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Tommy Johnson

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John Thomas Johnson, a first-chair studio musician in Hollywood for 50 years, Johnson played on thousands of recordings -- jingles, commercials, television shows like The Flintstones and feature films. His tuba can be heard on hundreds of movie soundtracks, including The Godfather and Titanic and, most memorably, the John Williams scores for Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones trilogy and Jaws. In the back pages of the Los Angeles Times, they ran an obituary for a guy named Tommy Johnson, who died in October at 71 of complications from cancer and kidney failure

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Article: Book Review

Daniel Beaumont: Preachin’ the Blues - The Life and Times of Son House

Read "Daniel Beaumont: Preachin’ the Blues - The Life and Times of Son House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House Daniel Beaumont Hardback; 224 pages ISBN: 0195395573 Oxford University Press 2011 Some of the new millennial writing about blues music, such as Elijah Wald's Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues (Amistad, 2004) ...

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Delta Blues & the Birth (and Death) of the Cool: Two definitive Ted Gioia Histories

Read "Delta Blues & the Birth (and Death) of the Cool: Two definitive Ted Gioia Histories" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Does the music world need one more history of Delta blues music? Does a survey of a spongy concept like “cool" have any relevance in a post-9/11 world? Considering Robert Palmer authored a definitive narrative on depression-era Mississippi Delta music in Deep Blues (Viking, 1981) almost 30 years ago, and that Martin Williams and David Rosenthal, ...


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