In association with the Johnny Preston Tribute concert held on November 5, 2011, the Museum of the Gulf Coast invites the public to view a fascinating oral history interview with the late Johnny Preston. The 90-minute interview will air in the Museum’s Lloyd Hayes Theater at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the day of the concert.

It was conducted by Sam Monroe in 2004 as a way to record Preston’s remembrances of the golden age of rock and roll, his experiences touring across the globe and his insights into the performance world. Film admission is free and includes admittance to the Museum’s exhibits.

Born John Courville, Johnny Preston attended Port Arthur schools. While in school he sang in statewide choral contests and formed his own rock and roll band, The Shades. Preston earned a gold record with the album “Running Bear” (1959) written by fellow musician and friend J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson. Other hit recordings included “Cradle of Love” (1960), “Feel So Fine” (1962), and “Free Me” (1962). Until his death, Preston resided in southeast Texas and continued to perform in Branson, Missouri and travel the world with various Golden Oldies tours.

The Tribute to Johnny Preston concert will feature fellow hit makers and Preston’s personal friends Jivin’ Gene, Dickey Lee, Chris Montez and Johnny Tillotson. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Performing Arts Theater located at 1700 Procter Street in Port Arthur. Proceeds benefit the Museum of the Gulf Coast and the Commercial Music Program at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

General admission tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at the Museum of the Gulf Coast located at 700 Procter Street in Port Arthur.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information or to schedule a tour please call 982-7000 or visit