Tommy Johnson

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Tommy Johnson

Birth Name: Thomas Everett Johnson

Personal: Father: Idell Johnson (Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson?). Mother: Mary Ella Wilson. Brothers: Clarence, LeDell, Mager Johnson

* 1896 on George Miller Plantation near Terry, Mississippi
moved to Crystal Springs MS
c1910 - took interest in guitar, learned from brother LeDell
c1912-14 - ran away from home to work as intinerant musician, area Boyle and Rolling Fork MS
1914-16 - frequently worked at local country parties and dances, Crystal Springs area MS
c1914-17 - married with Maggie Bidwell
since 1916 worked outside music on Tom Sander Plantation, Drew MS - frequently worked with Charley Patton, Willie Brown and Dick Bankston on Webb Jennings Plantation, Drew MS
c1917-20 - hoboed through Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi working at jukes and streets
from c1920 frequently worked at jukes, parties, frolics, Crystal Springs MS - occ. worked with Charley Patton in local jukes, Greenwood and Moorhead MS
early 20s - married with Ella Hill
through 20s - frequently worked with Rubin Lacy, Son Spand, Charley McCoy, John Byrd, Walter Vincent, Ishmon Bracey and others at local dances, parties, streets, Jackson MS
1924-27 - frequently worked outside music on Bernard Graff Plantation, Rolling Fork MS with frequent wanderings through Delta area working for tips
1928 - Feb. 3/4, Aug. 31, recorded for Victor, Memphis TN
1929? 1930 - Jan., March, recorded for Paramount, Grafton, WI
into 30s - owned and worked in a small cafe, Jackson MS - continued working at streets, parties, picnics, suppers through Mississippi and New Orleans LA - frequently toured with Ishman Bracey working in Doctor Simpson's Medicine Show through Delta area
1935 - worked at local parties, Tylertown MS
c1935-39 - married with Rosa Youngblood
c1936 - worked at house parties, Angie LA, Tylertown MS, Jackson MS
from 1937-1950 - worked with Roosevelt Holts, KC Douglas and others at local parties and streets, Jackson MS
40s - married with Emma Downes
November 1st, 1956 in Crystal Springs, Mississippi (suffered fatal heart attack after working at a local house party)
buried at Warm Springs Methodist Church Cemetery, Crystal Springs MS

Instruments: Guitar (acoustic), Kazoo

Influences: Charlie Patton, Willie Brown

Influenced: James Brewer, KC Douglas, Shirley Griffith, Roosevelt Holts, Howlin' Wolf, Clarence Johnson, LeDell Johnson, Mager Johnson, Otis Spann, Houston Stackhouse, Babe Stovall, Johnny Temple, Boogie Bill Webb

Wikipedia (illustrated discography)
Blues Who's Who
Dixon, Robert M.W.: Blues & Gospel Records 1890-1943

Songs (with date of recording):

Alcohol And Jake Blues
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-250-2- Paramount 12950 - Tommy Johnson (v,g)
Big Fat Mama Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1928.08.31 -- Memphis TN - 45465-1 Victor 38535 - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g)
Big Road Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1928.02.03 - - Memphis TN - 41837-2 Victor 21279 - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g) -
Black Mare Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-250-1 Paramount unissued, L-250-2-Paramount 13000 - Tommy Johnson (v,g) New Orelans Nehi Boys (Kid Ernest Moliere (cl), Charles Taylor (p), unknown (perc))
Boogaloosa Woman
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-231-2-Paramount unissued - Tommy Johnson (v,g)
Button Up Shoes (Walking Shoes) --> see: Morning Prayer
Bye-Bye Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1928.02.04 -- Memphis TN - 41838-1 Victor 21409 - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g)
Canned Heat Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1928.08.31 -- Memphis TN - 45462 -2 Victor V38535 - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g) -
Cool Drink of Water Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1928.02.03 - - Memphis TN - 41836-2 Victor 21279 - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g) -
I Want Someone to Love Me
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-227-1(2) Paramount (2 takes, unissued by Paramount) - Tommy Johnson (v,g)
I Wonder to Myself (Tommy Johnson)
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-228-1 Paramount 12975 - Tommy Johnson (v,g), unknown kazoo
Lonesome Home Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1928.08.31 -- Memphis TN - 45463-1,-2 Victor unissued - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g)
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-230-2 Paramount 13000 - Tommy Johnson (v,g)
Louisiana Blues
1928.08.31 -- Memphis TN - 45464-2 Victor unissued - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g)
Maggie Campbell Blues (Tommy Johnson)
1928.02.04 -- Memphis TN - 41839-2 Victor 21409 - Tommy Johnson (v,g), Charlie McCoy (g)
Morning Prayer
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-231-1 Paramount unissued - Tommy Johnson (v,g)
P.C. Railroad Blues
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - Paramount 13121 - Charles Taylor (v,p), New Orleans Nehi Boys ("Kid" Ernest Moliere? (cl), Ishman Bracey or Tommy Johnson (g))
Ridin' Horse (Tommy Johnson)
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-249-1-Paramount 12950 - Tommy Johnson (v,g)
Slidin' Delta (Tommy Johnson)
1929.12.00? -- Grafton WI - L-229-2-Paramount 12975 - Tommy Johnson (v,g)