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Johnnie Johnson

An Amrican pianist, songwriter.

One of the unsung heroes of rock and roll.

Johnson started playing piano in 1928.

After returning from the United States Marines in World War 11 he moved to Chicago and played as a sessions musician, mainly for Chuck Berry in which Johnson joined Berry's band 'The Sir John Trio' in 1953.

Johnson recorded his first solo album in 1987 titled 'Blue Hand Johnnie'. He later recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bo Diddley.

In 1996 he toured with the Bob Weire band 'Ratdog' for one year.

Many have claimed that Johnson wrote or co wrote some of Berry's songs.

This may very well be disputed as later in Johnson's life he sued Berry in the year 2000 claiming he deserved co-composer royalties for many songs that included No Particular Place To Go' - 'Sweet Little Sixteen' - 'Roll Over Beathoven'.

This case was dismissed as too many years had gone by since the writting of the songs.

Johnson was inducted into 'The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' in 2001.
He also has his own star on the St Louis Walk of Fame'.

Johnson died in St. Louis in April 2005.

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