Jimmy Johnson

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Jimmy Johnson helped define the Chicago Blues of the 1960s and 70s with a series of live performances and recordings. Some of his best known songs were captured at Bob Koester's Delmark Records. Jimmy wrote several songs recorded by other artists and toured the world performing with the likes of Otis Rush and Freddie King. Jimmy was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, one of ten children who grew up surrounded by music. His younger brother, singer Syl Johnson, and Jimmy were urged by their piano playing uncle to move to Chicago to be close to the developing blues scene. Over the years Jimmy participated in thousands of music festivals and continued to perform virtually during the pandemic that emerged in 2020. In 2016, Jimmy was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, which is based in Memphis.