|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul northern soul blues male vocalists oldies|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
1941, USA. A singer in the mould of Ben E. King, Johnson was a former member of the Zionettes. Their single Talking About The Man enjoyed sufficient local interest to prompt his solo ambitions. Signed to the Big Top/Big Hill group of labels, Johnson recorded a series of superb Burt Bacharach / Hal David compositions, including Reach Out For Me (1963) and (Theres) Always Something There To Remind Me (1964). Both reached the lower rungs of the R&B chart. Sandie Shaws recording of the latter became a UK number 1 while the former song provided Dionne Warwick with a US Top 20 hit. Johnsons Kentucky Bluebird (Send A Message To Martha) later became a hit for Adam Faith and was subsequently revamped by Dionne Warwick as A Message To Michael. Johnsons last chart record was A Time To Love, A Time To Cry (1965), a vocal version of Sidney Bechets Petite Fleur....