James "Osie" Johnson (January 11, 1923, in Washington, D.C. – February 10, 1966, in New York City) was a jazz drummer, arranger and singer.
He first worked with Sabby Lewis and then, after service in the United States Navy freelanced for a time in Chicago. From 1951 to 1953 he worked in Earl Hines's band.
He can be heard on albums by Paul Gonsalves, Zoot Sims, and Mose Allison and is the drummer on Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife". (Some sources list Don Lamond as the drummer on "Mack the Knife"). He recorded the album A Bit of the Blues as a singer and had arranged at a "hit" for singer Dinah Washington. His final recordings as a singer were on a J. J. Johnson album, now compiled as a collection called Goodies.
Osie died of kidney failure in 1966, at the age of 43.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 11th, 1923 (Washington, D.C.), Died February 10th, 1966 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953 - 1965
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 134 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||84899||7/23/1953||Blues in lament||Benny (Bennie) Green||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84900||7/23/1953||Blow your horn||Benny (Bennie) Green||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84901||7/23/1953||Expense account||Benny (Bennie) Green||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||84902||7/23/1953||Takin' my time||Benny (Bennie) Green||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85837||12/22/1953||I cover the waterfront||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85838||12/22/1953||It's you or no one||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85839||12/22/1953||Blues for Ava, part 1||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85840||12/22/1953||Blues for Ave, part 2||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85841||12/22/1953||Yesterdays||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85842||12/29/1953||Goodbye||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85843||12/29/1953||Swootie Patootie||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||85844||12/29/1953||Sweet Lorraine||Tony Scott Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88657||9/16/1955||Timmy's tune||Joe Holiday and his Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88658||9/16/1955||Love is a many splendored thing||Joe Holiday and his Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88659||9/16/1955||Opening night||Joe Holiday and his Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88660||9/16/1955||Tiny mite||Joe Holiday and his Band||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88710||9/29/1955||Cool cat on a hot tin roof||Ralph Burns Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88711||9/29/1955||What am I here for||Ralph Burns Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88712||9/29/1955||Jazz Club U.S.A.||Ralph Burns Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88740||10/6/1955||I'll be around||Ralph Burns Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88741||10/6/1955||Royal garden blues||Ralph Burns Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88742||10/6/1955||Nocturne||Ralph Burns Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||88743||10/6/1955||South Gonzales Street parade||Ralph Burns Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||100172||6/7/1956||King Porter stomp||Manhattan Jazz Septet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||100173||6/7/1956||Never, never land||Manhattan Jazz Septet||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, Osie," accessed May 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323884.
Johnson, Osie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/323884.
"Johnson, Osie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 May 2021.
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