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Lonnie Johnson: The Unsung Blues Legend

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Blues Magnet Records has slipped into distribution, quietly and without due clamor, one of the more significant blues documents of the year. The Unsung Blues Legend presents seminal blues and jazz guitarist Lonnie Johnson performing alone in 1965 at the home of his friend and painter, Bernie Strassberg. Due to the fact that Johnson died from complications sustained in an automobile accident in Toronto five years later, The Unsung Blues Legend represents a summary of a long life in music, ...

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Lonnie Johnson: The Unsung Blues Legend (The Living Room Session)

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Born in New Orleans, La. the late and now legendary guitarist-singer-songwriter Lonnie Johnson recorded with Louis Armstrong’s fabled and at the time (1927) - innovative “Hot Five”, while also recording with Duke Ellington and pioneering guitarist Eddie Lang. A brilliant and inspirational guitarist to more than just a few, Johnson didn’t always garner the respect he so well deserved. Interestingly enough, this newly released recording, The Unsung Blues Legend comprises material recorded at jazz and blues devotee, Bernie Strassberg’s living ...


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