Personalities | Pete Johnson | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, 1904–67)

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Kermit Holden Johnson teamed up with Big Joe Turner at the Sunset Café in the early 1930s and went to New York for the Spirituals To Swing concert in 1938. He recorded with Turner for Vocalion (the famous ‘Roll ’Em Pete’), as well as alone and with Albert Ammons and Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis. Beginning in 1944, he recorded for Brunswick, National, Apollo and Swingtime, and was often featured with Turner. He suffered a heart attack in 1958 and was only sporadically active after that.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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