Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson

Real Name:
Kenrick Reginald Hymans Johnson
Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson (born in British Guiana, now the independent nation of Guyana, September 10, 1914 - d. 1941) was Britain's first black swing bandleader and a dancer.

His own band was called Ken Johnson and his Rhythm Swingers (later renamed The West Indian Orchestra), which played jazz and swing music. The band had a residency at the London nightclub Café de Paris . It was here on March 8, 1941, during the blitz, that two bombs came through the Rialto roof straight onto the Café dance floor soon after the start of a performance. Eighty people died, including Johnson and most of his band.
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Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson - A Time To Remember 1940 album art Various I'm In Love For The Last Time Various - A Time To Remember 1940 (Comp) EMI, The CDCard Company UK, Europe & US 1999 Sell This Version
JAZZ CD 049 Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson - Jazz In Britain album art Various Snakehips Swing Various - Jazz In Britain(CD, Comp) Marshall Cavendish JAZZ CD 049 UK Unknown Sell This Version