Arnold Johnson (March 23, 1893 in Chicago – July 25, 1975 in St. Petersburg, Florida) was an American big band pianist, arranger, composer, and leader during the swing jazz era.
Johnson worked in a Chinese restaurant in Chicago as a pianist when he was fourteen years old, and also worked as an accompanist for vaudeville revues. He studied at the Chicago College of Music and the American Conservatory of Music. He took a job as a pianist in Rudy Wiedoeft's New York-based Frisco Jass Band in the early 1920s, and also worked briefly in real estate around this time. He formed his own band in the middle of the 1920s, which recorded for Brunswick Records and Vocalion Records; Freddy Martin and Harold Arlen were sidemen in the group. Later, Vic Berton, Bob Chester, and Danny Polo would join the band, which played in the Broadway musicals George White Scandals, Greenwich Village Follies, and Earl Carroll's Sketchbook in 1928-1929. The group performed frequently in dance halls in New York and Chicago.
Johnson disbanded the group in the early 1930s, and became involved in the broadcasting business, working as a director and producer of radio programs such as National Amateur Night.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 22, 1893 (Chicago), Died July 25, 1975 (Florida)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1939
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, piano, songwriter, arranger
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 101 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||148797||10-in.||7/11/1929||Don't hang your dreams on a rainbow||Sam Lanin Orchestra ; Arthur Seelig||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W149487||10-in.||11/25/1929||Hollywood||Art Gillham||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W152206||10-in.||6/7/1932||Goodbye blues||Art Jarrett||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7146||10-in.||Jan. 1920||"O"—(Oh!)||Jack Kaufman ; Rega Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||S-7922||10-in.||May 1921||All for you||Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra [Leo Erdody]||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-70030||10-in.||July 1921||Sweetheart||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-72065||10-in.||11/15/1923||The only girl||Glantz and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||[8767a]||approximately Sept. 1922||[Unknown title(s)]||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||[8806a]||approximately Sept. 1922||[Unknown title(s)]||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||[8981a]||approximately Oct. 1922||[Unknown title(s)]||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||5696-5697||10-in.||approximately May 1921||All for you||Erdody Pennsylvania Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||8765-8766||10-in.||approximately Sept. 1922||Tomorrow||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||8811-8812||10-in.||approximately Sept. 1922||I wish I knew||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||8929-8931||10-in.||approximately Oct. 1922||You remind me of my mother||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||8932-8934||approximately Oct. 1922||[Unknown title(s)]||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||8978-8980||10-in.||approximately Oct. 1922||When the leaves come tumbling down||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9214-9216||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1922||One night in June||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9217-9219||approximately Nov. 1922||[Unknown title(s)]||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9246-9248||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1922||China boy||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9250-9252||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1922||Babylon||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9389-9391||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1922||Away down East in Maine||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9392-9394||10-in.||approximately Dec. 1922||Crinoline days||Arnold Johnson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9753-9755||10-in.||approximately Jan. 1923||The lovelight in your eyes||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader, composer|
|Brunswick||9756-9758||10-in.||approximately Jan. 1923||Pale Venetian moon||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|Brunswick||9998-10001||10-in.||2/27/1923||Kiss me||Arnold Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Arnold," accessed November 29, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110539.
Johnson, Arnold. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110539.
"Johnson, Arnold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 29 November 2022.
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