Joel Johnson

Real Name:
Joel Nathaniel Johnson
Profile:
Keyboard player Joel Nathaniel Johnson, known to the music industry as, Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson and to his family as "Joey,'' was born on April 5, 1953 to the union of Isaiah and Hortense Johnson. He departed this life on Oct. 3, 2018, leaving a legacy of music for generations to come. Joey, 65, was the second child of three Johnson children. He grew up with his family in Baltimore, MD, namely in East Baltimore on Federal St. His father Isaiah, a classically trained musician and jazz pianist, was Joey's first music teacher. It was clear from the very beginning that Joey would make music his life.

He honed his music skills at Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School, where he played piano in the jazz band and clarinet in the infamous "Douglass Ducks" marching band. While still in high school, Joey began performing music professionally, first with his father in nightclubs and later with local Baltimore groups such as The Mellow Souls, The Sultans, Tomorrows Promise, Madhouse and Witchcraft.

By the time he graduated from Douglass in 1971 he was considered a professional. Joey gained a reputation as one of... if not the “baddest keyboard player” ...in Baltimore. His “keyboard acuity” inspired his manager at that time – local entrepreneur Cleveland L. Blackmon – to nickname him “Razor Sharp.” In 1976 – upon the recommendation of Gary “Mudbone” Cooper – he received the call to join Bootsy’s Rubber Band. And the rest is P-Funk history!

Although he spent most of his career as a Funkateer, traveling from coast to coast performing, Joey also treasured his family and his children. He was invested in his children's lives and like his father Isaiah, introduced them all to musical instruments. Joel was a fun-loving father but provided discipline and structure to his children's lives. He was also a wonderful brother to his sister, Marcia and younger brother, Everett. Joel juggled his family life and performances with Bootsy until 2015. The final chapter of his career was with Freekbase & the Bump Assembly.
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Vocals

Joel Johnson - Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome album art Parliament Parliament - Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome (Album) Casablanca US 1977 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - GloryHallaStoopid (Pin The Tale On The Funky) album art Parliament Parliament - GloryHallaStoopid (Pin The Tale On The Funky) (Album) Casablanca US 1979 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - For All The King's Men album art Maceo* Maceo* - For All The King's Men (Maxi, MiniAlbum) 4th & Broadway, Polystar Japan 1990 Sell This Version
12 BRW 203, 878 599-1 Joel Johnson - Let 'Em Out album art Maceo Parker Maceo Parker - Let 'Em Out(12", Single) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 203, 878 599-1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Tear The Roof Off (1974-1980) album art Parliament Parliament - Tear The Roof Off (1974-1980) (Comp) Casablanca, Chronicles Canada 1993 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Back In The Day : The Best Of Bootsy Collins album art Bootsy Collins Body Slam! (as Joel and 2 more… Bootsy Collins - Back In The Day : The Best Of Bootsy Collins (Comp) Warner Bros. Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - The Best Of Parliament album art Parliament Parliament - The Best Of Parliament (Comp) Mercury US 2000 Sell This Version
FTTM-006 Joel Johnson - (The Life Of The) Funkshipz Captain album art Octavepussy (The Life Of The) Funkshipz Captain (Original Version) and 1 more… Octavepussy - (The Life Of The) Funkshipz Captain(CD, Album) Funk To The Max FTTM-006 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
0602498801550 Joel Johnson - Gold album art Parliament Parliament - Gold(2xCD, Comp, RM) Mercury 0602498801550 Europe 2005 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Joel Johnson - Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! album art Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy's Rubber Band - Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! (Album) Warner Bros. Records Australia 1977 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Funk Or Walk album art The Brides Of Funkenstein* The Brides Of Funkenstein* - Funk Or Walk (Album) Atlantic US 1978 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Bootsy? Player Of The Year album art Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy's Rubber Band - Bootsy? Player Of The Year (Album) Warner Bros. Records Barbados 1978 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Say Blow By Blow Backwards album art Fred Wesley And The Horny Horns* Featuring Maceo Parker Fred Wesley And The Horny Horns* Featuring Maceo Parker - Say Blow By Blow Backwards (Album) Atlantic US 1979 Sell This Version
Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy's Rubber Band - This Boot Is Made For Fonk-N (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Invasion Of The Booty Snatchers album art Parlet Parlet - Invasion Of The Booty Snatchers (Album) Casablanca US 1979 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Sweat Band album art Sweat Band Sweat Band - Sweat Band (Album) Uncle Jam US 1980 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Ultra Wave album art Bootsy* Bootsy* - Ultra Wave (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Body Slam! album art Bootsy's Rubber Band Body Slam! (as Joel and 2 more… Bootsy's Rubber Band - Body Slam! (Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away album art William Bootsy Collins* William Bootsy Collins* - The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
8X305 Joel Johnson - Listen Up album art Super Sonic Sid* Super Sonic Sid* - Listen Up(12") M L T Records 8X305 US 1988 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - For All The King's Men album art Maceo* Maceo* - For All The King's Men (Maxi, MiniAlbum) 4th & Broadway, Polystar Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome album art Parliament Parliament - Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome (Album) Casablanca US 1977 Sell This Version
12 BRW 203, 878 599-1 Joel Johnson - Let 'Em Out album art Maceo Parker Maceo Parker - Let 'Em Out(12", Single) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 203, 878 599-1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - New Dream album art Boy Meets Girl I Love This World and 1 more… Boy Meets Girl - New Dream (Album) BMG Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Joel Johnson - Jungle Bass EP album art Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy's Rubber Band - Jungle Bass EP (EP, Maxi, Album) Island Records, 4th & Broadway Europe 1990 Sell This Version