Johnny's Still Poetry in Motion

Johnny Tillotson loves the limelight so much so he even agreed to several performances during a trip to visit an old friend, here, over the last week. The two time Grammy award nominee, well-known for his evergreen classics Dreamy Eyes and Heartaches by the Number, showcased these all-time favorites in two, 45-minute shows in Hard Rock Café KL and Hard Rock Café Melaka on the 7th and 8th of August, respectively. 

The singer-songwriter enjoyed his paramount success in the early 1960s, when he scored 9 top-ten hits on the pop, country and adult contemporary billboard charts including Poetry In Motion and the self-penned It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin', which was inspired by his terminally ill father in 1962.

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“Johnny’s artistic ability and energetic personality consistently delight audience of all age groups. This is what Hard Rock Café is about, and are very sure that fans will be please and charmed by his performance,” said Roberto Pettinau, General Manager of Hard Rock Café Kuala Lumpur, which prides itself with being the to-go scene for world-class performances, like that of Tillotson’s stint.

Before his performance began, the Brandlaureate, led by President Dr. KK Johan, conferred him the Brandlaureate International Personality – Legendary Award; placing him among other international legends such as Dracula’s Sir Christopher Lee, soul queen Aretha Franklin and the late Steve Jobs.

Backed by local musicians and singers, Johnny who albeit having slowed down the tempo of his on-stage performances, has far from lost his rhythm. Tillotson was all smiles as he entertained the full-house at Hard Rock Café Kuala Lumpur but it’s never over till the crooner serenades a lucky lady from the audience, cheekily adding as he handed her a rose, “At the end of this show, the women would have had a better time than the men.”

This article was published on August 10, 2014 in The Malay Mail.