Lou Johnson

Profile:
Soul singer from Brooklyn, New York. He was also an accomplished musician on keyboards and percussion. Coming from a musical family, he started singing in gospel choirs in his teens, before studying music at Brooklyn College. He learned keyboards and percussion, forming a gospel group, the Zionettes, who recorded for Simpson Records and achieved some local success. Johnson then formed a secular vocal group, the Coanjos, with Tresia Cleveland and Ann Gissendammer, recording "Dance the Boomerang" before Cleveland and Gissendanner left to become the Soul Sisters.

In 1962, Johnson signed as a solo singer with Bigtop Records, run by the Hill & Range music publishing company in the Brill Building. There, he met the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who wrote Johnson's first single, "If I Never Get to Love You". Neither that song nor his second record, "You Better Let Him Go", were hits, but his third single, "Reach Out for Me", also written by Bacharach and David and this time produced by Bacharach, reached # 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1963. However, as it rose up the charts, the record company collapsed so limiting the record's success.[2] "Magic Potion" - the B side of "Reach Out For Me" was also written by Bacharach and David and became popular on the UK's Northern Soul scene, first being played at Manchester's Twisted Wheel club in the late 1960s.
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Albums

Lou Johnson - Sweet Southern Soul album art Lou Johnson Sweet Southern Soul (Album) Cotillion US 1969 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - With You In Mind album art Lou Johnson With You In Mind (Album) Volt US 1972 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Lou Johnson - Thank You Anyway (Mr. D.J.) / If I Never Get To Love You album art Lou Johnson Thank You Anyway (Mr. D.J.) / If I Never Get To Love You Big Top US 1962 Sell This Version
45-3127 Lou Johnson - You Better Let Him Go album art Lou Johnson You Better Let Him Go(7", Single) Bigtop 45-3127 US 1962 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Reach Out For Me album art Lou Johnson Reach Out For Me (Single) Bigtop UK 1963 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - It Ain't No Use / This Night album art Lou Johnson It Ain't No Use / This Night (Single) Hilltop Records (5) US 1964 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Kentucky Bluebird (Send A Message To Martha) / The Last One To Be Loved album art Lou Johnson Kentucky Bluebird (Send A Message To Martha) / The Last One To Be Loved (Single) Big Hill Records UK 1964 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - The Magic Potion Of... album art Lou Johnson The Magic Potion Of... (EP) London Records UK 1964 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me album art Lou Johnson (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me (Single) Big Hill Records UK 1964 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Unsatisfied / A Time To Love, A Time To Cry (Petite Fleur) album art Lou Johnson Unsatisfied / A Time To Love, A Time To Cry (Petite Fleur) (Single) Big Top UK 1965 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Please Stop The Wedding / Park Avenue album art Lou Johnson Please Stop The Wedding / Park Avenue Big Hill Records UK 1965 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Walk On By / Little Girl album art Lou Johnson Walk On By / Little Girl Big Top US 1966 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Anytime album art Lou Johnson Anytime (Single) Bigtop US 1966 Sell This Version
EX-4091 Lou Johnson - Strangers In The Night album art Frank Sinatra, Wayne Fontana, Lou Johnson, Neil Diamond Frank Sinatra, Wayne Fontana, Lou Johnson, Neil Diamond - Strangers In The Night(7", EP) Top 4 EX-4091 Iran 1966 Sell This Version
BIG TOP 103 Lou Johnson - Anytime album art Lou Johnson Anytime(7") Bigtop BIG TOP 103 US 1966 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Rock Me Baby / It's In The Wind album art Lou Johnson Rock Me Baby / It's In The Wind (Single) Cotillion Belgium 1968 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Don't Play That Song (You Lied) / People In Love album art Lou Johnson Don't Play That Song (You Lied) / People In Love (Single) Cotillion US 1969 Sell This Version
HLX 10269 Lou Johnson - (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me/A Message To Martha? album art Lou Johnson (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me/A Message To Martha?(7") London Records HLX 10269 UK 1969 Sell This Version
45-44035 Lou Johnson - Please Stay album art Lou Johnson Please Stay(7", Single, Mono) Cotillion 45-44035 US 1969 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - Frisco Here I Come / Who Am I album art Lou Johnson Frisco Here I Come / Who Am I Volt US 1971 Sell This Version
none Lou Johnson - The Beat album art Lou Johnson The Beat(Acetate, 7", Dem) Warner Bros. Music none US 1972 Sell This Version
CITY 028 Lou Johnson - The Panic Is On / You Better Let Him Go album art Lou Johnson The Panic Is On / You Better Let Him Go(7", Single, Mono) Kent Select CITY 028 UK 2012 Sell This Version
Lou Johnson - What Am I Crying For album art Lou Johnson What Am I Crying For (Single) Big Top US Unknown Sell This Version
HL 9929 Lou Johnson - A Message to Martha album art Lou Johnson A Message to Martha(7", Promo) London American Recordings HL 9929 Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CDMAR 057 Lou Johnson - Sweet Southern Soul album art Lou Johnson Sweet Southern Soul(CD, Comp, RM) Marginal Records CDMAR 057 Europe 1997 Sell This Version