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Howard Johnson

R&B vocalist Howard Johnson started out in Miami, holding forth in local bars and clubs until the appearance of a life-changing business contact. That was Sandy Torano, a guitarist and producer associated with performers such as the Commodores and Phyllis Hyman. Johnson was his choice for a new vocal group and thus began the singer's recording career. It was 1977, the group was called Niteflyte, and the label was Ariola. The project lasted for only two albums but created enough of a buzz for A&M to sign Johnson to a solo contract.

A trio of close associates -- Kashif, Paul Laurence Jones, and Morris Brown -- produced Keepin' Love New (1982), Johnson's solo debut; both "So Fine" and the title track did very well in the British market. The singer recorded two more albums for the label: Doin' It My Way (1983), produced by the System, and The Vision (1985), some of which was handled by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. At the end of the decade, the singer returned to A&M as part of the duo Johnson & Branson with Regis Branson. In the interim, Johnson did some recording with singer Donna Allen.

The '90s, if not a completely fallow period, represented a stark respite from the action-packed '80s. Johnson was not really to be seen until he showed up again with old pal Branson in the new millennium, this time at the behest of a Japanese outfit, Soul Japan, that had gone mad for the sound of old-school '80s soul. Packed and Waitin' was released in 2002. Roughly a decade later, Johnson's A&M albums were reissued by the Netherlands' PTG label. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Funky Collector Vol.16

1. Party After The Midnight

2. Stomp

3. Stand Up And Sing

4. Shake It Up Tonight

5. Get On Up And Do It Again

9. She's So Good To Me

10. Appreciation

11. Never Cry Again

13. Happy

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Track List: Old School: Volume 4

2. Joystick

3. Shame

4. Brick House

5. Looking For A New Love

6. I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You

7. Make It Funky

8. Sexomatic

10. Watching You

11. What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'

12. Play That Funky Music

13. Word Up

14. Behind The Groove

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Very nice
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Frankie knuckles use to punk this song
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marty.8230
Love it
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Yes YEA and he almost passed up on this song 2 lol he glad he didn't cus this song was and still is the jam was good seen him on unsung need his own.
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The first album is good.so fine is on top.good to see you on unsung.pease . . .
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Good vibe hightower
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I love this song; old school memories flooding in.
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One of my favorite songs of all time
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go master mixer back in the days and in the present played all this good stuff jade palace Acapulco in montclair back in the days he jams
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All these years
This music is still the best
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LOVE it so much
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Wish we can GO back !!!!! Dame !!!!!!
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Memories from back in the gap
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Throw back fosho
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Makes me feel good when I hear those songs I heard while in school or with friends and relatives back in the day, brings back a lot of memories!
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marty.8230
LOVE THIS SONG REMAINS ME THE DAY I MET MY HONEY WOW 32 YEARS AGO FEEL LIKE YESTERDAY Rip Babe
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i was wopping to this at the cashmere lounge in reading pa
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DATS RITE SO FINE U BLOW MY MIND IS RITE!! BAD A** JAM OLD SKOOL BABY ALL DA WAY!!!
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This old 80's jam....soooo o o fine...thats me
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This song truly carried me through some good and bad times in my life. It's a beautiful song..
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Gucci crew sampled this song back in late 80's early 90's I can't find it anywhere does anyone know da name of da Gucci Crew song?
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Brings me right back... Love. It.
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WOOOOW!!!- LOOOVE THIS SONG!!!- HAVENT HEARD IT IN YEARS!-Used to have it on repeat!!
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Summertime jam/classic
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Baby baby baby
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Jazzyblack66 i luv it !
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ms_wyatt69
Not the wop!! I use to wop it out ... Jersey all day baby
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ms_wyatt69
Oh man this was my joint!! That's what we use to say back then ...
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Yes this makes me grove alnight and trust and believe you will too So Fine!!!!!!!!
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Who out remember doing the dance The Wop. Bk stand up!!!!
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badiausa42
I still have this album. They slept on this brotha. The whole album is the joint!!!!!
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Oh yea love this jam!!!!
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Have not heard this jam in awhile, so moving as soon as it came on! Love this song!!
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warriorswinn g u
This song was the Greatest Ever!!!! This Song packed the dance floor!!!! OMG!!!
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make me feel young and feel good
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igotonechild
I love this song. This is when music was music brings back good memories.
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tonio884
keeping love new was my jam. I thought it was Kashif.
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Love it.
Too cool Howard.
Have you heard his song "Knees".
They just can't do it like they did then.
"Old School Rules"
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When I 1st heard his jam (back in the day), thought it was the Whispers(lol ) . . . . B u t it's one of the BEST DANCE/FEEL GOOD JAMZ of all time IMO....So Fine!!!
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SO FINE, BLOW MIND!!
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clo.cynthia
HAY,HAY NOW WHAT YOU SAY THAT'S WHAT I'AM TALKING ABOUT SOULLLLLLLLL L L L L L L L L L L L L MUSIC THIS IS STILL THE JAM.SOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O FINE THATS RIGHT.
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This song was it. Can't get much better when comes to the late 80's era.
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booman7736
Yes, I agree it does sound like Steve Arrington or even the Whispers to me. I love this song. It always gets me up out of my seat.
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At first I thought it was Slave's Stevie Arrington, it sounds just like him!
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I love this song! Takes me back to the good 'ol days!!

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