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 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresR&B, funk, soul, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussions, keyboards, drum machine
Years active1972–present
Associated actsEarth, Wind & Fire
WebsiteRalph 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]

Johnson went on to perform as a percussionist on Blue Magic's 1978 album Message From The Magic and Stanley Turrentine's 1981 album Tender Togetherness.[5][6]

As well he worked as a producer on The Temptations 1984 album Truly For You and Howard Hewett's 2008 album Howard Hewett Christmas.[1][7][8]


  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.
  5. ^ "Blue Magic: Message From The Music". 45worlds.com.
  6. ^ "Stanley Turrentine: Tender Togetherness". allmusic.com.
  7. ^ "The Temptations: Truly For You". 45worlds.com.
  8. ^ "Howard Hewett: Howard Hewett Christmas". allmusic.com.

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