Lorraine Johnson

Lorraine Johnson

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Lorraine Johnson
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Female R&B, Gospel singer from Huntsville, Alabama.

Lorraine Johnson was born on January 26, 1949 in Hunstville, Alabama. One of seven children, her parents ascribed to the Primitive Baptist Universalist Church beliefs and sang in the choir at a very young age learning the true gospel traditions. She continued in gospel and founded "The Mellowtone Gospel Singers" performing in and around Huntsville and became very well known throughout the gospel circuit in the early 1960's. Signed to Deliverance Records, she recorded the "God's Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today" in 1971. Soon, like Aretha Franklin, she began to include R&B in her repertoire, her first commercial single was issued by Atlantic Records in 1973, " If You Want Me To Be More Of A Woman, You've Got To Be More Of A Man" b/w "Can I Hold You To It". This led to her gigs doing background vocals for various Muscle Shoals studios and at some point in the mid 1970's, met Moses Dillard and Jesse Boyce. Dillard had a career in R&B along with his brother Joshua and was issuing singles as early at 1967. Boyce was a producer, songwriter and musician, proficient on keyboards and bass. Signed to Prelude Records, Lorraine set about recording her debut single for that label, "The More I Get The More I Want", a song writteh by McFadden and Whitehead along with Victor Carstarphan, a member of MFSB. That extended single was Prelude's third disco release along with Bill Brandon's "We Fell In Love While Dancing" on a very rare promotional 12" single, but did not chart. Teddy Pendergrass had recorded the song that same year and the album it was included on, "Teddy Pendergrass" peaked at #7 on the Disco charts in 1977...perhaps that is why her single underperformed but it became an underground classic as a result. She continued doing background gigs and ended up working with Dillard & Boyce on their Saturday Night Band studio band who hit big with "Come On Dance, Dance/Touch Me On My Hot Spot" a certified disco smash that peaked at #2 in April, 1978. Confidence restored, the trio began work on her second LP, "Learning To Dance All Over Again" that contained her biggest solo hit ever, "Feed The Flame" which in remixed version peaked at #11 in November of 1978. Disco was supposed to break the color bar in music, but a misguided attempt to commercialize Lorraine led to an album cover that featured a skinny blonde disco dancer instead of her black, earthy beauty. The guise fooled many, even Joel Whitburn who notes that Lorraine is a "White disco singer from Canada". This sort of thing in NEVER a good idea, whoever did that definitely set the wrong example..I wonder how Lorraine felt when she found that out. She kept working with Dillard & Boyce for the second Saturday Night Band LP, "Keep Those Lovers Dancing" featuring Lorraine Johnson but it did not give up any hits. By 1979, she was back to sessions on notable singles like LTD's - Dance 'N' Sing 'N' and Les McCann's "Tall, Dark And Handsome". She returned to her gospel roots in 1980, becoming disenchanted with secular music and was released from her contract. She put together a new gospel group called "Divine Love" along with her husband/manager Albert Brown. In the 1990's, she began to reap the rewards of gospel and was featured in the Vision Interfaith Satellite Network program "This Is The Day" that covered the history of gospel music in the US. She penned, produced and performed the song "Revival Of Hope", which was included in the program. Performing alongside other gospel stalwarts on Bobby Jones' Gospel Explosion, the Gospel Music Association's gospel tribute and the 23rd Annual Dove Awards show. She continues recording and performing her special brand of uplifting gospel music to this day.
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Lorraine Johnson Discography Tracks

Albums

DR1125 Lorraine Johnson God's Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today(LP, Album) Deliverance Records DR1125 US 1971 Sell This Version
PRL 12148 Lorraine Johnson The More You Want(LP, Album) Prelude Records PRL 12148 US 1977 Sell This Version
Lorraine Johnson Learning To Dance All Over Again (Album) Prelude Records US 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Lorraine Johnson If You Want Me To Be More Of A Woman, You've Got To Be More Of A Man / Can I Hold You To It (Single) Atlantic US 1973 Sell This Version
Bill Brandon And Lorraine Johnson Bill Brandon And Lorraine Johnson - Let's Make Our New Love Something Special / Let Me Be Your Full Time Groover (Single) Moonsong US 1973 Sell This Version
45-2967 Lorraine Johnson Can I Hold You To It(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Atlantic 45-2967 US 1973 Sell This Version
Dillard* & Johnson* Dillard* & Johnson* - Here We Go, Loving Again Piedmont US 1976 Sell This Version
Lorraine Johnson The More I Get, The More I Want (Single) Prelude Records US 1977 Sell This Version
PRL-D 152 Bill Brandon / Lorraine Johnson Bill Brandon / Lorraine Johnson - We Fell In Love While Dancing / The More I Get, The More I Want(12", Promo) Prelude Records PRL-D 152 US 1977 Sell This Version
PRL 71100 Lorraine Johnson If You Leave Me Now(7", Single, Promo, Mon) Prelude Records PRL 71100 US 1977 Sell This Version
Lorraine Johnson Feed The Flame (Single) Prelude Records US 1978 Sell This Version
SP-45-5 Constellation Orchestra / Lorraine Johnson Constellation Orchestra / Lorraine Johnson - Perfect Love Affair / I'm Learning To Dance All Over Again(12", Promo) Zafiro SP-45-5 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
P-71 Lorraine Johnson I'm Learning To Dance All Over Again(7", Promo, S/Sided) Zafiro P-71 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
Lorraine Johnson / Linda Taylor Lorraine Johnson / Linda Taylor - Feed The Flame / You And Me Just Started (Maxi) Unidisc Canada 1993 Sell This Version
SPEC-1725 Indeep / Lorraine Johnson Indeep / Lorraine Johnson - Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life (Bootleg Mix) / Feed The Flame (Bootleg Mix)(12", TP) Unidisc SPEC-1725 USA & Canada 1997 Sell This Version
City 048 Lorraine Johnson, Deep Velvet (2) Lorraine Johnson, Deep Velvet (2) - A Love Like Yours / Complain To The Clouds(7", Single) Kent Select City 048 UK 2017 Sell This Version
SPEC-1339 Lorraine Johnson / Linda Taylor / Sharon Redd Lorraine Johnson / Linda Taylor / Sharon Redd - Feed The Flame / You And Me Just Started / Beat The Street(12") Unidisc SPEC-1339 Canada Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Lorraine Johnson The More You Want & Learning To Dance All Over Again (Comp) Sequel Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
SPLK - 7372, PCD-2605 Lorraine Johnson The More You Want (CD, Comp) Prelude Records, P-Vine Records SPLK - 7372, PCD-2605 Japan 2005 Sell This Version

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