News and Events
March 27, 2021
Johnny’s birthday party on the patio was a happy gathering with about 15 guests, including sister Nance, brother Bobby, nieces Shawna, Patti, and Kathie, and nephew Brian. Johnny’s wife Charlotte made sloppy Joes and baked beans. Helper Laurie brought her musician friend Jerry, who played his guitar. Paul Petersen and his wife Rana also joined in the fun.
Johnny received many cards, letters and gifts from his friends and fans. The Crawford family appreciates and thanks everyone for their devotion to and affection for Johnny. Thank you!
March 26, 2021
Today is Johnny’s 75th birthday! The family is having a small party on the patio tomorrow at his board-and-care.
Happy birthday, Johnny!
March 17, 2021
Our website fundraising Store has just been redesigned, and we hope folks find it easier to navigate. We will be adding some new items very soon!
March 12, 2021
Our special online auction was a success, and we thank all the folks who bid on items. We’re also grateful to the donors, including Darby Hinton and Dawn Wells, Russ Hill, and Elizabeth Holland.
Some folks who placed bids on the BetterWorld auction site didn’t notice that there was an option to add a “tip” to the site. This charge was made to bids at the time a bid was placed, and not at the end of the auction on winning bids. If bidders didn’t intend to tip the site, they can request a refund here: https://share.hsforms.com/1B9erSdBASgWdCEyOPjnOYQ4a1uz
February 28, 2021
We’re having an online auction to benefit Johnny’s Alzheimer’s Fund.
THIS AUCTION OFFICIALLY STARTS TOMORROW (March 1st) AT 12pm EST. It will run for 10 days and end on Thursday, March 11th. This is a PUBLIC AUCTION so PLEASE SHARE! ALL FUNDS raised will go to help Johnny Crawford. Thank you to Darby Hinton, Russ Hill, Robert Crawford jr., and Elizabeth Holland for their generous donations. We have a pair of boots owned and worn by Dawn Wells, a poster autographed by Johnny, Darby, and Dan Haggerty, several Bobby Crawford autographs, and some art prints by western artist Tim Cox.
It’s not too late if you have something you’d like to donate to support this cause https://lsf.betterworld.org/donate-an-item
If you’ve already donated – thank you – please help us by sharing the auction page with others. We really appreciate it!
And today we’re happy to report that Johnny is being moved to a small board-and-care home very close to his wife Charlotte. He will be able to have visitors outside on a lovely patio.
February 10, 2021
We will be adding some new merchandise to our fundraising Store soon, and we will also be doing a website re-design that may mean the Store will be offline for a couple of days. We know the effort will make the site easier to navigate and the shop pages more efficient.
February 7, 2021
We are happy to report that our 2-day Celebration and Fundraiser was a success. We raised a good amount for Johnny’s Alzheimer’s care, and we also enjoying spending time with some of his many friends and fans. Ginger Cook kept the videos rolling and never panicked at the occasional technical glitch or when we got a bit behind schedule. Bobby Crawford’s live Q&A was a highlight, and we premiered several new music videos, with sound by Bret Hampton and editing by either Bret or M. Stacey Shaffer. The finale screening of Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws had a lively discussion between the panelists. Along with donation tickets, the event gave our fundraising Store a big boost. We’re grateful to everyone who helped make the event possible, and we appreciate those who took the time to join us for the celebration. Johnny wasn’t able to be with us, even with the virtual setup, but he was always present in his music and many onscreen performances.
January 15, 2021
Johnny’s friends and family are uniting to put on a 2-day celebration and fundraiser February 5-6, 2021. All the funds raised through donations and ticket sales will go to Johnny’s care. It will feature screenings of a wide selection of Johnny’s work, with a live Q&A with Johnny’s older brother, Robert Crawford, Jr. The celebration will end with a special screening of Bill Tilghman and The Outlaws (also released on DVD as The Marshal). This screening will be hosted by actor Darby Hinton and feature guests including director/producer Wayne Shipley, writer Dan Searles, and actors Ken Arnold, Lana Wood, Richard Cutting, and Don Collier. More details and the schedule are coming soon. We sure hope you’ll join us!
The Schedule (which we may adjust slightly)
Donation tickets for the 2-Day Pass
Tickets for the Finale Screening
December 26, 2020
We’re excited to announce the launch of a new section in our fundraising Store. You can now purchase 45 RPM records from Johnny’s personal collection. These include his rare Sidewalk Records recordings. We’re taking orders now, and we’ll start shipping them out after January 1st.
December 25, 2020
A Christmas gift from the Crawford family! Enjoy the audio track from Johnny’s jazz band performing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The music video, different from this version, is available on the DVD Johnny Crawford Jazz Band in our fundraising Store.
December 24, 2020
Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions created a beautiful Christmas card for Johnny on the official website for The Rifleman, with three pages of greetings from fans around the world. Please take a look!
December 13, 2020
A Word on Westerns shared a test run of the show from 2013, with Johnny and his wife singing Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer with the audience.
