GALLETIN, TX (CelebrityAccess) — Donald William 'Bob' Johnston, who produced seminal albums for artists such as Dob Dylan and Johnny Cash in the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 83.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Johnston died from heart failure in Gallatin, Texas on August 14th.
A native of Hillsboro, Tex., Johnston started his career in the music industry as a composer and then performer, landing a minor hit with a Del Vikings song, "Flat Tire" recording as Bobby Johnston.
Despite the initial success, Johnston soon turned to songwriting and in Nashville, wrote, in collaboration with his wife Joy Byers, songs for Elvis Presley.
In 1964, Johnston signed on with Columbia Records in New York, where he produced the Oscar-nominated "Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte." He would go on to produce albums for Bob Dylan (Blonde on Blonde), Johnny Cash (At Folsom Prison), Simon & Garfunkel (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme) and Leonard Cohen (Songs from a Room.)
Later, as an independent producer, he worked with Willie Nelson, John Mayer and Carl Perkins among numerous others.