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 51-75 of 173 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 composer, instrumentalist, piano  
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 [California Ramblers] 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 lyricist, composer  
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  
(Results 51-75 of 173 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, J. C.," accessed June 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102868.

Johnson, J. C.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102868.

"Johnson, J. C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 June 2024.

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