Johnny Tyler

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For the baseball player, see Johnnie Tyler.

Lehman Monroe "Johnny" Tyler (February 6, 1918 in Arkansas – September 25, 1961 in Missouri) was an American country musician.

His career began around 1945 on Stanchel Records with the band Original Hillbillies. In 1947 he signed a recording contract with RCA Victor, where he had the largest success of his career. His most well-known single for RCA was "Okie Boogie", which hit the Billboard charts in 1947. He also recorded together with Luke Wills, and for a time was a member of Wills's band, the Rhythm Busters.

In 1953 he appeared on radio on WGST out of Atlanta, Georgia. He became a member of Jimmie Smith and His Texans, which often made appearances at the Joe Cotton Rhythm Ranch. He recorded a few more singles at this time as well. In 1954 he played regularly on WGST and on the WSB Barn Dance, with Jimmie Smith. Later singles were issued on Ekko Records and Starday Records.

He died in 1961 at age 43. In 2006, all of his RCA singles were collected and released to compact disc.


Year Title Notes
Stanchel Records
1945 ? / ?
RCA Victor
1947 So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed / New Pretty Blonde as Johnny Tyler and Riders of the Rio Grande
1947 Okie Boogie / Rockin' Chair Money
1947 Okie Boogie / Texas Red
1947 I Don't Know Where To Go But I'm Goin' / Behind The Eight Ball
ca. 1947 City of Memphis / Oh How You Lied
1948 (?) Peppin' Through The Keyhole / Wild and Wicked Look
ca. 1948 Tell A Woman / Can't Get The Foot Off The Rail
194? Old McDonald's Boogie / Swamp Woman
1948 Fiddlin' Lance / Find'em, Fool'em and Forget'em Advance Folk Release Billboard Jun 12, 1948
194? Little Rock Arkansas / Cornbread and Butterbeans
1949 I Never See My Gal Again / Jealous Blues
Specialty Records
1953 Take Your Blues And Go / A Sinner's Song
Ekko Records
1955 Devil's Hot Rod / Words You Forgot To Say
Starday Records
1956 Lie To Me, Baby / County Fair
Rural Rhythm Records
1960 Lie To Me, Baby / County Fair
1960 God's Gonna Turn Us To Dust / Coal Miner

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