Longtime WWE composer, Jim Johnston (Pocahontas), was quietly released from the company this past week after 32 years. Johnston’s chief role in WWE was providing the soundtrack for WWE programming, in addition to providing musical content for WWE’s large output of video games, website content and entrance themes for WWE Superstars.
Johnston achieved fame for producing many of the famous entrance theme songs for the WWE Superstars, including the likes of The Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior, The Rock, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, amongst hundreds of other superstars, many of which have been released on commercial albums and through iTunes.
Since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking United States album sales in 1991, Johnston has released seventeen WWE albums that have sold a combined 5.9 million units. Most have appeared in the Billboard 200, with many achieving gold and even platinum certification status. The top seller overall is WWF The Music, Vol. 3, released in 1998, and which went platinum. The album sold a total 1.2 million units in the United States alone.
In March 2014, WWE released a 60-minute DVD documentary about Johnston entitled Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE, following him as he crafts an entrance theme, and revisits some of the stories of his most famous compositions.