The name Eddie Johnson is common enough that it would be no surprise to find an Eddie Johnson involved in just about any endeavor in an English-speaking country. The genre of blues is no exception and in fact, the name Eddie Johnson is really a bluesy kind of moniker, perhaps building up expectations that are at first not met upon examining the actual existence of bluesmen named Eddie Johnson. Upon reflection, however, what might seem like scanty involvement in the blues by people named Eddie Johnson actually totals out to a cosmic statement concerning the reaction of discographers to the sum total creations of every musician named Eddie Johnson who has ever entered a recording studio: "I'm a Little Mixed Up."
Johnson, who co-wrote the latter song with vocalist Betty James, would be quick to argue that it is not about nerdy discographers at all, it concerns the usual things blues songs are about, subjects of romance and raucous living that this Eddie Johnson seemed to like exploring in collaboration with female performers. "Back Up" was the title of a single he cut himself in the '50s with Edna McRaney; it can be found in the encyclopedic Stompin' series. R&B queen Koko Taylor cut a marvelous cover version of the aforementioned "I'm a Little Mixed Up." Speaking of which, this is not the same Eddie Johnson who played tenor saxophone for
Louis Jordan and co-wrote "Jersey Bounce." It does appear to be the same Eddie Johnson who, as a bassist, backs up Elmore James on some early recordings, prompting speculation that like James, he might have drifted north to Chicago in pursuit of a recording career.