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Johnnie Johnson (I) (1924–2005)

Early rock pioneer Johnnie Johnwon was born in West Virginia in 1924. He taught himself to play piano as a youth. When World War II broke out he moved to Detroit, Michigan, to get a job in the defense plants there. In 1943 he joined the US Marines and played in a Marine "big and" that toured and performed in the Pacific theater. When the war ended... See full bio »

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 1995 Rock & Roll (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1992 The Full Moon Show (TV Series documentary)
- Chicago & the American Heartland (1992) ... Himself
 1992 John Lee Hooker and Friends (TV Movie)
 1991 Eric Clapton: 24 Nights (TV Special documentary)
Himself - Piano
 1987 Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (Documentary)
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  Johnnie Be Good (announced)

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I'd just get there in time for the show, and Chuck [Chuck Berry] would be shakin' his head, askin' me, "Why can't you just be good, Johnnie? Stay with us".


Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Good" was a tribute to Johnson. See more »

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