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Billy Johnson on Channel-5 Promotional Card, c.1957
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Billy Johnson Scrapbook
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June 3, 1943
Entertainer Enters Marine Training

William R. Johnson, Jr, 18, has arrived at Parris Island Marine Base for his basic training. While at home in Silverton,
 Bill was a well-known entertainer,
 singer and guitarist, also a soloist
 with the Withrow Minstrels.

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Billy Johnson Enters Marine Training, 6/4/1943
Billy Johnson with guitar, WMOH Hamilton, Ohio, 1947  (Photo provided by Billy Johnson. All rights reserved.)
"The young singing cowboy"
Billy Johnson with guitar,
WMOH Radio,
Hamilton, Ohio, 1947.

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 22-year-old
Billy Johnson posing
 for a publicity shot
 for WMOH Radio,
 Hamilton, Ohio, 1947.

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Billy Johnson posing for a publicity shot for WMOH Hamilton, Ohio, 1947  (Photo provided by Billy Johnson. All rights reserved.)
Billy Johnson Orchestra, 1947 (Photo courtesy of Billy Johnson, All Rights Reserved) "The Billy Johnson Orchestra" (shown here with ten-pieces, a female vocalist and Billy... all dressed in black) was quite popular.

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A new "Billy Johnson Orchestra" (shown here with six-pieces, a different female vocalist and Billy on guitar... all dressed up in white) performed in and around Washington, DC during the 1950s.

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Billy Johnson Orchestra, 1950s (Photo by Anton, Courtesy of Billy Johnson, All Rights Reserved)
Billy Johnson as "Jerry Evans" on WKRC Radios' Amber Room show (Provided By Billy Johnson. All rights reserved.)
Billy performed on WKRC Radio's "Amber Room"... daily at 5:15p.m.
under the name "Jerry Evans",
along with the Wiegand Trio.

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  WKRC Radio's
 "Amber Room" show
 was sponsored by
 Wiedemann's Beer.

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WKRC Radio's Amber Room show was sponsored by Wiedemann's Beer (Provided By Billy Johnson. All rights reserved.)
Arnie Recore, Billy Johnson and Neil Van Ells (l. to r.) of "Pauper's Playhouse" WLW-D TV 1949-50
In 1949, Billy joined Dayton's WLW-D TV in a 1-hour nightly show, Pauper‘s Penthouse, also fed to AVCO affiliates in Columbus, Oh., and Indianapolis, In.
Shown (l. to r.) are Arnie Recore, Billy, and Neil Van Ells (who would later become a V.P. for NBC). The photo was shot by a fan off their TV screen.

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Also while appearing on WLW-D,
 Billy co-hosted his first kid's TV show, known as "Summer Pow-Wow"
 (with Hank Stohl as "Chief Miami").
This day's guest was Milton Caniff, cartoonist of "Terry & The Pirates"
 with an audience of Camp Fire Girls.

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Billy co-hosted "Summer Pow-Wow" (with Hank Stohl as "Chief Miami") Guest is Milt Canniff, cartoonist
Washington Post, May 7, 1953 Photo (Provided By Billy Johnson. All rights reserved.)
After serving again in active duty with the Marines during the Korean Conflict, Billy would move to DC to star in his own kid's morning TV show on WTOP-9. As this photo from the May 7, 1953 Post of a personal appearance would validate, Billy was a big hit with his audience.

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From 1953 through the mid-'50s, Billy would also use his powers of positive persuasion with kids in a series of
 
Fire Prevention radio programs for
 
the U.S. Forest Service, to be aired all around the country. His co-host, Smokey Bear, was voiced by Jackson Weaver.

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Leaflet describing Billy's Fire Prevention radio programs . All rights reserved.)
 September 1st, 1953 Washington Post photo
On September 1st, 1953, Billy's  popularity led to a Washington Post story about his family. In the photo at left, "Boopie", age 2, (aka Billy the 3rd)
enjoys breakfast with his dad.

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In that same Washington Post article, sister "Tita", age 5, (aka Teresa) joins her brother "Boopie" at the table
 for a delicious bowl of cereal.

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September 1st, 1953 Washington Post photo 
 Teresa Johnson meets V.P. Nixon, c. 1955 (Photo provided by Billy Johnson, All Rights Reserved) Around 1955, Teresa Johnson, right, (with best friend Vicky Hammer) joined her dad for the National Press Club Father and Daughter Banquet which featured then V.P. Richard Nixon as the Guest Speaker.

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 Watch For More Photos From
 Billy Johnson's Scrapbook Soon!

  to be continued...

Billy Johnson Can Also Be Found
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Billy Johnson Promotional Card, WTOP-TV
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Billy Johnson, ill from heart problems,
 died
at age 81 on Christmas Day 2006
 in the presence of his loving family.

Photos and articles courtesy of Billy Johnson. All rights reserved.


 
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