ロニー・ジョンソン

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経歴・特徴

ロニー・ジョンソンは同時代のブルース奏者のなかでもとりわけ熟練した人物の一人であっただけではなく、ジャズの発展にも多大な影響を与えた人物だ。早い時期からチョーキングやヴィブラートを交えた革新的なギター奏法にたどり着いていたジョンソンは、スタジオ・ミュージシャンとしてルイ・アームストロングの「Hotter than That」や、デューク・エリントンの「The Mooch」のレコーディングに参加、華麗なソロで大きな貢献を果たしている。エディ・ラングとの画期的なデュエットもまた、広く賞賛されたもの。大恐慌で音楽の仕事にあぶれ、一時悲惨な生活を味わったが、その後カムバックして、1940年代に「Tomorrow Night」「Pleasing You」のヒットを記録。1960年代には、若い白人のフォーク・ファンの間で人気を得て、1970年にその生涯を終えるまで演奏活動を続けることができた。

CDガイド

[A]:ステッピン・オン・ザ・ブルース

盛んにレコーディングをしていた初期、1925年から32年にかけての作品から厳選した決定盤。歴史的なエディ・ラングとのデュオ演奏、ヴィクトリア・スピヴィとのきわどい、二重の意味のデュエットも収録されている。
ステッピン・オン・ザ・ブルース

[B]:ホット・フィンガーズ [初回限定盤]

ホット・フィンガーズ [初回限定盤]

[C]:スウィング・アウト・リズム [初回限定盤]

スウィング・アウト・リズム [初回限定盤]

