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The complete output of Mary Johnson is on this single CD. The wife of blues guitarist/singer Lonnie Johnson during 1925-32 (a period when she had six children!), Mary Johnson was a fine lowdown blues singer herself. She recorded 14 selections during 1929-30, two in 1932, four in 1934, and two final numbers in 1936. She was accompanied by either Henry Brown, Judson Brown, Roosevelt Sykes, or Peetie Wheetstraw on piano, and some selections add trombonist Ike Rodgers, guitarist Tampa Red, violinist Artie Mosby, or guitarist Kokomo Arnold. None of the 22 songs became hits, but they do show off Johnson's haunting voice and expressive style. Recommended to serious blues collectors.


Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Years Active: '00s

Blues singer Mary Johnson was born Mary Williams in Mississippi's Yazoo City in 1905. Ten years later, she moved with her mother to St. Louis, where she eventually worked with many of the area's artists. She was married to bluesman Lonnie Johnson from 1925 to 1932. She also recorded with bottleneck guitar great Tampa Red, with Judson Brown, an obscure barrelhouse pianist, and with the...
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Mary Johnson 1929-1936, Mary Johnson
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music
  • Released: 15 February 1995

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