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.

He was born in Chicago, and moved to New York City in the early 1920s. He began working as a session pianist with singer Ethel Waters, who sang his first recorded song as a writer, "You Can't Do What My Last Man Did" in 1923. He then diversified into songwriting, working with lyricists including Henry Creamer and Andy Razaf. Waters recorded several more J.C. Johnson songs and collaborations, including the first version of "Trav'lin All Alone", subsequently recorded by dozens of artists including Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine. By 1928 he had begun working with Fats Waller, often contributing lyrics to Waller's music. His first song with Waller was "I'm "Goin Huntin", written in 1927 and recorded by Louie Armstrong, and together they wrote a Broadway show, Keep Shufflin'. (The preceding information is wrong. It was James P. Johnson who co-wrote "Keep Shufflin" with Fats Waller. James P. and J.C. were often confused for each other, and were friends via Fats Waller. The above illustrates how James P. and J.C. continue to be confused with each other.) About this time, he also reportedly used the pseudonym Harry Burke, who was originally credited as the writer of the song "Me and My Gin", recorded in 1928 by Bessie Smith and later recorded by many artists under the title "Gin House Blues" (with the composition later often credited, apparently in error, to Fletcher Henderson). In 1929, he took part as a musician in a collaboration between Italian-American guitarist Eddie Lang and the blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson, together with King Oliver and Hoagy Carmichael, which was given the name "Blind Willie Dunn & His Gin Bottle Four" in order to disguise the inter-racial nature of the group. Among the many artists in the 20s and 30s who sang and recorded his tunes were Ella Fitzgerald, whose first three recorded songs were co-written by Johnson, Connie Boswell, Mamie Smith, Clarence Williams, and Lonnie Johnson. J.C. also had his own band, J.C. Johnson and his Five Hot Sparks and played piano on many other artists' recordings.

In 1930, he wrote a flop Broadway musical, Change Your Luck, which starred Hamtree Harrington and Alberta Hunter. He had greater success, however, in writing songs for Bessie Smith - including "Black Mountain Blues", "Haunted House Blues", and "Empty Bed Blues" (later recorded by LaVern Baker) - and for Fats Waller - including "Believe It, Beloved", "Rhythm and Romance", and "You Stayed Away Too Long". Some of his songs in this period, including two hits for the Boswell Sisters, "That's How Rhythm Was Born" and "Don't Let Your Love Go Wrong", were written in collaboration with Nat Burton and George Whiting. He also worked with Fats Waller and Andy Razaf both separately and together, the three being co-credited for one of Waller's biggest hits, "The Joint Is Jumpin'". Johnson also wrote for Chick Webb's band, which at the time featured singer Ella Fitzgerald, his compositions including "Spinnin' the Webb", "Crying My Heart Out for You", and "You Can't Be Mine (And Someone Else's Too)".

During World War II, Johnson volunteered as an ambulance driver for the U.S. Army. During this time, he and Andy Razaf wrote "Yankee Doodle Tan", honoring the African American soldiers of World War Two, which appeared in the movie Hit Parade of 1943. After Waller's death in 1943, Johnson moved to St. Albans, Queens. He wrote for the Ink Spots and for a time acted as their manager. In the early 1950s, he created theatrical shows including The Year Round, which played in Harlem and was notable for being one of the first shows that Brock Peters performed in (under the name of George Fisher); and, in 1953, Jazz Train. After first playing in a night club at 49th and Broadway, it was taken to London's West End, where it was retooled into a large musical review, playing the Piccadilly Theatre and two command performances for the Queen, before touring England and Europe for three years.

Johnson then moved to the village of Wurtsboro in upstate New York. In the 1970s, he enjoyed the renewed interest in his songs, which appeared in many movies and revues and were recorded by artists such as Bette Midler, Bobby Short and Della Reese. He died February 27, 1981, at the age of 84.

In the fall of 2010, the New York Music Theater Festival presented Trav'lin, a new romantic musical featuring 20 songs written by J.C. Johnson.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1941

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

Notes: Pseudonym for J. C. Johnson.

