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Sammy Reginald Johns 1946 - 2013
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March 07, 2014
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
December 23, 2013
Just shows how disconnected we get throughout life. I was the drummer in the DeVilles and played along side of Sammy at the Bamboo Lounge, Pecan Grove Supper Club, and other venues. Sammy was a very talented musician and as life presents we lost touch going separate ways but I always look favorably on the days we spent together playing music. My prayers and condolences to the family even though this is very late in coming. God Bless.
November 17, 2013
How sad. I just heard "Chevy van " on the radio today and remembered that time. Didn't realize it was near four decades ago nor was I aware of Sammy Johns passing.
He was a contemporary and it is painful to know he is no longer with us. Be happy and celebrate your life where ever you are Sammy. We will miss you fof the smile you put in our life with your music and whenever we see a Chevy van.

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November 17, 2013
How sad. I just heard "Chevy van " on the radio today and remembered that time. Didn't realize it was near four decades ago nor was I aware of Tommy Johns passing.
He was a contemporary and it is painful to know he is no longer with us. Be happy and celebrate your life where ever you are Tommy. We will miss you fof the smile you put in our life with your music and whenever we see a Chevy van.

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February 06, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about this. Sorry for the family. They lost a member of the family, we lost a great entertainer/songwriter. Chevy Van has been called THE SONG of the 70s, and for good reason. We all have so many fond memories of where we were back then when we heard it. Thank you Sammy for years of great music, and thank you for helping define an era. You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace.
February 05, 2013
Sad to hear of Sammy Johns passing. Cruise on, Sammy!
January 31, 2013
I remember him from when I was in the 5th grade when I first heard "Chevy Van". I remember cruising with my older brother in his 1970 Chevrolet "trick" van and we pulled up next to a vintage '57 Chevrolet Nomad that was occupied by what was two sisters one my brothers age and Beth who was a year older than me. They hopped in my brothers van and we went cruising. I got my first kiss, I fell in love and never saw her again. Thank you Sammy; I'll never forget you.
January 13, 2013
Now he is singing in Heaven with all the angels. He has only left this earth to join another part of his family. Gone but not forgotten because of the memories you shared with him and the music he shared with us. Sorry for your loss.
January 12, 2013
It was truly a sad day today when I read of Sammy Johns passing. I loved his music, especially the song "Chevy Van." It's hard to describe how someone with their music can impact your life, how hearing a favorite song can bring back a flood of memories of better times, being with good friends and enjoying life but Sammy's music did that for me. My sympathies to all his family and friends and please know, he will be missed.
January 11, 2013
Demuris, I am so sorry for your loss. I know exactly how you feel, when I lost my precious brother, Danny Conard, your counsin I was heart broken. Now they are both in Heaven together with all of our precious relatives gone before them. They are the Blessed ones. Love you,
love,
Your Cousin,
Janis Conard
January 10, 2013
One of the best songs ever Chevy Van, I still listen to it today. Rest in Peace my friend.
January 10, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of Sammy's passing. I grew up listening to his music,I loved Chevy Van ! What a beautiful voice and sweet smile he had. He will be missed God Bless you all. My prayers are with you and your family.
January 09, 2013
I ETS'd out of the Army a year or so before Chevy Van came out in 75. A lot of Army buddies took to riding bikes but I took to a 72 chevy van and made a trek from LA to Daytona. That song was "The 70's". My Condolences to family and friends. RIP Sammy.
January 09, 2013
Demurris, Ann called and told me about Sammy passing away. I called my brother, Bob Rodden who now lives in Tenn., and told him. We both are so sorry. Sammy has left lots of good songs behind to be remembered for. I know you have been so proud of him. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless. Love, Marie Rodden Fonde
January 09, 2013
I remember all the songs mentioned in the article. I grew up listening to his music. He will be sadly missed. The music world will not be the same. Rest in peace. To his family may God wrap you in his arms and keep you there for the rest of your lives.