December 4, 2020
Johnny’s last feature film was Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws, winner of the Best Feature Film and eight other awards at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival. The production company, One-Eyed Horse Productions, has just produced a limited edition of the film with an on-screen dedication to Johnny. One of the extras is a thirty-minute interview with Johnny on set in his William S. Hart costume, where he speaks of this love for westerns and for his music. A generous portion of the proceeds from the DVD will be donated for Johnny’s care. It will make a wonderful Christmas present!
October 10, 2020
We’ve now added a set of 4 postcards to our fundraising Shop. You can mail ’em, frame ’em, or wrap ’em up for stocking stuffers!
October 4, 2020
Rob Word shared a moving 2018 interview with Johnny and brother Bobby on this week’s edition of A Word on Westerns. Please subscribe to his YouTube channel for more great western programs!
August 29, 2020
Johnny’s second DVD of music videos is now available to purchase on our Store page! You can buy both limited edition DVDs for a special price and save on shipping as well.
July 23, 2020
Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone) is a good friend of Johnny’s, and he’s added some fundraising merchandise to his official website on Johnny’s behalf.
Please check it out!
July 4, 2020
June 27, 2020
Johnny’s CD Sweepin’ The Clouds Away is now available to purchase on our Store page. Our quantities are limited, so order while you can!
June 14, 2020
Today begins the new Rifleman series of comics on Instagram, which are also being shared on the official Rifleman Facebook page.
May 31, 2020
A new series of four-panel comics based on The Rifleman will be shared at TheRifleman.net every Sunday starting in June. Here’s an interesting article about it: https://bleedingcool.com/comics/putting-the-rifleman-back-into-comic-books/
May 7, 2020
We’ve launched our Store! Please check out the new limited edition DVD The Singing Cowboy Johnny Crawford, with more DVDs and photographs coming soon.
March 23, 2020
Johnny Crawford won Best Cameo at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival, which was streamed from Oklahoma over the weekend. Congratulations to all the film’s participants and winners!
March 14, 2020
In honor of Johnny’s birthday, there will be a drawing to win this beautiful Rifleman quilt. It’s large enough to fit a full size bed, with four images from The Rifleman surrounded by color blocks. The back is a solid cream color.
To be entered in the drawing, just make a donation of $10 to the Go Fund Me campaign for Johnny’s care between March 16th and 25th. Once you have donated, send a message with your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be included in the drawing. (Simply donating during these dates not automatically enter you in the drawing. We can’t verify anonymous donations, so please be sure to use your name at Go Fund Me.) The drawing will be held on Johnny’s birthday, March 26, 2020. The winner will be asked to forward the email (or a screenshot) of the Go Fund Me message that is generated when a donation is made. Please click on the link below to donate, and thank you!
March 13, 2020
Johnny’s film Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws has been nominated for ten awards at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival. Darby Hinton and Johnny won’t be in attendance, but we’re cheering from afar!
Update: Unfortunately, the film festival has now been moved to an online event. Festival organizers are streaming some of the films. Check the website for more details!
March 8, 2020
Bill Tilghman and The Outlaws has been released on a new DVD with a title change. It’s now The Marshal, and it’s available for purchase online and at retailers like Walmart and Barnes & Noble. Johnny makes a cameo appearance as silent film cowboy William S. Hart. Check it out!
Johnny also appears in a new book of western portraits by Steve Carver. It’s available online and at bookstores. (If your local bookstore doesn’t have it, request it!)
Thanks to You, We Are Blessed
Thank you to all involved for a wonderful evening featuring Johnny Crawford at the West Coast premiere of Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws.
We’re elated to say it was a sold out event and fun was had by one and all. To read all about this special evening: https://www.thedesertway.com/bill-tilghman-and-the-outlaws/
The original invitation read: “Dust off your cowboy boots, strap on your spurs and save the date of September 7, 2019 for a special event.”
Bill Tilghman and The Outlaws had its West Coast Premiere and Pre-National Release Party in Thousand Oaks, California, under the stars. Many thanks to Wyatt and Lisa McCrea for donating and hosting this event at the beautiful Joel McCrea Ranch on their big outdoor screen.
Also, a huge shout out to Wayne Shipley and Dan Searles and all involved in the making of Bill Tilghman for donating ALL the proceeds from this event directly to Johnny Crawford and his wife Charlotte, to help them battle Johnny’s Alzheimer’s, especially with all the expense of needing full time assistance. Johnny and Charlotte thank you from the bottom of their hearts.
Johnny’s buddy and event organizer Darby Hinton was there, and of course the man of the hour, Johnny Crawford. And there were some truly amazing people who showed up for the event. Bruce Boxleitner was the very first to tell Darby, “Sign me up!”
Just some of the cast members from Bill Tilghman and The Outlaws who joined Darby and Johnny at the premiere: Lana Wood, Robert Carradine, Johnny Alonso, Eliza Kelley, and Don Collier—who drove all the way in from Arizona.