Recordings

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 composer, instrumentalist, piano  
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 composer, instrumentalist, piano  
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  
Victor BS-102346 10-in. 7/7/1936 Without a shadow of a doubt Connie McLean Rhythm Orchestra ; Alex Miller Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-014645 10-in. 10/7/1937 How can I? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-014646 10-in. 10/7/1937 The joint is jumping Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-014648 10-in. 10/7/1937 What will I do in the morning? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-014649 10-in. 10/7/1937 How ya baby? Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-022435 10-in. 4/12/1938 Hold my hand Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-022436 10-in. 4/12/1938 Inside (This heart of mine) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-026861 10-in. 9/12/1938 You can't be mine (And someone else's too) Gray Gordon ; Shirley Lane ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-027294 10-in. 10/13/1938 Yacht club swing Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-030368 10-in. 12/7/1938 The spider and the fly Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-030369 10-in. 12/7/1938 Patty cake, patty cake (Baker man) Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-032948 10-in. 3/9/1939 Remember who you're promised to Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-035031 10-in. 3/15/1939 Patty cake, patty cake (Baker man) Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Kathleen Lane Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-036519 10-in. 4/22/1939 Don't let your love go wrong Johnny Fenton ; Swamp Stompers Jazz/dance band, with vocal composer  
Victor BS-044601 10-in. 1/12/1940 Black Maria Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-067948 10-in. 10/1/1941 That gets it, Mr. Joe Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor [Trial 1928-02-14-02] 10-in. 2/14/1928 When Larney Young Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81348 10-in. 11/10/1923 Papa don't you mean your mamma no good Bessie Brown ; Fletcher Henderson ; George W. Williams Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 81352 10-in. 11/14/1923 The gal ain't born who can treat me like you do Fletcher Henderson ; George W. Williams Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter  
Columbia 81466 10-in. 1/9/1924 Haunted house blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 81469 10-in. 1/9/1924 Eavesdropper's blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano composer  
Columbia 81539 10-in. 2/8/1924 I won't stand no leaving now Alexander Brown ; George W. Williams Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W142615 10-in. 9/14/1926 Take what you want Ethel Waters ; Pearl Wright Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W142650 10-in. 9/18/1926 We don't need each other any more Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet composer  
Columbia W142651 10-in. 9/18/1926 My special friend is back in town Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia W142715 10-in. 10/2/1926 Texas man Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer") composer  
Columbia W144404 10-in. 6/28/1927 Big Ben Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer  
Columbia W144956 10-in. 11/4/1927 Empty arms Andy Razaf Male vocal solo, with piano and organ instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia W144957 10-in. 11/4/1927 All the world is lonely (For a little blackbird) Andy Razaf Male vocal solo, with piano and organ instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia W145299 10-in. 12/12/1927 Long time men Willie Jackson Male vocal solo, with alto saxophone and piano instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Columbia W145400 10-in. 12/12/1927 Corn and bunion blues Willie Jackson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W145694 10-in. 2/29/1928 When Ben Selvin and his Orchestra ; Frank Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 145708 10-in. 3/2/1928 When Ernie Golden and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W145785 10-in. 3/20/1928 Empty bed blues Porter Grainger ; Charlie Green ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia W145786 10-in. 3/20/1928 Empty bed blues Porter Grainger ; Charlie Green ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia W146398 10-in. 6/5/1928 Explaining J. C. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia W146399 10-in. 6/5/1928 You'll come back to me J. C. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia W146553 10-in. 6/18/1928 I ain't got nobody (And nobody cares for me) Roy Evans Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146554 10-in. 6/18/1928 Dusky stevedore Roy Evans Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia 146592 10-in. 6/28/1928 Dusky stevedore Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia 146763 10-in. 7/21/1928 Drowsy moonlight Frank Wallace Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 146764 10-in. 7/21/1928 Swanee blue jay Frank Wallace Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146871 10-in. 8/21/1928 Lonesome swallow James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W146872 10-in. 8/21/1928 Guess who's in town James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W146874 10-in. 8/21/1928 Do what you did last night James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W146884 10-in. 8/23/1928 My baby sure knows how to love Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146897 10-in. 8/25/1928 Me and my gin Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W146898 10-in. 8/27/1928 Louisiana Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble composer  
