This Eddie Johnson may not be the same Edward Johnson who was considered to be one of Britain's finest composers in the 16th century, but by writing a song entitled "A Good Gal Is Hard to Find," he may have trumped all hands in terms of snappy bits of common sense. Johnson was creating an "answer" song to "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," written in 1918 by Eddie Green Never mind the fact that both songs are written by men named Eddie; more important is that by any form of measurement, it is the Green song that has enjoyed enduring success in cover versions, having been recorded at least 100 times.
Johnson's tune, in comparison, primarily served as fodder for country and western star Hank Snow, fitting snugly into his musical persona right down to the word "gal." Seeking out the life essence of grizzled, wrinkly men wearing cowboy hats, Johnson's ditty found its way into the repertoire of performers such as Western swing bandleader Don Walser, and honky tonk kingpin Hank Thompson. Based on the lack of much further fodder in his songwriting catalog, it might be said that this Eddie Johnson was a one-hit wonder. Perhaps the inevitable obscurity accompanying such a feat is desired: if word got around that he was the composer of "A Good Gal is Hard to Find," it would be a wonder if Johnson only got hit once.