Buddy Johnson

Real Name:
Woodrow Wilson Johnson
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American jazz and blues pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader, active from the 1930s through the 1960s.
Born January 10, 1915 in Darlington, South Carolina.
Died: February 9, 1977 in New York City, New York.

Johnson enjoyed the peak of his musical career as the leader of his big band, the Buddy Johnson Orchestra. With up to 17 members – including Johnson’s sister Ella Johnson as vocalist – the group was a favorite at New York’s Savoy Ballroom in the 1940s and 1950s, prompting Johnson to be nicknamed “King of the Savoy”. As composer and arranger, Johnson helped shape the distinctive sound of his band, fusing big band jazz with blues and creating sound that helped pave the way for Rhythm & Blues. He penned a number of chart-topping songs and recorded extensively with Decca Records, Mercury, and Roulette. Brother of Hiram Johnson.
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Albums

MG 20330 Wails — Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Wails (Album) Mercury Wing, Wing Records MG 20330 US 1959 Sell This Version
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COL-CD-5410 Go Ahead And Rock — Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Featuring Ella Johnson Buddy Johnson Featuring Ella Johnson - Go Ahead And Rock(CD, Album) Collectables COL-CD-5410 US 1991 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

W90064 Buddy Johnson I Don't Want Nobody (To Have My Love But You)/Doot Doot Dow(10") Wing W90064 US 1955 Sell This Version
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70912X45 Bring It Home To Me / You Got It Made — Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Bring It Home To Me / You Got It Made Mercury 70912X45 US 1956 Sell This Version
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71017 Why Don't Cha Stop It — Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Why Don't Cha Stop It (Single) Mercury 71017 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
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W-90074X45 Buddy's Boogie / I'll Dearly Love You — Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Buddy's Boogie / I'll Dearly Love You(7", Single) Wing Records W-90074X45 US 1956 Sell This Version
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RAT001 Why Don't Cha Stop It — Buddy Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson - Why Don't Cha Stop It(7", Single, Mono, RE) Rocatex Records RAT001 UK, Europe & US 2020 Sell This Version
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D-220 Fool / So Good — Buddy Johnson Al Matthews / Buddy* & Ella* Al Matthews / Buddy* & Ella* - Fool / So Good(7") Dora Records D-220 US Unknown Sell This Version
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COL 4813 I Don't Want Nobody (To Have My Love But You) — Buddy Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson - I Don't Want Nobody (To Have My Love But You)(7", Single, RE) Collectables COL 4813 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Compilations

JA-25 Buddy Johnson At The Savoy Ballroom 1945-1946 — Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson At The Savoy Ballroom 1945-1946 (Comp) Jazz Archives JA-25 US 1975 Sell This Version
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510 287-2 Back Beat - The Rhythm Of The Blues Vol. 3 — Buddy Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson - Back Beat - The Rhythm Of The Blues Vol. 3(CD, Comp) Mercury 510 287-2 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
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BCD 15479, BCD 15479 DH 1953 - 1964 — Buddy Johnson Buddy* And Ella Johnson Buddy* And Ella Johnson - 1953 - 1964(4xCD, Comp + Box) Bear Family Records, Bear Family Records BCD 15479, BCD 15479 DH Germany 1992 Sell This Version
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ACMCD 4028 Buddy Johnson Featuring Ella Johnson Jukebox Hits 1940-1951 — Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Buddy Johnson Featuring Ella Johnson Jukebox Hits 1940-1951(CD, Comp) Acrobat ACMCD 4028 UK 2005 Sell This Version
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263507 Rock On! The 1956-1962 Recordings — Buddy Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson Buddy* & Ella Johnson - Rock On! The 1956-1962 Recordings(CD, Comp, RM) Hoodoo Records 263507 Europe 2015 Sell This Version