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Author Topic: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings  (Read 751 times)

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Offline RobBob

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Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« on: January 30, 2016, 06:24:15 AM »
While reading the book Early Blues The First Stars of Blues Guitar, Jas Obrecht talks a lot about Johnson's violin playing. Can anyone recommend select recordings that feature examples of his playing?  I have the two fine records, Violin Sing the Blues For Me and He Sure Do Pull Some Bow, I am looking for recordings featuring his violin playing, blues or with early jazz artists.

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Rob

Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2016, 06:42:51 AM »
Go to youtube, type in 'Lonnie Johnson violin', and a number of examples appear by magic!

Offline RobBob

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2016, 06:51:45 AM »
Thanks, I am still trying to get used the ephemera that is media today.

Offline Lastfirstface

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2016, 06:53:20 AM »
Those two compilations have a couple cuts with Lonnie on violin: "Violin Blues" with Prater and Hayes as the the Johnson Boys, "Memphis Stomp" with the same lineup but billed as "The Blue Boys." Lonnie played violin on most of the sides from his early Okeh session. There's even one or two cuts with him and his brother both fiddling. You can find them on this Document CD:

http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-5063

He also played fiddle as an accompanist to singers like Luella Miller and Victoria Spivey.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2016, 06:57:47 AM by Lastfirstface »

Offline Lastfirstface

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2016, 07:06:19 AM »
Made a quick youtube playlist of songs with Lonnie Johnson fiddling:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLekdhwFI6gbMG49YRnYFcXhAj3fF5HiRh

Offline RobBob

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2016, 07:07:52 AM »
Thanks, this is great!

Offline Blind Arthur

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2016, 09:29:53 AM »
Thank you :) I have been a Lonnie Johnson fan since the 1990ies - but as apparently almost anyone else, fixed on his guitar. I was actually surprised myself that out of my head I was truely unable to name more than one or two violin blues tunes by him.
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Offline banjochris

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2016, 12:22:38 PM »
The Document vol 3 I think has his violin recordings with Prater and Hayes.

Offline RobBob

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Re: Lonnie Johnson violin recordings
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2016, 02:16:54 PM »
Banjochris, thanks.  I am pretty old school and I will look up that CD.

 


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