James C. Johnson

James C. Johnson

Real Name:
James Calvin Johnson
Profile:
American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Not to be confused with pianist & singer/songwriter J.C. Johnson.

Jim began his musical career in 1962 as one of the original founders of The Underbeats. In 1969, the band evolved into Gypsy and developed a new sound, featuring all original songs. Following the Gypsy era, he stayed in Los Angeles working as a songwriter and a record producer. A 1977 Universal movie called "Slap Shot" included a song in the soundtrack, “Money Side of Town”, written and performed by Jim. Around 1980, Jim got together with Stanley Kipper (drums, percussion and vocals) and Brad Palmer (bass guitar and vocals) and put a new band together, The Steamers. The Steamers played live and recorded songs for Universal up through 1984/1985. A song written by Jim, “Too Hard to Love You”, was recorded by Ray Charles (with Jim playing guitar) and was included on Ray Charles 1988 Columbia album, "Just Between Us." In 1993, Jim returned to Minnesota and played with a new version of The Underbeats and also played with Gypsy for various reunion concerts. Jim returned to his R&B roots, playing and recording as Calvin James.
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Artist

James C. Johnson Discography Tracks

Vocals

Gypsy (15) Gypsy (15) - Gypsy (Album) Metromedia Records Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
Gypsy (15) Gypsy (15) - In The Garden (Album) Metromedia Records Venezuela 1971 Sell This Version
Gypsy (15) Gypsy (15) - Antithesis (Album) RCA Victor US 1972 Sell This Version
BR-111 Various Shake It For Me (as Jim Johnson) Various - The Soma Records Story Volume 1 (Shake It For Me!)(LP, Comp) BeatRocket BR-111 US 1998 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Gypsy (15) Gypsy (15) - Gypsy (Album) Metromedia Records Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
Gypsy (15) Gypsy (15) - In The Garden (Album) Metromedia Records Venezuela 1971 Sell This Version
Gypsy (15) Gypsy (15) - Antithesis (Album) RCA Victor US 1972 Sell This Version
Ray Charles Too Hard To Love You (as Jim Johnson) Ray Charles - Just Between Us (Album) Columbia US 1988 Sell This Version
BR-111 Various Shake It For Me (as Jim Johnson) Various - The Soma Records Story Volume 1 (Shake It For Me!)(LP, Comp) BeatRocket BR-111 US 1998 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

The Underbeats Little Romance (as Jim C. Johnson) The Underbeats - Little Romance (Single) Bangar US 1964 Sell This Version
The Underbeats The Underbeats - Annie Do The Dog (Single) Bangar US 1964 Sell This Version
Gypsy (15) Man Of Reason (as J. C. Johnson) Gypsy (15) - Gypsy (Album) Metromedia Records Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
APL1-0093 Gypsy (15) Is That News? and 1 more… Gypsy (15) - Unlock The Gates(LP, Album) RCA Records APL1-0093 US 1973 Sell This Version
The 5th Dimension* Magic In My Life (as J. Johnson) and 1 more… The 5th Dimension* - Pop Gold (Album) ABC Records, ABC Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Creative Source Under Your Spell (as Jim Johnson) Creative Source - Consider The Source (Album) Polydor US 1976 Sell This Version
27 050 GT Various Don't Stop For Nothing (as Johnson) Various - 20x Disco Power(LP, Comp) Ariola 27 050 GT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
FCT 40703 Ray Charles Too Hard To Love You (as Jim Johnson) Ray Charles - Just Between Us(Cass, Album) Columbia FCT 40703 US 1988 Sell This Version
GHAS-5012 Various Wishes Don't Come True (as Johnson) and 1 more… Various - Free Flight (Unreleased Dove Recording Studio Cuts 1964-'69)(2xLP, Comp, 150) Get Hip Archive Series GHAS-5012 US 1998 Sell This Version
PCCD7005 Various Darkness (as Johnson) Various - White Lace & Strange - It's All Gone Heavy Over There(CD, Comp) Psychic Circle PCCD7005 UK 2007 Sell This Version
8909 Underbeat* Darkness (as Johnson) and 1 more… Underbeat* - You're Losing Me / Darkness(7", Promo) P.I.P. Records 8909 US Unknown Sell This Version

Production

32582 Calvin James (3) Calvin James (3) - It Ain't Over(CD, Album) Vito Rococo 32582 US Unknown Sell This Version