Johnny Crawford!

By Gary:

I was a teenager in the mid to late 1950s, so it was all about music, TV, girls and Cars.  This man was born in 1946 and was a Mouseketeer in 1955 and a successful actor in 1958 as “Mark McCain” son of “Lucas McCain” who was “The Rifleman” in ABC’s very successful TV show.  Then in 1962, he started a music career.  He accomplished all that in the space of just 7 years, from age 11 to 18. Boy, I was lucky just to have a job at that time! I loved the TV show “The Rifleman”; I think I actually purchased one of his records, but a lot of teenage girls bought a ton of records and will never forget…

Mickey Mouse Club/1955
The Rifleman/ 1958 to 1963
Johnny Crawford


1963 / Greensleeves from TV Show “The Rifleman” /
1964 / “Rare” The Girl Next Door /
1985 / Home /
From September of 1989, here is a Today Show clip
2012 / Interview Chicago /

Some of His Recordings:

1.  Cindy’s Birthday/ Del-Fi 4178/ June 1962/ #8


2.  Your Nose is Gonna Grow/ Del-Fi 4181/ August 1962


3.  Rumors/ Del-Fi 4188/ November 1962/ #12


4.  Proud/ Del-Fi 4193/ January 1963/ #29


John Ernest Crawford (born 1946 in Los Angeles) is a talented American actor, singer, and musician.

An original Mouseketeer in 1955, Crawford has acted on stage, in films, and on television.

He received an Emmy Award nomination at the age of 13 for his role as “Mark McCain,” the son of Lucas McCain, played by Chuck Connors, on the Four Star Television series The Rifleman, which originally aired from 1958-1963 on ABC. During this time, he had wide popularity with American teenagers and a recording career that generated five Top 40 hits, including the single “Cindy’s Birthday,” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Top 40 Hit Chart in 1962.

Crawford played “Horsey,” Tommy Kirk’s cowboyish sidekick in the 1965 film Village of the Giants which also featured Joy Harmon, Beau Bridges, and Ron Howard.

The Naked Ape, a 1973 film directed by Donald Driver — based on the book — starred Crawford and Victoria Principal.

Crawford had a key role in the early career of Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live fame; after appearing together in a summer stock production of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” he presented her with a one-way airline ticket to California and encouraged her to pursue a Hollywood career. This led to her early TV appearances on The Tonight Show before she was cast as a regular on Saturday Night Live.

Crawford is currently the leader of the California-based Johnny Crawford Orchestra, which specializes in traditional jazz, early big band, and classical styles of music.

He reconnected with his high school sweetheart Charlotte in 1990, and they wed in 1995.



2 responses to “Johnny Crawford!

  1. Geez, I can’t say I remember him – or his songs. But I certainly remember the Mickey Mouse Club. Mouseketeer Cubby O’Brien inspired me to become a drummer in the 1950s.

  2. Chuck Connors would now be 96 years old. He died in 1992 at 71, the age Johnny Crawford is now. A sobering thought.

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