Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson Biography

Lucius Brinson Johnson, 30 August 1934, Davidsboro, Georgia, USA, d. 18 March 1976, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Johnson was a guitarist, bass player and vocalist who formed his first band in Chicago at the age of 19. His boyhood ambition was to play with Muddy Waters; he achieved this in the 60s. Johnson played in the raw, urban style of Waters, and was also proficient at older country blues styles. His first recording (as ‘Little Luther’) was for Chess Records and he also recorded with Waters’ sideman for the Spivey and Douglas labels. In the 70s he made two albums for the Black And Blue company while touring Europe. Johnson lived in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1970 until his death from cancer in 1976.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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