Luther Johnson Death, Obituary – Enjoy your tranquility, Guitar Junior Luther Johnson from April 11 until December 25, 2022. Three other blues guitarists went by the name of Luther Johnson, but this veteran with a West Side style was probably the most well-known. The misunderstanding surrounding the ensemble is only exacerbated by the fact that Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson and his brother Luther “Snake Boy” Johnson spent a significant period of time with Muddy Waters’ top band (1972-1979). While still living in Mississippi at the beginning of his career, Luther Johnson was exposed to both blues and gospel music.
But the blues took over as his primary interest until he relocated to Chicago in the middle of the 1950s. He collaborated with Ray Scott before becoming Tall Milton Shelton’s group’s leader in 1962. Robert Johnson, who temporarily performed with Magic Sam’s band in the middle of the 1960s, was greatly influenced stylistically by Magic Sam. Even after Johnson moved to the greater Boston region in the early 1980s, the West Side approach continued to have a significant influence on his musical style. Luther Johnson recorded the songs for his debut album, Luther’s Blues, while touring Europe with Muddy Waters in 1976.
By 1980, when he had made a name for himself as a solo performer, he had recorded with the Nighthawks and contributed four songs to the second collection of Living Chicago Blues albums released by Alligator. Johnson released Doin’ the Sugar Too on Rooster Blues in 1984. The horn section from Roomful of Blues and his own band, the Magic Rockers, took part in the album’s recording. With the company, Johnson put out three albums, all of which were ferocious, soul-tinged blues with a pronounced West Side influence. Johnson joined Ron Levy’s Bullseye Blues record label at the beginning of the 1990s. Bill Dahl, Sr. LUTHER GUITAR JR. JOHNSON is featured on Chicago Blues Playlist #301, which you can listen to here. (1973-2001)