Country music singer, songwriter, and drummer Johnny Bush whose real name is John Bush Shinn III has passed away. Johnny Bush who is best known for his distinctive voice and as the writer of “Whiskey River”, a top-10 hit for himself and Willie Nelson’s signature song. He is still popular in his native Texas was reported to have died today October 16 2020. His cause of death was not made known to the public, though an official statement made on this Facebook page states that he died this afternoon surrounded by his family.
The statements read below:-
It is with a heavy heart that I make this post. Texas Country Music Hall of Famer, Country Music legend, nicknamed the Country Caruso, a friend to everyone in the music business, a friend to all of his fans, Johnny Bush passed away this afternoon surrounded by his family and some of his closest friends. Please keep the Bush family in your heart and prayers. A jewel of a man we have lost.
Tributes Floods Twitter
— Dave Thomas (@WilliePicnic) October 16, 2020
If I had hero in country music, it was this man. As the saying goes “A day without Johnny Bush is like a day without sunshine”. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/WEcPMjkhQQ
— Alexander (@MrAirForce2013) October 16, 2020
Never met a man with more class or voice than Johnny Bush. RIP pic.twitter.com/bxW55w5jTo
— Jake Worthington (@JDW_Music) October 16, 2020
Sad to hear Johnny Bush has passed away. Only met and photographed him once but he was so kind to me. Texas music legend. Ray Price’s sideman in the 60s. Wrote Willie’s “Whiskey River” pic.twitter.com/6d3iyStgLX
— Tom Dunning (@tdunning) October 16, 2020
Few Things You Need To Know About Johnny Bush
His birth name is John Bush Shinn III. Johnny Bush was born in the blue-collar neighbourhood of Kashmere Gardens in Houston, Texas, Bush listened to the western swing music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and the honky-tonk sounds of artists such as Ernest Tubb, Lefty Frizzell, and Hank Thompson.
Thanks to a disc jockey uncle, Bush got a taste for performance. In 1952, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he began solo career in area honky-tonks such as the Texas Star Inn, before switching to drums.
During this period, he earned his stage name, when an announcer mistakenly introduced him as “Johnny Bush”. As a drummer, he worked for bands such as the Mission City Playboys, the Texas Plainsmen, and the Texas Top Hands.