Johnston died peacefully at a hospice facility in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 14 at the age of 83. He was born on May 14, 1932, in Hillsboro, Texas.
As a young man, Johnston grew up within a family of music lovers and dove into songwriting full time after returning home from a stint in the Navy. During the ’60s, he began working as a producer while still writing songs, including 16 tracks that were featured in films starring Elvis Presley.
Johnston later moved to New York and began working as a producer for Columbia Records, where he pushed the label to record Johnny Cash’s live albums at Folsom Prison and San Quentin. He went on to produce legendary releases from Simon and Garfunkel, Flatt & Scruggs, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Eventually, Johnston moved to Nashville and developed professional relationships with local players, including Charlie Daniels.
Johnston played a large role in bringing Bob Dylan to Nashville, where he recorded with the famous session players, the Nashville Cats. Together, they created some of Dylan’s most critically-acclaimed albums, including Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline.
In his later years, Johnston chose to work as an independent producer. Most notably, he helped Willie Nelson record his 1992 album, “The I.R.S. Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?”
No information on funeral services for Bob Johnson has been released at this time.