Jay Johnson (24)

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Jay Johnson (1934-1987) was a singer and guitar player who was initially based in the Cincinnati, OH area. He performed country, bluegrass, and gospel music. In the late 1950s and early 1960s Johnson performed with Don Boone & his Sandy Valley Boys, appearing on WKRC-TV’s "Rural Route 12" program. In the early 1960s he recorded for the Nashville based Briar International label (Johnson is the featured artist on 7 tracks on 2 gospel LPs credited to the Sandy Valley Boys & Kathy; 1 of his tracks is a duet with Kathy Wood). Johnson also made recordings for Carl Burckhardt's Big 6 label and Bobby Grove’s Oak label. Most significantly, he issued 2 great bluegrass singles backed by Earl Taylor & the Stoney Mountain Boys - one on his own Cincinnati based Rocket label and the other on the Nashville label (a Starday subsidiary). 2 of Johnson's Big 6 tracks were reissued on Coronet and Rite label gospel LPs. He left Ohio in the mid 1960s, living/performing in Marietta, GA and Lake Charles, LA before settling in the Tampa, FL area. During the 1970s Johnson fronted a band titled the Four Shades of Bluegrass.
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Jay Johnson (24) Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

45-90 Jay Johnson (24) - My Home In Old Kentucky / Memories Of Love album art Jay Johnson (24) My Home In Old Kentucky / Memories Of Love(7", Single) Rocket Records (20) 45-90 US 1962 Sell This Version
1005 Jay Johnson (24) - You'll Never Reach Heaven, By God album art Clyde Earle, Jay Johnson (24), Eastern Kentucky Boys, Bobby Grove Clyde Earle, Jay Johnson (24), Eastern Kentucky Boys, Bobby Grove - You'll Never Reach Heaven, By God(7", EP) Oak Records (3) 1005 US 1962 Sell This Version
1003 Jay Johnson (24) - Only A Whisper Away album art Glen Scott (7), Jay Johnson (24), Bobby Grove, Clyde Earle Glen Scott (7), Jay Johnson (24), Bobby Grove, Clyde Earle - Only A Whisper Away(7", EP) Oak Records (3) 1003 US 1962 Sell This Version
NV-5066 Jay Johnson (24) - Crazy Blues On My Mind / Crying Darling album art Jay Johnson (24) Crazy Blues On My Mind / Crying Darling(7", Single) Nashville NV-5066 US 1962 Sell This Version
138 Jay Johnson (24) - I Cried Again album art Dessie Faulkner, Faulkner Trio, Jay Johnson (24) Dessie Faulkner, Faulkner Trio, Jay Johnson (24) - I Cried Again(7", EP) Big 6 Records 138 US Unknown Sell This Version
545 Jay Johnson (24) - Boat Of Life album art Danny Burton, Faulkner Trio, Jay Johnson (24) Danny Burton, Faulkner Trio, Jay Johnson (24) - Boat Of Life(7", EP) Big 6 Records 545 US Unknown Sell This Version
543 Jay Johnson (24) - I'm Traveling On And On album art Jay Johnson Quartet, Nelson Young Quartet, Texas Slim Trio, Jay Johnson (24), Danny Burton Jay Johnson Quartet, Nelson Young Quartet, Texas Slim Trio, Jay Johnson (24), Danny Burton - I'm Traveling On And On(7", EP) Big 6 Records 543 US Unknown Sell This Version
139 Jay Johnson (24) - Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley album art Jay Johnson (24), Nelson Young, Texas Slim (4) Jay Johnson (24), Nelson Young, Texas Slim (4) - Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley(7", EP) Big 6 Records 139 US Unknown Sell This Version