Columbia W146923 10-in. 8/28/1928 Mama's well has done gone dry Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146924 10-in. 8/28/1928 I ain't your hen, Mister Fly Rooster Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146926 10-in. 8/29/1928 Dusky stevedore Joe Herbert ; Andy Razaf Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Columbia 146932 10-in. 8/30/1928 Take your to-morrow (And give me to-day) Jim Andrews ; Arthur Ross and his Westerners Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W146941 10-in. 9/4/1928 Take your tomorrow (And give me today) Roy Evans Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W146962 10-in. 9/7/1928 Dusky stevedore Joe Davis ; Playboys ; Thelma Terry Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W147010 10-in. 9/17/1928 Explaining J. C. Johnson Male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia W147011 10-in. 9/17/1928 Good things come to those who wait J. C. Johnson Male vocal solo, with violin and piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia 147059 10-in. 9/25/1928 Dusky stevedore Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with violin, alto saxophone, and piano composer  
Columbia W147107 10-in. 10/5/1928 How long—how long blues Sonny Porter Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W147108 10-in. 10/5/1928 Deck hand blues Sonny Porter Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W147484 10-in. 11/23/1928 Someone's teaching me how to forget Roy Evans Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W147485 10-in. 11/23/1928 Sweet Louisiana Louise Roy Evans Male vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W147773 10-in. 1/11/1929 If you really love your baby Viola McCoy Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer  
Columbia W148109 10-in. 3/20/1929 You can't sleep in my bed Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W148110 10-in. 3/20/1929 Daddy you got ev'rything Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W148225 10-in. 4/10/1929 Wobble it a little, daddy Lillian Glinn Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer  
Columbia W148226 10-in. 4/10/1929 Black man blues Lillian Glinn Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer  
Columbia W148418 10-in. 5/4/1929 Tell the South George Bias Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Columbia W148725 10-in. 6/20/1929 Old forsaken blues Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W148726 10-in. 6/20/1929 All around mama Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W148799 10-in. 7/11/1929 Trav'lin' all alone Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Columbia W148823 10-in. 7/18/1929 My particular man Alberta Hunter Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia W148824 10-in. 7/18/1929 Can you do that to me Pigmeat Pete and Catjuice Charlie Male vocal duet, with guitar composer  
Columbia W148923 10-in. 8/24/1929 Black dog blues Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, guitar, and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W148924 10-in. 8/24/1929 Fire and thunder blues Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, guitar, and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W148972 10-in. 9/4/1929 Breath and breeches Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano composer  
Columbia W149106 10-in. 10/7/1929 Peddlin' man Liza Brown Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia W149107 10-in. 10/7/1929 If papa has outside lovin' Liza Brown Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano lyricist, composer  
Columbia W149455 10-in. 10/31/1929 Daddy, you're a low-down man Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W149456 10-in. 10/31/1929 Unhappy blues Mary Dixon Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W149634 10-in. 12/31/1929 You'll regret J. C. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano composer, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia W149635 10-in. 12/31/1929 Ev'rybody seems to have somebody but me J. C. Johnson Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Columbia W150657 10-in. 7/22/1930 Hustlin' Dan Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer  
Columbia W150684 10-in. 8/1/1930 Why can't you do it now? Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W150685 10-in. 8/1/1930 Low land moan Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W150767 10-in. 9/5/1930 Big Ben Bennett's Swamplanders Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W150768 10-in. 9/5/1930 You can't be mine and someone else's too Bennett's Swamplanders Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W150769 10-in. 9/5/1930 Jet black blues Bennett's Swamplanders Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W150783 10-in. 9/9/1930 Woman to woman Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W150810 10-in. 9/16/1930 Take your tomorrow Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra [Lloyd Keating and his Music] ; Freddy Mark Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W150811 10-in. 9/16/1930 Guess who's in town (Nobody but that gal of mine) Bill Coty ; Hotel Pennsylvania Music [Lloyd Keating and his Music] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W151513 10-in. 4/13/1931 Dip your brush in the sunshine (And keep on painting away) Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W151690 10-in. 7/17/1931 What's your price? Lena Wilson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer  
Columbia W152292 10-in. 8/29/1932 Somebody loses—somebody wins Three Keys Male vocal trio, with guitar and piano composer  
OKeh S-71512 10-in. May 1923 From now on blues Eva Taylor ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh S-71675 10-in. July 1923 You can't do what my last man did Mamie Smith Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
OKeh 73925 10-in. Jan. 1926 I've learned to do without you now Louise Vant Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quartet lyricist, composer  
OKeh W81869 10-in. 11/26/1927 If Papa has outside lovin' Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
OKeh W81870 10-in. 11/26/1927 Do what you did last night Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
