L.V. Johnson

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L.V. Johnson
Born (1946-12-25)December 25, 1946
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died November 22, 1994(1994-11-22) (aged 47)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Chicago blues, electric blues, soul-blues, soul, rhythm and blues[1]
Occupation(s) Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active Mid 1960s–1994
Labels Various

L.V. Johnson (December 25, 1946 – November 22, 1994)[2] was an American Chicago blues and soul-blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his renditions of "Don't Cha Mess with My Money, My Honey or My Woman" and "Recipe". He worked with the Soul Children, the Bar-Keys and Johnnie Taylor. Songs he wrote were recorded by Tyrone Davis, Bobby Bland and the Dells. He was the nephew of Elmore James.[2]


Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois, and learned to play the guitar from B.B. King.[1]

He was employed by Stax Records as a session musician and played on recordings by the Bar-Kays, Johnnie Taylor, and the Soul Children. His songs "Are You Serious" and "True Love Is Hard to Find" were hit singles for Tyrone Davis. His song "Country Love" was recorded by Bobby Bland. The Dells reached the Billboard chart with their version of Johnson's "Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation".[1]

Johnson was Davis's accompanist until embarking on a modest solo career in the early 1980s. He recorded for ICA, Phono, and Ichiban Records, but without much commercial success. He was also a co-owner of a steakhouse and nightclub in Chicago.[1]

Johnson died of undisclosed causes in Chicago in November 1994, at the age of 47.[2]

His track "I Don't Really Care" was sampled by J. Dilla on "Airworks", on Dilla's 2006 album, Donuts. The same track was sampled by Strong Arm Steady and used in "Chittlins & Pepsi" (featuring Planet Asia), on Strong Arm Steady's 2010 album, In Search of Stoney Jackson.[3]



  • We Belong Together (1981)
  • I Really Don't Care (1987)
  • Cold & Mean (Ichiban, 1989)
  • I Got the Touch (Ichiban, 1991)
  • Unclassified (Ichiban, 1992)[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Wynn, Ron. "L.V. Johnson". Allmusic. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1994–1995". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Artist details – L.V. Johnson". Whosampled.com. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "L.V. Johnson | Discography". AllMusic. 1994-11-22. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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