area.

    Johnston's talent caught the attention of notable figures in the music industry, leading to opportunities to work as a session musician and arranger.

    In 1960, Johnston released a single and formed a duo called Bruce & Terry with fellow musician Terry Melcher (Doris Day's son). The duo had some success, which helped Johnston establish himself as a credible artist.

    His big break came in 1965 when he joined the Beach Boys, replacing Glen Campbell, who had been touring with the band temporarily.

    He joined the classic lineup of Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine.

    Johnston's contributions to the Beach Boys included his vocal harmonies, instrumental prowess, and songwriting skills, significantly impacting the band's sound and success.

  3. What else is Bruce Johnston known for?

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    Bruce Johnston wrote the Grammy Award-winning song ‘I Write the Songs,’ which became a massive hit for Barry Manilow in 1975. The song is one of his most famous compositions and showcases his talent as a songwriter.

    Johnston has released solo albums, including Going Public in 1977, which features his songwriting and vocal talents.

    Johnston has collaborated with numerous artists throughout his career, both as a performer and a songwriter. He has worked with Elton John, Pink Floyd, and many others, contributing his musical expertise to a wide range of projects.

    Bruce Johnston is also one of the producers of The Weeknd's album Dawn FM, in which he wrote and co-produced 'Here We Go... Again' featuring rapper Tyler, the Creator.

  4. Is Bruce Johnston married and does he have kids?

    Yes, Bruce Johnston is married.

    He has been married to Harriet Johnston since 1976. The couple has four sons: Ozzie, Justin, Ryan, and Max Johnston.