[D]:Blues & Ballads

Blues & Ballads

[E]:Losing Game

Losing Game

[F]:ストンピン・アット・ザ・ペニー

楽曲情報

Mr. Johnson's Blues
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); John Arnold (piano)
[A]
Love Story Blues
New York City NY, Jan. 20, 1926
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[B]
Nile Of Genago
New York City NY, Jan. 20, 1926
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); James Johnson (guitar)
[B]
To Do This, Yo Got To Know How
New York City NY, Aug. 14, 1926
Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[B]
I Done Told You
St. Louis MO, April 25, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); James Johnson (guitar)
[A]
Steppin' On The Blues
St. Louis MO, April 25, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); probably John Erby (piano)
[A]
A Worried Woman's Blues
St. Louis MO, April 30, 1927
Helen Humes (vocal); possibly De Loise Searcy (piano); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[C]
Blackbird Blues
St. Louis MO, May 1, 1927
Raymond Boyd (vocal); De Loise Searcy (piano); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[B]
Four Hands Are Better Than Two
St. Louis MO, May 1, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Lazy Harris or possibly De Loise Searcy or John Erby (piano)
[B]
Woke Up With The Blues In My Fingers
St. Louis MO, May 2, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[C]
Back-Water Blues
St. Louis MO, May 3, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); John Erby (piano)
[B]
I Love You, Mary Lou
New York City NY, Aug. 5, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[B]
Sweet Woman You Can't Go Wrong
New York City NY, Aug. 5, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[C]
Mean Old Bedbug Blues
New York City NY, Aug. 11, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[A]
6/88 Glide
New York City NY, Oct. 31, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); possibly John Erby (piano)
[A]
Tin Can Alley Blues
New York City NY, Oct. 31, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Porter Grainger (piano)
[C]
Bitin' Fleas Blues
New York City NY, Nov. 9, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[C]
Untitled
New York City NY, Nov. 9, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[A]
I'm Not Rough
Chicago IL, Dec. 10, 1927
The Hot Fives: Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocal); Kid Ory (trombone); Johnny Dodds (clarinet); Lil Armstrong (piano); Johnny St. Cyr (banjo); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[B]
Sweet Potato Blues
Chicago IL, Dec. 13, 1927
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); probably De Loise Searcy (piano)
[A]
Hotter Than That
Chicago IL, Dec. 13, 1927
Louis Armstrong (cornet, vocal); Kid Ory (trombone); Johnny Dodds (clarinet); Lil Armstrong (piano); Johnson St. Cry (banjo); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[C]
Memphis Stomp
Memphis TN, Feb. 15, 1928
Lonnie Johnson (violin); Nap Hayes (guitar); Matthew Prater (mandolin)
[B]
Shiftin' My Gear Blues
Memphis TN, Feb. 18, 1928
Keghouse (vocal); "Jaybird" (piano, vocal); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[B]
Playing With The Strings
Memphis TN, Feb. 21, 1928
Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[A]
Stompin' 'Em Along Slow
Memphis TN, Feb. 21, 1928
Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[C]
Deep Blue Sea Blues
San Antonio TX, March 9, 1928
Texas Alexander (vocal); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[A]
No More Women Blues
San Antonio TX, March 9, 1928
Texas Alexander (vocal); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[A]
Hot And Bothered
New York City NY, Oct. 1, 1928
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: Duke Ellington (piano); Bubber Miley (trumpet); Arthur Whetsol (trumpet); Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton (trombone); Johnny Hodges (clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax); Harry Carney (clarinet, alto sax, baritone sax); Barney Bigard (clarinet, tenor sax); Fred Guy (banjo); Lonnie Johnson (guitar) Wellman Braud (string bass); Sonny Greer (drums); Baby Cox (vocal)
[B]
Paducah
New York City NY, Oct. 13, 1928
Don Redman (clarinet, alto sax); Langston Curl (trumpet); John Nesbitt (trumpet); Claude Jones (trombone); Milton Senior (clarinet, alto saxophone); George Thomas (clarinet, tenor sax); Prince Robinson (clarinet, tenor sax); Todd Rhodes (piano); Dave Wilborn (banjo); Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Ralph Escudero (brass bass); Cuba Austin (drums)
[C]
Toothache Blues-Part 1
New York City NY, Oct. 17, 1928
Victoria Spivey (vocal); Lonnie Johnson (vocal); Clarence Williams (piano)
[A]
Toothache Blues-Part 2
New York City NY, Oct. 18, 1928
Victoria Spivey (vocal); Lonnie Johnson (vocal); Clarence Williams (piano)
[A]
Have To Change Keys (To Play These Blues)
New York City NY, Nov. 17, 1928
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Eddie Lang (guitar)
[A]
Jet Black Blues
New York City NY, April 30, 1929
Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four: King Oliver (clarinet); J.C. Johnson (piano); Eddie Lang (guitar); Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Hoagy Carmichael (percussion, scat)
[C]
Blue Blood Blues
New York City NY, April 30, 1929
Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four: King Oliver (cornet); J.C. Johnson (piano); Eddie Lang (guitar); Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Hoagy Carmichael (percussion, vocal)
[B]
Guitar Blues
New York City NY, May 7, 1929
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Eddie Lang (guitar)
[A]
A Handful Of Riffs
New York City NY, May 8, 1929
Lonnie Johnson and Blind Willie Dunn: Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Eddie Lang (guitar)
[B]
Bull Frog Moan
New York City NY, May 16, 1929
Lonnie Johnson and Blind Willie Dunn: Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Eddie Lang (guitar)
[C]
It Feels So Good Part 3
New York City NY, May 24, 1929
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Spencer Williams (vocal); J.C. Johnson (piano)
[C]
