Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson
|Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson|
|Birth name||Lucious Brinson|
|Also known as||Luther "Snake" Johnson, Luther "Georgia Boy" Johnson, Little Luther, Luther King|
August 30, 1934|
Davisboro, Georgia, United States
|Died||March 18, 1976
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Genres||Chicago blues, electric blues|
|Occupations||Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
|Labels||Black & Blue, Muse and others|
|Associated acts||Muddy Waters, Elmore James|
Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (August 30, 1934 – March 18, 1976) was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was also known as Luther "Snake" Johnson or Luther "Georgia Boy" Johnson, and was otherwise billed as both Luther King and Little Luther (under the latter he recorded for Chess Records in the 1960s).
He is not to be confused with Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson.
Life and career
After service in the US Army up to 1953, Johnson played guitar with a local gospel group called the Milwaukee Supreme Angels. However, he graduated towards blues and set up his own trio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before relocating to Chicago, Illinois in the early 1960s. He backed Elmore James prior to his death, and in 1964, released a solo single on the Chess Records label entitled "The Twirl", billed as Little Luther. He then joined Muddy Waters backing band in 1966. Johnson worked with various musicians over this period, including Chicago Bob Nelson, before recording his debut album, Come on Home in 1969.
In 1970, Johnson moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and found work on the blues festival and college circuits for the next few years. Black & Blue Records released Johnson's Born in Georgia in 1972, and this was followed by Chicken Shack (1974), Lonesome in My Bedroom (1975), and the final album issued in his lifetime, Get Down to the Nitty Gritty (1976).
|1969||Come on Home||Douglas Music|
|1969||The Muddy Waters Blues Band||N/K||with The Muddy Waters Blues Band|
|1972||Born in Georgia||Black & Blue Records|
|1974||Chicken Shack||Muse Records||with The Muddy Waters Blues Band|
|1975||Lonesome in My Bedroom||Evidence Records|
|1976||Get Down to the Nitty Gritty||New Rose Records|
|1992||They Call Me the Snake||New Rose Records|
|2002||They Call Me the Popcorn Man||Black & Blue Records|
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