Gus Johnson

Born 15 November 1913. Died 6 February 2000
Gus Johnson
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1913-11-15
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Gus Johnson

Gus Johnson Biography (Wikipedia)

Gus Johnson (November 15, 1913 – February 6, 2000) was an American swing drummer in various jazz bands, born in Tyler, Texas, United States. After learning to play drums from his next-door neighbor, Johnson occasionally played professionally at the age of ten in the Lincoln Theater, and performed in various local groups, most notable McDavid's Blue Rhythm Band. Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, Johnson moved to Kansas City, where he took up drumming full-time. He joined Jay McShann's Orchestra in 1938, with his music career being interrupted by his conscription into the military in 1943.

In 1945, Johnson returned from his stint in the military, and relocated to Chicago to perform in the Jesse Miller Band. Johnson played on Willie Dixon’s debut album, ‘Willie’s Blues.’ He subsequently played alongside Count Basie and was recorded on the album Basie Rides Again in 1952. Following a recovery from appendicitis Johnson was featured in numerous groups and dozens of recordings in the 1960s. In 1972, his former bandmates from Jay McShann's Orchestra reconvened to record Going to Kansas City. Although Johnson continued to tour into the 1980s, he developed Alzheimer's disease in 1989, which he struggled with until his death on February 6, 2000.

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Ralph Sutton
I've Found A New Baby
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I've Found A New Baby
Ralph Sutton
'Fore Day Rider
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'Fore Day Rider
Ray Brown
Yesterdays
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Yesterdays
Billie Holiday
God bless the child
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God bless the child
Buck Clayton
Blue Creek
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Buck Clayton & Buddy Tate
Ella Fitzgerald
Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
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Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
Bob Brookmeyer
Love In New Orleans
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Love In New Orleans
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