don johnson music career

Don Johnson – A Music Career Highlighted by Hit Single “Heartbeat”

Don Johnson is a singer-songwriter best known for his 1986 hit single “Heartbeat”, the title track of his debut album. During his career, Johnson has released two studio albums and a handful of singles. He has also collaborated with other artists, including country stars Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, and Wynonna Judd.

Early Years

Johnson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He started playing music at an early age, learning to play the guitar while still in high school. He then attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and after graduating, released his first single, “Just Like Any Man” in 1985.

Success with “Heartbeat”

Johnson’s debut single, “Heartbeat”, was released in 1986 and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK Singles Chart. The song received significant airplay on both sides of the Atlantic, rising to prominence on the strength of its catchy chorus and infectious melody. Johnson followed up the success of “Heartbeat” with the single “Tell It Like It Is”, which also charted in the UK and US.


In addition to his solo career, Johnson has collaborated with numerous artists, including:

  • Kenny Rogers: Johnson co-wrote Rogers’ hit single “Love Is Strange” in 1986.
  • Reba McEntire: Johnson co-wrote McEntire’s hit single “Take It To The Limit” in 1988.
  • Wynonna Judd: Johnson wrote Judd’s hit single “No One Else on Earth” in 1992.

Later Years

In 1997, Johnson released his second studio album, Every Moment. He then went on to release several singles, including “I’m Just a Man” in 2003. He continues to write and record music, and has recently released several digital singles.


Don Johnson’s musical career has spanned almost three decades, during which time he has achieved considerable success with hits like “Heartbeat”, and has collaborated with several prominent artists. He continues to write and record music today, and is currently working on a new album.

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