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Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson was one of the three great boogie-woogie pianists (along with Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis) whose sudden prominence in the late '30s helped make the style very popular. Originally a drummer, Johnson switched to piano in 1922. He was part of the Kansas City scene in the 1920s and '30s, often accompanying singer Big Joe Turner. Producer John Hammond discovered him in 1936 and got him to play at the Famous Door in New York. After taking part in Hammond's 1938 Spirituals to Swing Carnegie Hall concert in 1938, Johnson started recording regularly and appeared on an occasional basis with Ammons and Lewis as the Boogie Woogie Trio. He also backed Turner on some classic records. Johnson recorded often in the 1940s and spent much of 1947-1949 based in Los Angeles. He moved to Buffalo in 1950 and, other than an appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, he was in obscurity for much of the decade. A stroke later in 1958 left him partly paralyzed. Johnson made one final appearance at John Hammond's January 1967 Spirituals to Swing concert, playing the right hand on a version of "Roll 'Em Pete" two months before his death. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: King Of The Boogie Woogie

1. Bottomland Boogie

2. Dive Bomber

3. Basement Boogie

4. Kaycee Feeling

5. Light Out Mood

6. Mr. Freddie Blues

7. Boo Woo

8. Death Ray Boogie

9. Answer To The Boogie

10. Rock It Boogie

11. Zero Hour

12. Pete's Mixture

13. It's All Right Baby

14. Just For You

15. 627 Stomp

16. Boogie Woogie Prayer

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Track List: Margie

1. 66 Stomp

2. Central Avenue Drag

3. Hollywood Boogie

4. Margie

5. Minute Boogie

6. Pete Kay Bogie

7. Plain Food Blues

8. Swanee River Boogie

9. Wiley's Boogie

10. Yancey Street Boogie

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Track List: All Star Swing Groups

Disc 1

1. Jericho

2. Talk To Me

3. Concerto For Cozy

4. Body And Soul

5. Nice And Cozy

6. Old Man River

7. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

8. Ridin' The Riff

9. Flat Rock

10. Jersey Jumpoff

11. Stompin' At The Savoy

12. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

13. Jump Awhile

14. Pete's Lonesome Blues

Disc 2

1. Mr. Drum Meets Mr. Piano

2. Mutiny In The Doghouse

3. Mr. Clarinet Knocks Twice

4. Ben Rides Out

6. Page Mr. Trumpet

8. J.C. From K.C.

9. Pete's Housewarming

10. Atomic Boogie

11. Backroom Blues

13. 1280 Stomp

14. I May Be Wonderful

15. Man Wanted

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Track List: Hey! Piano Man: Selected Boogie Woogie Sides Remastered - CD C

1. Dying Mother Blues

2. Fo' O'Clock Blues

3. Roll 'Em

6. Shuggle Boogie

7. Lone Star Blues

8. Buss Robinson Blues

9. B&O Blues

10. How Long How Long

11. Climbin' And Screamin'

12. Buss Robinson Blues

13. Pete's Blues

14. Let 'Em Jump

15. Pete's Blues No. 2

16. Boogie Woogie

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Track List: The St. Louis Parties

1. B. W. Thing

2. Just For You

3. Story By Pete Johnson

4. Basin Street Blues

5. Perdido

6. Boo-Woo

7. 12th Street Rag

8. All Out (Boogie In Multiple)

9. Stardust

10. C Jam Blues

11. Unidentified Chorus

12. All Of Me

13. B. W. Mixture (B. W. For 2/3/4)

14. Ramble Into Just For You

15. K. C. Blues

16. Harris Propelled

17. Honeysuckle Rose

18. I'm Yours

19. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

20. Rosetta

21. Sweet Lorraine

22. Body And Soul

23. St. Louis Blues

24. How Long, How Long

25. Bill's Blues For K. C.

26. Fragment By Pete

27. Joe Turner Medley

28. Yancey Special

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Track List: 1940-1944

1. Blues On The Down Beat

2. Kaycee On My Mind

3. Basement Boogie

4. Death Ray Boogie

5. Just For You

6. Pete's Mixture

7. Kaycee Feeling

8. Lights Out Mood

9. Jive Bomber

10. Answer To The Boogie

11. Mr. Freddy Blues

12. Zero Hour

13. Bootomland Boogie

14. Rock It Boogie

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Track List: Pete Johnson 1938-1939

1. Goin' Away Blues

2. Roll 'Em, Pete

3. Boo Woo

4. Home James

5. Shuffle Boogie

6. Lone Star Blues

7. B & O Blues

8. How Long, How Long

9. Climbin' And Screamin'

10. Buss Robinson Blues

11. Pete's Blues

12. Let 'Em Jump

13. Pete's Blues No. 2

14. Cherry Red

15. Baby, Look At You

16. Lovin' Mama Blues

17. Cafe Society Rag

18. Boogie Woogie

19. Vine Street Bustle

20. Some Day Blues

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Track List: Central Avenue Boogie

1. Pete Kay Boogie

2. Central Avenue Drag

3. Margie

4. 66 Stomp

5. Minute Boogie

6. Yancey Street Boogie

7. Swanee River Boogie

11. Hollywood Boogie

12. Plain Food Blues

13. Plain Food Blues

14. Wiley's Boogie

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Definetly a unique piano player, really knows how to get real music out there. unlike the noise that's played today!
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Blueprint
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There must be at least 2500+ boogie piano players in the country....a n d they all have their own distinctive sound.....Ho w do they do that? Love it..... It stirs the body and soul.
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Ooohhhh...he ' s good!
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God
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creolelorrai n e d u l e c h e
where was he born and raised///i know he didn't get that much soul from l.a., n.y., or k.c.....gott a be from mis'sippi or louisiana... m a y b e texas or alabama
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never heard of or heard anything from this guy. first impression.. . . simple, but great. guess thats why they say less is more
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Wow!!!
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thepainter2
jammin boogie great artist
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ROLL EM!! MAN this is why I want to learn piano!!
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THIS is classic Pete Johnson.

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