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Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson (born Kermit H. Johnson, March 25, 1904 – March 23, 1967) was an American boogie-woogie and jazz pianist.

Tony Russell stated in his book The Blues – From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray that "Johnson shared with the other members of the 'Boogie Woogie Trio' the technical virtuosity and melodic fertility that can make this the most exciting of all piano music styles, but he was more comfortable than Meade Lux Lewis in a band setting; and as an accompanist, unlike Lewis or Albert Ammons, he could sparkle but not outshine his singing partner". Scott Yanow for AllMusic, wrote: "Johnson was one of the three great boogie-woogie pianists", the others being Lewis and Ammons "whose sudden prominence in the late 1930s helped make the style very popular".

Birth and Death Data: Born March 25th, 1904 (Kansas City), Died March 23rd, 1967 (Buffalo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, songwriter, composer

Recordings (Results 26-34 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca N 1695 10-in. 2/17/1944 Answer to the boogie Pete Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca N 1696 10-in. 2/7/1944 Mr. Freddie blues Pete Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca N 1697 10-in. 2/17/1944 Zero hour Pete Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca N 1698 10-in. 2/17/1944 Bottomland boogie Pete Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca N 1699 10-in. 2/17/1944 Rock it boogie Pete Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca C 25230 10-in. 10/30/1944 It's the same old story Joe Turner instrumentalist, piano  
Decca C 25231 10-in. 10/30/1944 Rebecca Joe Turner instrumentalist, piano  
Decca C 25232 10/30/1944 Little bittie gal's blues Joe Turner instrumentalist, piano  
Decca C 25233 10/30/1944 I got a gal for every day in the week Joe Turner instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 26-34 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Pete," accessed December 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100033.

Johnson, Pete. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100033.

"Johnson, Pete." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 December 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100033

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