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In 1950, Mrs. [Franklin D.] Roosevelt took Josh on a concert tour of Europe. In England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Scotland, he sang to sell-out crowds. Fifty thousand people showed up for one concert in Stockholm and at an Ambassador's party on Copenhagen; even the King of Denmark sat on the floor and joined in singing spirituals. In England, Princess Margaret asked Josh to sing Don't Smoke In Bed - Peter Rachtman, July, 1961 issue of 33 Guide, on Josh White's earlier visits to Europe

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Offline phhawk

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Johnnie Johnson
« on: April 16, 2005, 08:43:41 PM »
I just heard this morning that Johnnie Johnson has died. I was fortunate to have seen him play at the small Mill Valley club "The Sweetwater" and it was one of those great magical musical  moments. Not only was he the pianist on Chuck Berry's greatest hits, he was probably the last of the truly great boogie woogie pianists.

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Re: Johnnie Johnson
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2005, 04:57:38 PM »
I bought Berry's "The Great Twenty-Eight" when I was a teenager. Due to Chuck's guitar playing, and Johnson's piano pounding, I jumped around my room and banged my head harder than I banged it while listening to the heavy metal I loved prior to that. Johnnie Johnson is a guy who deserves a lot more credit for being an architect of rock 'n' roll. Johnnie will be missed.

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