b. c.1951, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Johnson initially worked at Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One where he recorded, ‘Scorcher’. The success of his debut led to the predictably titled, ‘More Scorcher’, but also the edifying ‘Call 1143’ and the eloquent ‘Connection Train’. In the early 70s Johnson teamed up alongside Lloyd Young from the Groovers (best remembered for the hit, ‘I Want To Go Back Home’). The combination known as Carey And Lloyd embarked on sessions with Joe Gibbs, which resulted in the release of, ‘Joshua Row Us Home’ in support of the late Michael Manley’s political campaign. The hit led to sessions with Alvin ‘GG’ Ranglin who produced ‘Do It Again’ and ‘Only One Wife’ alongside the duo’s landmark hit ‘Scorpion’ that utilised the Maytones’ ‘Hands And Feet’. With Karl ‘Sir JJ’ Johnson they released ‘Soup’, which led to the favoured ‘Butter And Bread’ and the fanciful ‘High Explosion’. The duo also released a classic version of the Maytals’ ‘Pomps And Pride’ re-titled ‘Come Down’ and also featured on the Joe Higgs’ timeless, ‘The World Is Upside Down’ as ‘Down Side Up’.
The duo fell out of fashion in the late 70s and as a result Johnson maintained a low profile until the mid-80s, when ‘Bubbles’ Cameron of Uhuru productions produced ‘Real Fashion Reggae Style’. Johnson’s hit was licensed to a major label (inspired by their success with Maxi Priest) that resulted in a UK Top 20 hit and spent eight weeks on the chart. The song was closer to calypso with the horn section creating a carnival feel and became the Caribbean summer anthem of 1987. Johnson followed the hit with ‘Typical Jamaican’ but has since kept a low profile.