|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||pub rock rock rhythm and blues rock and roll blues post-punk blues rock|
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John Wilkinson, 12 July 1947, Canvey Island, Essex, England. A native of Canvey Island, Essex, England, Johnson played in several local groups, including the Roamers and the Heap, prior to gaining a degree in English Literature at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University. After a period spent travelling in India he returned to Essex to play with local outfit the Pigboy Charlie Band, which evolved into Dr. Feelgood. This gritty R&B band became one of the leading attractions of the mid-70s pub rock phenomenon. The bands early sound was indebted to Johnsons punchy guitar style, itself inspired by Mick Green of the Pirates, while his striking appearance - black suit and pudding-bowl haircut - combined with jerky, mannequin movements, created a magnetic stage persona. Internal friction led to the guitarists departure in 1976, but the following year he formed the Solid Senders with keyboards player John Potter, a founder member of Dr....