Johnny Nicholas

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

1948, USA. Raised in Rhode Island, during the 60s Nicholas sang and played guitar in R&B bands, including his own the Vikings. He played in blues clubs throughout the Midwest, gaining acceptance and a small but dedicated following. In the mid-60s he heard Howlin’ Wolf live and the experience turned him more firmly towards the blues. He formed a new group, the Black Cat Blues Band, with guitarist Duke Robillard, drummer Fran Christina, harmonica player Steve Nardella and others. He and Nardella later formed the Boogie Brothers, working mainly in Michigan. Nicholas was then with Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen for a while before forming the Rhythm Rockers in the early 70s. This band included bass player and songwriter Sarah Brown, drummer Terry Bingham, guitarist Ronnie Earland saxophonist Mark ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff. By the end of the decade Nicholas had settled in Texas where he played in various bands and showed himself to be adept in several...

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