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Johnnie Johnson died

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 12:39 am
by blueslover
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-18-05 AT 08:52 PM (EST)]Piano legend Johnnie Johnson died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes at his home outside of St. Louis, MO on April,13th

Johnnie began his career in 1952, when he hired the then-unknown guitarist Chuck Berry to join his St. Louis-based band. Chuck Berry eventually became the frontman of the group and the two collaborated o­n some of rock & roll's seminal recordings, including "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," and "Sweet Little Sixteen."

Johnnie stepped into the spotlight later in life, releasing his first solo album in 1989. His star continued to grow, especially among his fellow musicians, who lined up to work with the icon. In the last decade, Johhnie performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists, including Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Kentucky Headhunters, NRBQ, Keith Richards, Styx, Susan Tedeschi and Bob Weir.

In honor of his contributions to the genre, Johnnie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 by his friend and supporter, Keith Richards. He continued to perform and headline at concerts and clubs around the world until earlier this year. His last ever performance was with Bo Diddley o­n Wednesday February 9th.

"It was so much fun to play with Johnnie," Bo Diddley said upon hearing the news today. "The world has lost a great man and a great musician. He will be missed but his music will live o­n."

Johnnie Johnson Official Website:

Without music, life would be a mistake...... Only sick music makes money today.
Friedrich Nietzsche

RE: Johnnie Johnson died

PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 1:47 pm
by doc williamson
I loved Johnnie's style. RIP.