Tommy Johnson

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Delta blues guitarist and singer, known for his distinctive falsetto singing.
Born: January 1896 on George Miller's Plantation near Terry, Hinds County, Mississippi
Died: November 1, 1956 in Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi

Johnson was a hell-raiser who could belt out the blues with a wide vocal range, from a low throaty snarl to a high falsetto. He had a dramatic flair in performance similar to his contemporary, Delta blues king Charley Patton, and in the early, pre-Robert Johnson days his influence on the genre was second only to that of Patton and Son House. He was not a virtuoso on the guitar, but had an original, evocative style, well-matched to his theatrical delivery. Johnson significantly influenced blues greats Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk and especially Howlin' Wolf, who would carry on and even outdo the Patton/Johnson tradition of incendiary, down-and-dirty showmanship. Johnson was also the quintessential blues bad boy, with a penchant for rampant womanizing and for alcohol, the latter of which led him to drastic extremes. He was known to down denatured alcohol, used for artificial heat, when the real thing wasn't available, a habit he documented in his original song "Canned Heat," from which the 1960s blues-rock band Canned Heat took its name. Johnson died of a heart attack after playing at a local party in 1956. Johnson only recorded for two years, from 1928 to 1930. Although, he only left behind a small collection of recordings, they were outstanding, almost all of which to became classics.

Essential listening: "Maggie Campbell," "Big Road Blues," "Cool Drink of Water" and "Canned Heat"
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Singles & EPs

21409 Bye Bye Blues / Maggie Campbell Blues — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson Bye Bye Blues / Maggie Campbell Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 21409 US 1928 Vender esta versión
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21279 Cool Drink Of Water Blues / Big Road Blues — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson Cool Drink Of Water Blues / Big Road Blues(Shellac, 10") Victor 21279 US 1928 Vender esta versión
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none Lonesome Home Blues — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson Lonesome Home Blues(Shellac, 10", S/Sided, TP) Victor none US 1929 Vender esta versión
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V-38535 Canned Heat Blues / Big Fat Mama Blues — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson Canned Heat Blues / Big Fat Mama Blues(Shellac, 10", RP) Victor V-38535 US 1930 Vender esta versión
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12950 Alcohol And Jake Blues / Ridin' Horse — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson Alcohol And Jake Blues / Ridin' Horse(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12950 US 1930 Vender esta versión
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12975 Slidin' Delta / I Wonder To Myself — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson Slidin' Delta / I Wonder To Myself(Shellac, 10") Paramount 12975 US 1930 Vender esta versión
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Compilations

RL-330 The Famous 1928 Session — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson & Ishman Bracey Tommy Johnson & Ishman Bracey - The Famous 1928 Session (Comp) Roots (2) RL-330 Austria 1969 Vender esta versión
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WSE 104 (1928-30) Complete Recordings In Chronological Order — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson (1928-30) Complete Recordings In Chronological Order (Comp, Album) Wolf Records (2) WSE 104 Austria 1983 Vender esta versión
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BT2010 1928-1930 — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson / Sleepy John Estes Tommy Johnson / Sleepy John Estes - 1928-1930(LP, Comp) Swingtime BT2010 Italy 1989 Vender esta versión
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KATCD118 Tommy Johnson & Associates — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson & Associates(CD, Comp) Catfish Records KATCD118 UK 1999 Vender esta versión
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JSP7715 Legends Of Country Blues (The Complete Pre-War Recordings Of) — Tommy Johnson Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey* Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey* - Legends Of Country Blues (The Complete Pre-War Recordings Of)(5xCD, Comp, RM) JSP Records JSP7715 UK 2003 Vender esta versión
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DOCD-5001 The Complete Recorded Works Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesman In Chronological Order — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson The Complete Recorded Works Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesman In Chronological Order(CD, Album, Comp) Document Records (2) DOCD-5001 UK 2007 Vender esta versión
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none Blues Masters — Tommy Johnson Blind Willie Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Skip James Blind Willie Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Skip James - Blues Masters(CD, Comp) , EMI none Greece 2012 Vender esta versión
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PCD-2260 King Of The Blues 5 — Tommy Johnson Tommy Johnson King Of The Blues 5(CD, Comp, RE, Dig) P-Vine Records PCD-2260 Japan Unknown Vender esta versión