02 December 2008

Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson The Versatile Jazz And Blues Master (1899-1970)

"Lonnie is born on 8th February in New Orleans possibly near Memphis. However, the year and place of birth remain in debate and there is speculation that the year of birth may have been 1889, 1899 or even 1900.

Having moved from New Orleans to St. Louis in 1925, he wins a talent contest at the Booker T. Washington Theatre. He subsequently makes his first recording, 'Mr Johnson's Blues', for Okeh Records.

In 1927 he makes guest appearances with Louis Armstrong's Hot Five on recording such as 'I'm Not Rough', 'Hotter Than That' and 'Savoy Blues'.

He records the first of ten excellent sides with the guitarist Eddie Lang in 1928, but in 1932 Okeh Records crash out of business as the Depression begins and Lonnie attends his last recording session for the next five years.

By 1937 Lonnie has moved to Chicago, where he begins to record again this time for the Decca label(...)"
Continued, here.

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