Johnny Catron

This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Johnny Catron formed his first band in Boston back in 1939, but gained fame as a bandleader and songwriter when he reformed his band following World War II in Southern California. Johnny was a whiz at writing bouncy and danceable tunes just right for the swing era. Taking over his father’s Volkswagen car dealership allowed him to finance the band even after other bands folded due to the changing times. In fact, Johnny’s band kept playing in ballrooms and restaurants in Glendora and Pomona well into the 1980s. Among the songs he penned were “A Little Affection,” “There is a Time and a Place for Everything,” and his theme song “Love Day.”

Interview Date:
October 20, 1995
Date of Birth:
September 24, 1916
Deceased Date:
October 31, 1998
Job Title:
Bandleader, Songwriter
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