George W. Johnson

Real Name:
George Washington Johnson
Profile:
(1846 - 1914) American comedian and whistler, born in slavery; the first Black to become widely known as a recording artist. Johnson had a small repertoire that he performed and recorded extensively in the 1890s. Five pieces were recorded, beginning in 1892 for New Jersey Phonograph Co. "The Whistling Coon", "The Laughing Song", "Laughing Coon" and "Whistling Girl", constituted his principal menu. They were made over and over again, for E. Berliner's Gramophone, Bettini, Columbia, Kansas City Talking Machine Co., Chicago Talking Machine Co., U.S. Everlasting Record, Zonophone Record, Victor and others. A fifth number , recorded only for Berliner, was the "Mocking Bird." The story that Johnson had been hanged for murdering his wife was disproved by Walsh, who documented that Johnson had been acquitted of that charge.

b. Jan 1846, on a plantation in Virginia, USA
d. 23 January, 1914, New York, USA
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George W. Johnson - The Laughing Song album art George W. Johnson The Laughing Song (Single) E. Berliner's Gramophone US 1896 Sell This Version
403 George W. Johnson The Mocking Bird(Shellac, 7", S/Sided) E. Berliner's Gramophone 403 US 1896 Sell This Version
196Z George W. Johnson - Whistling Coon album art George W. Johnson Whistling Coon(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, Single) E. Berliner's Gramophone 196Z US 1897 Sell This Version
644 George W. Johnson - Minstrels / The Laughing Song album art Unknown Artist / George W. Johnson Unknown Artist / George W. Johnson - Minstrels / The Laughing Song(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Columbia 644 US 1902 Sell This Version
A297 George W. Johnson - Negro Laughing Song / Little Alabama Coon album art George W. Johnson / George J. Gaskin George W. Johnson / George J. Gaskin - Negro Laughing Song / Little Alabama Coon(Shellac, 10") Columbia A297 US 1908 Sell This Version

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