Label: Basins Recordings - BR 11 • Format: Cassette Partially Unofficial, Stereo • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Rhythm & Blues
Best known as the guitarist in Dr. Born John Wilkinson which he inverted to come up with his stage name inJohnson grew up in the coastal Canvey Island area, and played around the local music scene during the '60s often in jug bands. He studied at Newcastle University beginning inbut returned home during breaks to keep up his musical activities. Inafter returning from a trip to Yall Know - Will Smith - Big Willie Style, he joined the band that became Dr.
Feelgoodand quickly became one of their focal points thanks to his maniacally intense stage presence. Feelgood played locally for a couple of years and made their debut in London in the summer of ; their distinctively scruffy image and menacing energy soon made them a hot commodity on the pub rock circuit. The band released its debut album, Down by the Jettyin ; Johnson stayed for two more studio albums Malpractice and Sneakin' Suspicion and the chart-topping live document Stupiditycontributing a number of fine original songs.
However, tensions between Johnson and the rest of She Never Spoke Spanish To Me - Joe Ely - No Bad Talk Or Loud Talk 77-81 group led to his departure toward the end of The following year, Johnson joined Ian Dury 's Blockheadswhere he remained until ; there he met bassist Norman Watt-Roywho later became a regular collaborator.
The latter If You Want Me - The Wilko Johnson Band* - Live At Basins 13-12-1987. the first recording with his new regular group, the Wilko If You Want Me - The Wilko Johnson Band* - Live At Basins 13-12-1987.
Bandfeaturing Watt-Roy and drummer Salvatore Ramundo. Ramundo was replaced in by Steve Monti ex- Curve for the Barbed Wire Blues tour and remained in the band -- which toured almost literally nonstop throughout Europe and Japan for the next decade -- until he tired of touring and was replaced by ex- Blockhead Dylan Howe. Johnson finally had the opportunity to release another album, Going Back Home for Mystic. There has been renewed interest in Johnson 's career in the 21st century, due largely Sleeping Bag - ZZ Top - Afterburner director Julien Temple 's Oil City Confidentiala documentary about Dr.
Feelgood and Johnson. The film appeared on the festival circuit, where it drew rave reviews, as did the soundtrack. Following a tour on which he supported the Stranglerssaw Johnson publish his autobiography, Looking Back on Me. In earlyJohnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and announced that his televised performance on the show Madness Live: Goodbye Television Centre would be his last. However, the summer brought impromptu live appearances with Watt-Roy and Howe in Essex, and by the end of that November he had recorded an album of re-interpretations of material from his back catalog in collaboration with the Who 's Roger Daltrey.
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