John was born on a tobacco farm in Versailles, Kentucky on this date in 1946. He was singing and playing guitar by age 10 and late sang tenor in a barbershop quartet. Before striking out on a music career, he was a licensed mortician and a disc jockey at WLAC-AM in Nashville, TN
In 1971 he signed with ABC Records and charted the first time on the Billboard Country charts in 1978 with "Rose Colored Glasses" , "Lady Lay Down" and "Backside of Thirty". In the 1980's he charted again with "She Can't Say That Anymore", "I'm Only In It For The Love" , "Old School" and "Miss Emily's Picture".
These days, John stays busy with his wife Gale and their three children, a 32 acre farm in Kentucky, woodworking, gunsmithing and touring. He's a huge supporter of farmers and ranchers all across the country.