OKeh W81871 10-in. 11/26/1927 Everybody does it now Helen Humes Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W81877 10-in. 11/27/1927 Rock pile blues Sylvester Weaver Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars composer, lyricist  
OKeh W82043 10-in. 12/12/1927 Low land moan Lonnie Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar composer, lyricist  
OKeh W400828 10-in. 6/26/1928 Empty bed blues Elizabeth Johnson Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh W400829 10-in. 6/26/1928 Empty bed blues Elizabeth Johnson Female vocal solo, with cornet and piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh W400975 10-in. 6/30/1928 Been some changes made (Since you've been gone) Butterbeans & Susie Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer  
OKeh W400990 10-in. 7/5/1928 Dusky stevedore Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble composer  
OKeh W401116 10-in. 9/14/1928 Take your tomorrow (And give me to-day) Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W401117 10-in. 9/14/1928 Dusky stevedore Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W401133 10-in. 9/20/1928 Take your to-morrow (And give me to-day) Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with dialogue and male vocal solo composer  
OKeh W401139 10-in. 9/21/1928 Louisiana Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W401622 10-in. 2/18/1929 It feels so good Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W401623 10-in. 2/18/1929 It feels so good Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W401730 10-in. 3/19/1929 Death is on your track Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams Male vocal duet, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W401748 10-in. 3/26/1929 Big gorilla man Gladys Bentley Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh W401749 10-in. 3/26/1929 Red beans and rice Gladys Bentley Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
OKeh W401842 10-in. 5/1/1929 Jet black blues Blind Willie Dunn ; Gin Bottle Four Jazz dance ensemble, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W401843 10-in. 5/1/1929 Blue blood blues Blind Willie Dunn ; Gin Bottle Four Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W401981 10-in. 5/24/1929 It feels so good Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W401982 10-in. 5/24/1929 It feels so good Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams Male vocal duet, with piano and guitar instrumentalist, piano  
OKeh W403002 10-in. 9/28/1929 It sure is nice Swan and Lee Male vocal duet, with guitar composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 10829 10-in. 6/13/1923 You can’t do what my last man did Minerva Green Female vocal solo, with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick E27773 10-in. 6/26/1928 Dusky stevedore Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick IND643 10-in. 6/21/1928 When Charlie Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick C2107 10-in. 7/21/1928 Dusky stevedore Louisiana Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C2216 10-in. 8/13/1928 Dusky stevedore Louisiana Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C6125 10-in. Aug. 1930 Trav’lin’ all alone Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C6856 10-in. 12/17/1930 Unhappy blues Georgia Tom ; Tampa Red Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano composer  
Brunswick C7301 10-in. 1/12/1931 Trav’lin’ all alone Jimmie Noone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C787-C788 10-in. 4/21/1927 I’m goin’ huntin’ Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards Instrumental quartet composer  
Brunswick C1788-C1789 10-in. 3/24/1928 Louisiana Ruth Muse Female vocal solo, with piano, violin, and cello composer  
Brunswick E27912 10-in. 7/30/1928 Dusky stevedore Mary Dixon Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E28325 10-in. 10/1/1928 Take your tomorrow (And give me today) Alice Morley Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick E28330 10-in. 10/4/1928 Take your tomorrow (And give me today) Grace Johnston Female vocal solo, with trumpet solo and orchestra composer  
Brunswick E28360 10-in. 10/17/1928 Louisiana Cotton Club Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E28369 10-in. approximately Oct. 1928 Dusky stevedore Mills Merry Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E28476 10-in. 10/16/1928 Dusky stevedore Clevelanders ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick E28477 10-in. 10/16/1928 Guess who’s in town (Nobody but that gal of mine) Clevelanders ; Dick Robertson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick E28682 10-in. approximately Nov. 1928 Louisiana The Cross Roads Inn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal composer  
Brunswick E26730-E26732 10-in. 2/29/1928 When Kenn Sisson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) composer  
Edison 11980 10-in. 10/24/1927 My special friend (Is back in town) Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 18549 10-in. 5/29/1928 Louisiana Duke Yellman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 18570 10-in. 6/7/1928 Dusky stevedore Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison 18696 10-in. 8/31/1928 Take your to-morrow (And give me to-day) Melville Morris ; Piccadilly Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Edison 19045 10-in. 2/13/1929 Guess who's in town? Al Friedman Orchestra ; Tommy Weir Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison N-293 10-in. 6/7/1928 Dusky stevedore Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Edison N-736 10-in. 2/13/1929 Guess who's in town? Al Friedman Orchestra ; Tommy Weir Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  

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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, J. C.," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102868.

Johnson, J. C.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102868.

"Johnson, J. C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

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