Running Bear – Johnny Preston (1960)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Running Bear by Johnny Preston. The record was released in 1960, on the Mercury record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a running grizzly bear.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Johnny Preston, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Grizzly bears, American Indians or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Running Bear
Media Artist/s: Johnny Preston
Record Label: Track
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1960s
Genre: Rock / Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Additional information about this, Johnny Preston vinyl art.

Johnny Preston – The Artist/s

Johnny Preston (1939 – 2011) was an American pop singer, best known for his international number one hit in 1960, “Running Bear”.

Running Bear – The Song

‘Running Bear’ is a song written by Jiles Perry Richardson (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) and sung most famously by Johnny Preston in 1959.[1] The 1959 recording featured background vocals by Richardson, George Jones, and the session’s producer Bill Hall, who provided the “Indian chanting” of “uga-uga” during the three verses, as well as the “Indian war cries” at the start and end of the record. Richardson was a friend of Preston and offered “Running Bear” to him after hearing him perform in a club. The song tells the story of Running Bear, a “young Indian brave”, and Little White Dove, an “Indian maid”. The two are in love but are separated by two factors: Their tribes’ hatred of each other: their respective tribes are at war. A raging river: a physical separation but also as a metaphor for their cultural separation. The two, longing to be together, despite the obstacles and the risks posed by the river, dive into the raging river to unite. After sharing a passionate kiss, they are pulled down by the swift current and drown. The lyrics describe their fate: “Now they’ll always be together / In their happy hunting ground.”

The Grizzly Bear – The Shape

Modelled into the silhouette of a ta Grizzly Bear running. The grizzly bear, also known as the “North American brown bear” or simply grizzly, is a large population or subspecies of the brown bear inhabiting North America.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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