Jimmy Johnson, a well-known recording artist, died of a stroke at the age of 93 at his home in Harvey.
According to his wife, Sherry, the Chicago bluesman battled colon cancer while recording tunes for Delmark Records for decades.
“He was one of those outstanding performers that you could recognize just by hearing one note of his voice or one note of his guitar,” Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer remarked.
“His fervent, high-tenor voice and graceful minor-key guitar string bending were instantly recognizable.
He was not merely a fiery guitarist and a powerful, distinct voice, but his music had the profound emotional impact of the best blues,” Bruce continued.
Onstage and in the studio, Johnson’s ferocious performances were matched by his vast musical knowledge and scrupulous attention to detail.
According to Elbio Barilari, Delmark’s artistic director and producer of Mr. Johnson’s latest album, “Every Day of Your Life,” more than 80,000 people watched the label’s live broadcast commemorating Mr. Johnson on his 92nd birthday.
Jimmy Johnson Cause Of Death
Johnson did a Facebook livestream every Saturday from his house throughout the coronavirus outbreak, with an audience from over 60 countries.
Reggie Boyd Sr., Jimmy Dawkins, Freddie King, and Otis Rush were among the musicians who mentored him. According to Delmark, he was also a member of the Junior Wells band.
Mr. Johnson, who also played piano, was awarded “Blues Artist of the Year” by the critics of Living Blues Magazine in 2021.
In 2016, he was inducted into the Memphis Blues Hall of Fame.