Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson (January 1896 – November 1, 1956) was an American Delta blues musician who recorded in the late 1920s and was known for his eerie falsetto voice and intricate guitar playing. He was unrelated to the blues musician Robert Johnson.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1896 (Terry), Died November 1st, 1956 (Crystal Springs)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist, composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41836 10-in. 2/3/1928 Cool drink of water blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-41837 10-in. 2/3/1928 Big road blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-41838 10-in. 2/4/1928 Bye bye blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-41839 10-in. 2/4/1928 Maggie Campbell blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-45462 10-in. 8/31/1928 Canned heat blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45463 10-in. 8/31/1928 Lonesome home blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45464 10-in. 8/31/1928 Louisiana blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
Victor BVE-45465 10-in. 8/31/1928 Big fat mamma blues Tommy Johnson Male vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist, composer  
OKeh S-72833 10-in. 9/16/1924 I got the crying blues Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
OKeh S-72834 10-in. 9/19/1924 I ain't got no man Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
OKeh S-72835 10-in. 9/22/1924 Blues, please go away Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  
OKeh S-72836 10-in. 9/22/1924 Come back, daddy, and ease my aching heart Sara Martin Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Tommy," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105594.

Johnson, Tommy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105594.

"Johnson, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105594

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