Ralph Johnson (musician)

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Ralph Johnson
Ralph Johnson (musician).jpg
Johnson, left, performing with Earth Wind and Fire in 2007
Background information
Born (1951-07-04) July 4, 1951 (age 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, funk, soul, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, drums, percussions, keyboards, drum machine
Years active 1968–present
Associated acts Earth, Wind & Fire
Website Ralph Johnson on Myspace
External video
Oral History, Ralph Johnson shares how he met Maurice White and joined Earth, Wind and Fire. Interview date September 2, 2014, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

Ralph Johnson (born July 4, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer. Johnson is a longstanding member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.[1][2][3]

Early music performances[edit]

Born and raised in Los Angeles, from an early age Johnson developed a fascination for all things jazz. At eight years old he went on to receive his first drumming lesson. He later went on to join local bands "The Teen Turbans" and "The Masters Children".[2][3]

Earth, Wind and Fire[edit]

During 1971 Johnson successfully auditioned as a drummer for another band. This one was led by a Chicago musician known as Maurice White and called Earth, Wind & Fire. With Johnson in tow the band went on to achieve monumental commercial and critical success. He later went on to be inducted as a member of Earth, Wind and Fire into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during 2000.[4][2]

Solo Career[edit]

Ralph has produced and performed on the records of several artists such as Howard Hewett, The Temptations, Johnny Adams, Nathan East, Blue Magic and Stanley Turrentine.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ralph Johnson (Credits)". Allmusic.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "Earth, Wind & Fire's Ralph Johnson". Modern Drummer.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Ralph Johnson". NAMM.org. 
  4. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". Rockhall.com. 

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