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Showing posts with label Larry Johnson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Larry Johnson. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hear The Angels Singing - Larry Johnson


Larry Johnson (born May 15, 1938, Atlanta, Georgia, United States) is an American electric blues singer and guitarist.
Johnson's father was a preacher who traveled extensively. This led to Johnson being exposed to blues records by Blind Boy Fuller, who inspired Johnson to learn the rudiments of guitar playing. He served in the Navy between 1955 and 1959, before relocating to New City. After his befriending Brownie and Stick McGhee, Johnson found employment recording with Big Joe Williams, Harry Atkins, and Alec Seward. The latter gave Johnson an introduction to Reverend Gary Davis.

Johnson's first single release was "Catfish Blues" / "So Sweet" (1962), plus he made numerous live appearances with Davis over that decade. In 1971 Johnson released Fast and Funky, but his live playing gradually reduced. A couple of low key albums appeared in the 1980s, before Johnson received more regular live work in the 1990s, particularly in Europe. Whilst there his output included Railroad Man (1990) and Blues for Harlem (1999). Two Gun Green followed in 2002.
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

I Believe - Larry Johnson & Nat Riddles


Blues musicians Larry Johnson (b. May 15, 1938 in Atlanta, Georgia) and Nat Riddles made a couple of records in the 80’s; Johnson (guitar, vocals) with Riddles (bluesharp, vocals).
Nat Riddles (4 February 1952 — 11 August 1991) was a blues harmonica player who played an important role in the New York blues scene during the late 1970s to mid 1980s. Born in Bronxville, a Westchester County suburb of New York, he was educated at Brooklyn College and the Pratt Institute. In the early 1980s, he became known in New York blues circles for his street performances with guitarist Charlie Hilbert as part of a free-form duo that he labeled 'El Cafe Street.'

Riddles performed with Larry Johnson and Odetta as well as Hilbert. He recorded several albums with Johnson (one produced by Len Kunstadt for Spivey Records, one produced by Horst Lippmann) and a solo album on Spivey entitled The Artistry of Nat Riddles. He also contributed several cuts to a Spivey series of LPs entitled New York Really has The Blues.

Riddles died of leukemia in August 1991 in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 39
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