God bless you all.
January 09, 2013
Sammy, thank you so much for "Chevy Van." That song is in my iTunes library & I simply love singing along (badly) with it.
My condolences to Sammy's family and friends.
January 09, 2013
I am sorry for your loss, I grew up in the 70's, loved the song Chevy Van. He will be missed but not forgotten.. We will keep the family in our prayers.
January 09, 2013
Demuris I am so sorry for your loss and know how proud of Sammy you were He was a very talented individual I know Marie is smiling and so is Sammy You are all in my prayers and We Love You Sammy Is at Peace With all Of Our Loved Ones
January 09, 2013
Sammy was a good soul and his music will be missed, I'm so glad I was able to spend some time recording with him while he was here. He told me it was not a chevy but a ford econoline van and I have him singing that verse on a beautiful acoustic CD recorded by Sammy at a happy time in his life RIP my friend & God Speed!
January 09, 2013
I don't think there is one of us who grew up in the '70's who didn't routinely sing along to Chevy Van. To have left such a piece of history like this is quite an accomplishment. Peace to you, Sammy.
January 08, 2013
great entertainer and a good friend thanks for the memories
January 08, 2013
I did not know Sammy personally how ever one of his famous songs Chevy Van played a roll in my life as well as so many others lives during that time. so often we hear a song we like, respect the creator, but fail to explore the other many songs written by the artist. I had no idea how much music he had written for other artist until now. Rest in Peace Sammy your legacy and musical talent will live forever in many of our hearts and lives. we thank you for so many years of giving through your music. you will be missed and never forgotten.
January 08, 2013
So sorry for your loss. I grew up listening to "Chevy Van". My Mother Colleen Erwin Featherstone was a friend of his sister Demurris growing up. Chevy Van will forever be in the heart of Americans.
January 08, 2013
Nothing but good memories everytime I hear Chevy Van. GOD BLESS SAMMY
January 08, 2013
RIP u will be missed
January 08, 2013
Sammy and I had some great times. He played in my dads band Silverhawk and he was a blast. Sammy was loved and will be missed sincerely. RIP my dear friend
January 08, 2013
Thanks for the memories....your songs will live on...
January 08, 2013
You were such a big part of my younger years. My dad, mom, and uncle all played in a band in my grandparents basement when you all were young and my dad never stopped being so proud of your accomplishments and knowing you. We listened to "Chevy Van" on our record player repeatedly. I am sure I still have it stored with my other records. Rest in peace Sammy Johns and thanks for sharing your musical talents with us.
January 08, 2013
We were friends for several years and enjoyed hearing Sammy perform with Rick and the other guys. My husband Tommy an I will miss him. A great talent is gone forever.
January 08, 2013
Sammy taught me my first song on a guitar 59 years ago,
I have been playing instruments ever since.The song was honky tonk. We were in the same rock band in 1960. I use to come to your house on broad st in gastonia every day we were the best of friends. My name is Don McCombs and I'll never forget you. I have been playing music 59 years thanks to Sammy Johns.Your dad was deputy shireff in Gastonia.
January 08, 2013
One of my fondest childhood memories is of sitting in your mom's living room with the big fireplace where I loved to play & listening to that Chevy Van album over & over...I remember your visits and us sitting around the kitchen table...you playing your guitar and singing to your mother who was so proud of you...I know she is happy now that her baby is back home with her....Rest in Peace and much love to the family...Love...Melinda
January 08, 2013
So sad to hear of Sammy's passing. I was 12 when Chevy Van was released and played it over and over. Thank you Sammy for such a great song. You've touched many with your music.
January 08, 2013
Sammy we want ever forget you.We all had some good times.Thanks for all the memories and music.Glad to have you for a friend!!! :) God bless
January 08, 2013
I met Mr. Johns at a house party when I was around 13 years old. My parents knew who he was, and of course his song "Chevy Van". I remember having the chance to sit around and play guitar with him as well that night. Two days later, I learned his song and still listen to it to this day. It was an honor to meet you; Rest in Peace. Thoughts and Prayers to the family.
January 08, 2013
RIP.. sing your songs in heaven.
January 07, 2013
I hope my cousin will rest in peace and is with Aunt Marie now!
January 07, 2013
Chevy Van reminds me so much of my youth. Was always one of my all time favorites. May you now Rest In Peace and share your music and talent amongst the Angels in Heaven. Many prayers of comfort for the family during this time.
January 07, 2013
Thanks for teaching me how to play guitar , and lots of laughs at the Piedmont mill , Mark Queen
January 07, 2013
I knew Sammy when he lived off of Morehead St. back in the late 50's and early 60's. I'll always remember "Chevy Van". It always has been in my heart. Rest in peace Sammy and may God comfort the John's family. Will miss you Sammy...
January 07, 2013
A cousin I wish I could have met. I feel as though I did know him and he will live on in our family. Rest in peace Sammy Johns.
January 07, 2013
God's speed on behalf of the Legendary WBT Briarhoppers....you went away before we could sing our song.
January 07, 2013
I will always cherish the years we spent together writing songs and I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU! RIP, MY DEAR FRIEND......UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!!! ?
January 07, 2013
We will miss you Sammy!
January 07, 2013
RIP your song Chevy Van will always bring a smile to my face
January 07, 2013
Rest in Peace Sammy. Your song "Chevy Van" will live on forever and is one of my all time favorites of my youth.
January 07, 2013
Rest in Peace Sammy. Your song "Chevy Van" will live on forever and is one of my all time favorites of my youth!
January 07, 2013
Sammy was a great friend.We spent alot of week ends together doing what he loved best singing and playing music. He will be missed and never forgotten!
January 07, 2013
Sammy & I worked a lot together over the years. I signed him to lowery music, produced few of his songs & managed him for a few years. He was an awesome talent. RIP. Tom Long.
January 07, 2013
January 07, 2013
Rest in peace Mr Johns. Your song, "Chevy Van" always takes me back to the '70s. Best years of my life. May God surround your family with love.
January 07, 2013
Sammy will be missed by many. He was a good friend. Heaven has a new angel singing in the choir. You will be remembered always.
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