J. C. Johnson

Jay Cee Johnson (September 14, 1896 – February 27, 1981), usually known as J. C. Johnson and in some sources, mistakenly, as James C. Johnson (not to be confused with his near-contemporary James P. Johnson), was an American pianist and songwriter, best known for his collaborations with Fats Waller and Bessie Smith.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 14, 1896, Died February 27, 1981

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, lyricist, songwriter, vocalist, adapter

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 173 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-6608 12-in. 11/19/1908 Hail blessed Mary Evan Williams Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra adapter  
Victor BVE-36069 10-in. 8/27/1926 Goin' crazy with the blues Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-36070 10-in. 8/27/1926 Sweet Virginia blues Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-36081 10-in. 8/31/1926 What have you done to make me feel this way Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor BVE-36082 10-in. 8/31/1926 I once was yours, I'm somebody else's now Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-43138 10-in. 3/12/1928 When Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus composer  
Victor BVE-43667 10-in. 4/23/1928 Louisiana Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus composer  
Victor BVE-45647 10-in. 6/19/1928 Dusky stevedore Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal duet composer  
Victor BVE-47538 10-in. 9/20/1928 Dusky stevedore The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-47719 10-in. 10/8/1928 Take your tomorrow (and give me today) Edwin J. McEnelly Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
Victor BVE-59141 10-in. 2/3/1930 Trav'lin' all alone McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; George Thomas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal chorus composer, lyricist  
Victor BRC-69636 10-in. 5/21/1931 Dip your brush in sunshine (And keep on painting away) Wally Ashby ; Memphis Ramblers ; Snooks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73342 10-in. 8/31/1932 Three kisses Eliot Everett Orchestra ; James Harkins Jazz/dance band (take 3); with male vocal solo (takes 1 and 2) composer  
Victor BS-75104 10-in. 1/27/1933 Honey, do Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-75424 10-in. 4/24/1933 Dusky stevedore Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-78306 10-in. 10/23/1933 That's how rhythm was born Roy Bargy ; Al Dary ; Peggy Healy Female vocal solo, with 2 pianos and instrumental trio composer  
Victor BS-82513 10-in. 5/10/1934 Don't let your love go wrong Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-83821 10-in. 8/3/1934 Don't let your love go wrong Jean Egart ; Perry Bechtel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-84922 10-in. 11/7/1934 Believe it, beloved Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92272 10-in. 6/17/1935 Love and kisses Jack Shilkret Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92565 10-in. 7/5/1935 Love and kisses Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92971 10-in. 8/14/1935 Rhythm and romance California Ramblers ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92994 10-in. 8/20/1935 Rhythm and romance Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-95530 10-in. 10/19/1935 You stayed away too long California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-98176 10-in. 11/29/1935 You stayed away too long Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
(Results 1-25 of 173 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, J. C.," accessed February 27, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102868.

Johnson, J. C.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102868.

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