|Genres:||Blues R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul stax rhythm and blues deep soul female vocalists|
19 April 1936, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA, d. 4 July 1999, Lanham, Maryland, USA. To many soul fans, Johnson was chiefly remembered for her wonderful deep-soul Volt recording, Ill Run Your Hurt Away, released in March 1966, but some of her other material from the same era confirmed that she was a high-quality soul singer. Although African-American, Johnson was raised in North Carolina in the quasi-Jewish Temple Beth-El faith. One of nine children, she grew up singing a cappella at the local temple, but aspired to emulate the power-soul style of Aretha Franklin and Etta James. After singing with Samuel Latham And The Rhythm Makers at Virginia Beach, she moved to Washington, DC, and became show-opener at the popular Spa Club. Never Duncan, manager of Bobby Parker (of Watch Your Step fame), signed her first to the Philadelphia-based V-Tone label (for which Parker was also recording), and then to his own Nebs outlet. Subsequently,...