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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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  Crossing Jordan (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Murder in the Rue Morgue (2005) ... (performer: "Tanqueray" - uncredited) / (writer: "Tanqueray" - uncredited)
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 1996 Dancing in the Street (TV Series documentary)
- Whole Lotta Shakin' (1996) ... Himself
 1993-1995 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
Himself - Musical Guest
- Larry King/Jeff Garlin/Johnnie Johnson (1995) ... Himself - Musical Guest
 1995 Rock & Roll (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- In the Groove (1995) ... Himself
- Renegades (1995) ... Himself
 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)
 2015 Keith Richards: Under the Influence (Documentary)
Himself (uncredited)

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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".


Also performed with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 in the "sidemen" category. See more »

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