Lonnie Johnson: Portraits In Blues (Volume 6) (LP)
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Lonnie Johnson – Portraits In Blues Volume 6
"Portraits In Blues Vol. 6" - Lonnie Johnson (voc, g); Otis Spann (p)
Blues guitar simply would not have developed in the manner that it did if not for the prolific brilliance of Lonnie Johnson. He was there to help define the instrument's future within the genre and the genre's future itself at the very beginning, his melodic conception so far advanced from most of his pre-war peers as to inhabit a plane all his own. For more than 40 years, Johnson played blues, jazz, and ballads his way; he was a true blues originator whose influence hung heavy on a host of subsequent blues immortals.
Johnson's influence was massive, touching everyone from Robert Johnson, whose seminal approach bore strong resemblance to that of his older namesake, to Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, who each paid heartfelt tribute with versions of "Tomorrow Night" while at Sun.
Recording: October 1963 in Copenhagen, Denmark in mono