Margaret Johnson

Margaret Johnson was an American blues and early jazz vocalist and pianist.

Johnson's primary era of recording activity as a vocalist was from 1923 to 1927. Prior to this, she had worked in vaudeville. She is best known for her recording of the song, "Dead Drunk Blues". Her main output was released on the Okeh and Victor labels.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-35756 10-in. 7/9/1926 Honey, don't go away Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
Victor BVE-35757 10-in. 7/9/1926 What kind of love is that? Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-35758 10-in. 7/9/1926 Folks in New York City Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-35759 10-in. 7/9/1926 My man's done done me dirty Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
Victor BVE-36846 10-in. 10/20/1926 When a 'gator holler, folks say it's a sign of rain Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-36847 10-in. 10/20/1926 Graysom Street blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-37680 10-in. 2/14/1927 Good woman blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and harmonica vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-37681 10-in. 2/14/1927 Second-handed blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and harmonica vocalist, contralto  
Victor BVE-37682 10-in. 2/14/1927 Dead drunk blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with guitar, piano, and harmonica vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71972 10-in. 10/19/1923 If I let you get away with it once, you'll do it all of the time Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71973 10-in. 10/19/1923 E flat blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72789 10-in. 9/5/1924 I love you, Daddy, but you don't mean me no good Clarence Williams’ Harmonizers ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72790 10-in. 9/5/1924 Nobody knows the way I feel this mornin' Clarence Williams’ Harmonizers ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72791 10-in. 9/5/1924 Absent minded blues Clarence Williams’ Harmonizers ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72996 10-in. 11/25/1924 Papa, Mama's all alone blues Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72997 10-in. 11/25/1924 Changeable daddy of mine Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-73081 10-in. 1/8/1925 Who'll chop your suey (When I'm gone) Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-73082 10-in. 1/8/1925 Done made a fool out of me Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance quintet vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-73418 10-in. June 1925 Nobody's blues but mine Margaret Johnson ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-73419 10-in. June 1925 I'm a good hearted mama (But I got a trifling man) Margaret Johnson ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-73420 10-in. June 1925 Death house blues Margaret Johnson ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh 74392 10-in. Oct. 1926 Down yonder blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh 74393 10-in. Oct. 1926 Mama, Papa don't wanna Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh 74394 10-in. Oct. 1926 Everything that happens just pleases me Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh 74395 10-in. Oct. 1926 Heavy burden blues Margaret Johnson Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
(Results 1-25 of 27 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Margaret," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108050.

Johnson, Margaret. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108050.

"Johnson, Margaret." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

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