LONNIE JOHNSON

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A hugely influential and original blues musician in the early 1900s, often crossing over into jazz.

Blues guitar simply would not have developed in the manner that it did if not for the prolific brilliance of Lonnie Johnson. He was there to help define the instrument's future within the genre and the genre's future itself at the very beginning, his melodic conception so far advanced from most of his prewar peers as to inhabit a plane all his own. For more than 40 years, Johnson played blues, jazz, and ballads his way; he was a true blues originator whose influence hung heavy on a host of subsequent blues immortals.

Johnson's extreme versatility doubtless stemmed in great part from growing up in the musically diverse Crescent City. Violin caught his ear initially, but he eventually made the guitar his passion, developing a style so fluid and inexorably melodic that instrumental backing seemed superfluous.
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1947-481947-48
Classics 2008
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Collection: 1925-52Collection: 1925-52
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4 Classic Albums (Blues By Lonnie Johnson / Idle Hours / Blues And Ballads / Losing Game)4 Classic Albums (Blues By Lonnie Johnson / Idle Hours / Blues And Ballads / Losing Game)
AVID ROOTS 2016
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Pioneers of the Jazz Guitar / VariousPioneers of the Jazz Guitar / Various
Yazoo Records 1992
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Blues & BalladsBlues & Ballads
Original Blues Classics 1990
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Original Guitar WizardOriginal Guitar Wizard
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Proper Box UK 2005
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Blues, Ballads And Jumpin' JazzBlues, Ballads And Jumpin' Jazz
Original Blues Classics 1994
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Best ofBest of
Collectables 2005
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LONNIE JOHNSON Blues By Lonnie Johnson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues By Lonnie Johnson
Blues 1960
LONNIE JOHNSON Lonnie Johnson With Elmer Snowden ‎: Blues & Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lonnie Johnson With Elmer Snowden ‎: Blues & Ballads
Blues 1960
LONNIE JOHNSON Losing Game album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Losing Game
Blues 1961
LONNIE JOHNSON Lonnie Johnson With Victoria Spivey : Idle Hours album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lonnie Johnson With Victoria Spivey : Idle Hours
Blues 1962
LONNIE JOHNSON Another Night To Cry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Another Night To Cry
Blues 1962
LONNIE JOHNSON Lonnie Johnson With Otis Spann ‎: See See Rider (aka Portraits In Blues Vol. 6) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lonnie Johnson With Otis Spann ‎: See See Rider (aka Portraits In Blues Vol. 6)
Blues 1964
LONNIE JOHNSON Sings 24 Twelve Bar Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sings 24 Twelve Bar Blues
Blues 1966
LONNIE JOHNSON Swingin' The Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swingin' The Blues
Blues 1966
LONNIE JOHNSON Mr. Trouble Blues And Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Trouble Blues And Ballads
Blues 1982
LONNIE JOHNSON Tears Don't Fall No More Blues And Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tears Don't Fall No More Blues And Ballads
Blues 1982
LONNIE JOHNSON Lonnie Johnson With Elmer Snowden ‎: Blues, Ballads, And Jumpin' Jazz - Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lonnie Johnson With Elmer Snowden ‎: Blues, Ballads, And Jumpin' Jazz - Vol. 2
Blues 1990
LONNIE JOHNSON The Unsung Blues Legend: The Living Room Session album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Unsung Blues Legend: The Living Room Session
Blues 2000

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