Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson
|Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson|
|Birth name||Lucious Brinson|
|Also known as||Luther "Snake" Johnson
Luther "Georgia Boy" Johnson
August 30, 1934|
Davisboro, Georgia, United States
|Died||March 18, 1976
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Genres||Chicago blues, electric blues|
|Occupation(s)||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 also billed as Luther King and as Little Luther (he recorded under the latter name for Chess Records in the 1960s).
Life and career
After completing his service in the US Army in 1953, Johnson played guitar with the Milwaukee Supreme Angels, a local gospel group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, he gravitated towards blues and formed his own trio in Milwaukee. He relocated to Chicago, Illinois, in the early 1960s. He backed Elmore James prior to his James's death in 1963. Johnson recorded a solo single, "The Twirl", released by Chess Records in 1964, on which he was billed as Little Luther. He joined Muddy Waters's backing band in 1966. Johnson worked with various musicians during this period, including Chicago Bob Nelson. He recorded 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. His album Born in Georgia was released by Black & Blue Records. It 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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