Considered by Rolling Stone to be "the greatest sideman in
rock & roll," pianist Johnnie Johnson spent most of his
career in the shadow of his musical partner, Chuck Berry.
Johnson played on most of Berry's hit records and co-wrote
the music for several of Berry's songs, but did not begin to
achieve particular recognition until he pursued a solo career
in his seventies.
After Johnson came out of retirement to appear in the
Chuck Berry concert film Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll in 1986,
interest in his music grew. The following year, he put out his
first solo album, “Blue Hand Johnnie,” the first of several
well-received recordings including “Johnnie B