Lonnie Johnson

Posted: September 18, 2011 in Lonnie Johnson, Michael Hawkeye Herman, Urban blues

Author : Michael “Hawkeye” Herman

Source : http://www.thecountryblues.com/files/lonniejohnson.pdf

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“Born in New Orleans on February 8th, 1889, and one of a large and talented family, Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson played fiddle, guitar, piano, and banjo from childhood. He joined his father’s band at 14 and began playing in cafes in New Orleans. In 1917 he traveled in Europe playing in revues. When he returned home to New Orleans in 1918, he discovered that his entire family had been killed by a flu epidemic except for one brother. He and his surviving brother, James “Steady Roll” Johnson, moved to St. Louis in 1920 where Lonnie played with Charlie Creath’s Jazz-O-Maniacs and with Fate Marable in their Mississippi riverboat bands.”

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