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. 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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