Sylvester Thompson, 1 July 1936, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA. Johnson was the youngest of three children and his family moved to Chicago during the late 40s. An elder brother, Mac Thompson, played bass with the Magic Sam Blues Band. Having learned guitar and harmonica, Johnson began frequenting the citys southside blues clubs, playing alongside Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and Junior Wells. His first recordings were made in 1956 accompanying Billy Boy Arnold, after which Johnson appeared on sessions for Shakey Jake, Junior Wells and Jimmy Reed. In 1959 Federal released Johnsons first solo single, Teardrops, and he recorded unsuccessfully for several independents until signing with Twilight (later changed to Twinight) in 1967. His debut there, Come On Sock It To Me, reached number 12 in the R&B chart. Johnsons musical activities, however, were not solely confined to performing. He also produced several local acts...
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