Phil Johnstone

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Phil Johnstone is a songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist[1] and record producer, best known for his work with singer Robert Plant. His songwriting credits include Plant's number-one Mainstream Rock hits "Heaven Knows", "Tall Cool One" and "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)".[2]


Johnstone first worked with Plant on the 1988 album Now and Zen,[3] which Johnstone co-produced. Johnstone co-wrote most of the songs on the album; he also wrote songs for Plant's follow-up albums Manic Nirvana (1990) and Fate of Nations (1993).

Following his work with Plant, Johnstone wrote songs for singer Alannah Myles' 1995 album A-lan-nah.[2] Recorded and produced Freeborn John by Rev Hammer 1996 on Cooking Vinyl Phil Johnstone also co-wrote the whole of The Levellers' 2000 album Hello Pig. Johnstone also heads the popular all-star musical festival act, "The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys", which features members of the Levellers, Irish singer/songwriter Dan Donnelly, American musician Roy Harter, and two of his children, Alex Johnstone and Emily Johnstone. In recent years, he has been busy recording and producing bands from the Exeter area. One of his recent projects, "The Big V", feature his son Alex Johnstone and his daughter Emily Johnstone.[citation needed]

In 2011 Johnstone produced the album Echo At The Carnival by The Summertides, a band from the city of Exeter in Devon.[citation needed]

Johnstone has been married to Frances since 1987. The couple have four children - Emily, Alex, Harriet and Florence.[citation needed]

He is currently[when?] teaching Music Production and Sound Engineering, at DBS Music in Plymouth, Devon.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Yonke, David (16 November 1993). "Robert Plant explosive at UT". Toledo Blade. p. P-1. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Phil Johnstone, Songs Composed By". allmusic. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  3. ^ Hochanadel, Michael (17 October 1989). "Phil Johnstone ecstatic over new Plant band". Schenectady Gazette. p. 37. Retrieved 5 December 2010.