Johnny Desmond

The Early Years

Glenn Miller

The Creamer

Royal Command Performance

The Actor

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While over in England, he played before millions of GI's in person and did 18 weekly radio shows. Johnny also had his own BBC radio series 'A Soldier and a Song' on a Sunday lunchtime. One show was a command performance for the British royal family. It was later reported that Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth became quite a Desmond fan and asked him to send her his records when he got back to America and made them. Even up to his death he got unbelievable quantities of mail from Europe from people who remembered the singing Sergeant.
When Johnny and the Glenn Miller Band were over in Paris, they were given a night off to see the sights and enjoy themselves. Johnny found himself in a small café where he heard a band playing C'est Si Bon. He enjoyed the tune so much that he took it back to America and recorded it. This was to become his first No.1 hit song.
Upon his discharge from service (Johnny was released from Ft. Dix, N.J. in November 1945) Johnny was in great demand for night club dates and radio; starring on The Teentimer's Club, Judy 'n' Jill 'n' Johnny and The Philip Morris Frolics. The last-named radio show also featured Herb Shriner and Margaret Whiting, who nicknamed Johnny 'Desmo'.
But success was short lived. As he explained, I was young, fresh out of the army, inexperienced, and most important of all, I didn't know how to handle my career.
The descent was meteoric; the comeback was slow. A big factor was the offer, in 1948, of a three month stint on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club that stretched into a six-year stand. Johnny did a stint as a disc jockey over MBS. Regaining confidence, he decided to widen his range to include acting. He was a hit in a straight role in the Danger series on the CBS-TV Network, then went on to do some comedy and straight dramatic roles. His exceptional work on shows like Philco Playhouse proved he had capabilities as a dramatic actor. His stint on The Breakfast Club made him a national favorite. Johnny also co-hosted the Glenn Miller Time in the early 1960s with Ray McKinley.