You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now Part 1
New York City NY, July 3, 1929
Victoria Spivey (vocal); probably Victoria Spivey (piano); Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[C]
Deep Minor Rhythm
New York City NY, Oct. 9, 1929
Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson: Eddie Lang (guitar); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[B]
Midnight Call (Blues)
New York City NY, Oct. 9, 1929
Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson: Eddie Lang (guitar); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[C]
Hot Fingers
New York City NY, Oct. 9, 1929
Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson: Eddie Lang (guitar); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[B]
Blue Room (Blues)
New York City NY, Oct. 9, 1929
Blind Willie Dunn and Lonnie Johnson: Eddie Lang (guitar); Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[C]
She's Making Whoopee In Hell Tonight
New York City NY, Jan. 7, 1930
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[A]
Wipe It Off
New York City NY, Jan. 8, 1930
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Clarence Williams (vocal); James P. Johnson (piano); probably Spencer Williams (scraper); unknown (falsetto vocal)
[B]
Deep She Blues
New York City NY, April 26, 1930
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[B]
Long Black Train
New York City NY, Aug. 5, 1930
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[B]
No More Troubles Now
New York City NY, Sept. 11, 1930
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[A]
Sam, You Can't Do That To Me
New York City NY, Sept. 11, 1930
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[B]
What Makes You Act Like That?
New York City NY, Oct. 31, 1930
Clara Smith And Tommy Jordan: Clara Smith (vocal); Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Alex Hill (piano)
[C]
Got The Blues For Murder Only
New York City NY, Nov. 22, 1930
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[A]
Beautiful But Dumb
New York City NY, June 16, 1931
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[C]
From A Wash Woman On Up
New York City NY, June 16, 1931
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[C]
Uncle Ned, Don't Use Your Head
New York City NY, Dec. 3, 1931
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[B]
Cat You Been Messin' Aroun'
New York City NY, Jan. 12, 1932
Lonnie Johnson as Jimmy Jordan (vocal, guitar)
[C]
Minnie The Wailer
New York City NY, March 17, 1932
Lonnie Johnson as by Jimmy Jordan (vocal, guitar); Fred Longshaw (piano)
[B]
I'm Nuts About That Gal
New York City NY, Aug. 12, 1932
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[A]
Racketeer's Blues
New York City NY, Aug. 12, 1932
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[A]
Unselfish Love
New York City NY, Aug. 12, 1932
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[B]
Swing Out Rhythm
Chicago IL, Nov. 8, 1937
Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[C]
Mr. Johnson Swing
New York City NY, March 31, 1938
Lonnie Johnson(guitar); Roosevelt Sykes (piano); unknown (double bass); unknown (drums)
[C]
Rocks In My Bed No. 2
Chicago IL, Jan. 6, 1941
Lonnie Johnson Trio: Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Andrew Harris (double bass)
[C]
More Rhythm
Chicago IL, Jan. 6, 1941
Lonnie Johnson Trio: Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Dan Dixon (rhythm guitar, vocal); Andrew Harris (double bass)
[C]
My Last Love
New York City NY, July 15, 1946
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Blind John Davis (piano)
[C]
In Love Again
New York City NY, July 15, 1946
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[C]
Haunted House
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
Memories Of You
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
Blues For Chris
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
I Found A Dream
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
St. Louis Blues
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
I'll Get Along Somehow
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
Savoy Blues
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
Back Water Blues
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
Elmer's Blues
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
Jelly Roll Baker
Englewood Cliffs NJ, April 5, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Elmer Snowden (guitar); Wendell Marshall (bass)
[D]
New Orleans Blues
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
My Little Kitten Susie
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
Evil Woman
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, piano)
[E]
What A Difference A Day Makes
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
Moaning Blues
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
Summertime
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
Lines In My Face
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
Losing Game
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
New Years Blues
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
Slow And Easy
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (guitar)
[E]
Four Walls And Me
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
You Won't Let Me Go
Englewood Cliffs NJ, Dec. 28, 1960
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar)
[E]
China Boy
Toronto, Canada, Nov. 1965
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Jim McHarg's Metro Stompers
[F]
Mr. Blues Walks
Toronto, Canada, Nov. 1965
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Jim McHarg's Metro Stompers
[F]
Bring It On Home To Mama
Toronto, Canada, Nov. 1965
Lonnie Johnson (vocal, guitar); Jim McHarg's Metro Stompers
[F]
West End Blues
Toronto, Canada, Nov. 1965
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Jim McHarg's Metro Stompers
[F]
Go Go Swing
Toronto, Canada, Nov. 1965
Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Jim McHarg's Metro Stompers
[F]
My Mother's Eyes
Toronto, Canada, Nov. 1965
Lonnie Johnson (vocal); Jim McHarg's Metro Stompers
[F]