Let's get a Lonnie Johnson thread going!

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  1. Neer

    Neer Supporting Member

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    Because he really deserves it--really a peerless player from his era. One of my influences, definitely. Love his voice, too. Unfortunately, some of my favorites of his are not available on YouTube.





    Lonnie with Eddie Lang
     
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    I had the pleasure of transfering his old masters for a compilation for Smithsonian Folkways Records. This interview blew my mind...to be listening to a recording from the mid 60's of Lonnie talking about music from the turn of the century.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89186801

    You will need to scroll down a bit a play the clip at the bottom of the "Music From Loniie Johnson" called Lonnie Johnston Interview.
     
  3. changeling

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    ...where the strings come in.
    one of the baddest..and allegedly robert johnson claimed kinship
    of lonnie to boost his credibility to people that didnt know him.
    thats quite an endorsement right there.

    he was the first acoustic bluesman who had a vibrato that i noticed.

    neer,when i saw the title of the thread,i knew it was you,even though
    i wasnt scrolled down enough to see the author of the thread;i like your
    style,dude..(and i saw what you did there):D
    r
     
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    Those duets with Eddie Lang blew my mind when I first heard them.

    He is clearly a huge influence on B.B., and in his best period, he's every bit as fun to listen to as classic period B.B. Great singer, too.

    "Tomorrow Night" is a classic.

    This is a great idea for a well-deserved thread.
     
  5. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    Good stuff, indeed!
     
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    Very cool. I would imagine he influenced Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker. You can hear all three (Johnson, Christian, and Walker) in B.B. King. It really is amazing that some of these great musicians, people like Lonnie Johnson or Blind Blake, are not more well known. Those guys sound incredible almost a century later.
     
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    Truly an innovator, and the foundation of much of what we do as guitarists still. There's a biography out soon -- finally -- with excellent information on his background and long, productive career. Many years ago I devoted a chapter to Lonnie in my book The Guitar Players. He was, in fact, what prompted me to write that book: I wanted to know more about him.
     
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    Oh, I see whatcha done there, Neer...

    But, for certain, LJ does indeed rule (pre-rule?).
    Remarkable career/influence on so much.
     
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    What a great artist! One of my favorite songs and performances of all times is his "Blues Stay Away From Me."
     
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    Lonnie was simply amazing and influential on so many guitarists. Easily in my top 5 all time. Everyone should own Lonnie Johnson ft Eddie Lang: Blue Guitars Vol 1&2

    some of my favs from Mr. Lonnie, I could go on for days with links



     
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    My favourite. Blows the rest out of the water as far as I'm concerned. Died tragically in Toronto.
     
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    Not just a good entertainer, but a good person as well.
     
  13. Neer

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    :beer

    These are the sounds of the era that I love so much. I spent a lot of time listening and learning from the recordings of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix with Frankie Trumbauer and every time I hear this stuff it moves me in a really good way:



    This one also features Johnny St. Cyr on banjo, one of the greats.
     
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    This is my all-time favorite Lonnie Johnson tune. Dig the part at :039.

    Lonnie Johnson: Swing Out Rhythm - 1937



     
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    I was also amazed when I first heard guys like Lonnie and Eddie Lang, and what they were doing way back when.

    As I'm starting to take more of an interest in jazz, I like to go back to the roots and see where it branches off from there.
     
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    One of the questions BB gets asked in interviews a lot (after "where did the name Lucille come from?") is "Were you influenced by Robert Johnson?" His standard answer is generally, "No, Lonnie Johnson." (Then adds T Bone and Bukka White.)

    Hard to think of someone else who had such a big influence on both jazz AND blues.
     
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    Lonnie had it all goin' on
    smooth as silk and soulful as it gets
     
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    I had to learn Lonnie's solo on "Hotter Than That" for a jazz repertory band i used to play with-lots of fun.
     

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