Billiken Johnson

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Notes: Billiken Johnson was known not for singing or speaking but for braying-mule, kazoo, and train-whistle imitations and other vocal effects. Name sometimes listed as "Billikin" Johnson.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W145322 10-in. 12/3/1927 Sun beam blues Fred Adams ; Billiken Johnson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano, tuba, and vocal effects vocalist  
Columbia W145323 10-in. 12/3/1927 Interurban blues Fred Adams ; Billiken Johnson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano, tuba, and vocal effects vocalist  
Columbia W147576 10-in. 12/6/1928 Tom cat blues Bobbie Cadillac Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, guitar, piano, and vocal effects vocalist  
Columbia W147606 10-in. 12/8/1928 Frisco blues Billiken Johnson ; Neal Roberts Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano and vocal effects vocalist  
Columbia W147607 10-in. 12/8/1928 Wild Jack blues Billiken Johnson ; Neal Roberts Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano and vocal effects vocalist  
Columbia W149538 10-in. 12/5/1929 Elm Street blues Texas Bill Day ; Billiken Johnson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar, piano, and vocal effects vocalist  
Columbia W149539 10-in. 12/5/1929 Billiken's weary blues Texas Bill Day ; Billiken Johnson Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar, piano, and vocal effects vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Billiken," accessed September 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107168.

Johnson, Billiken. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107168.

"Johnson, Billiken." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107168

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