Fred Johnson

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Observed from a distance sitting on a piano bench, this performer named Fred Johnson could easily be mistaken for the earlier classic jazz and boogie-woogie pianist usually credited as Freddy Johnson.…
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Observed from a distance sitting on a piano bench, this performer named Fred Johnson could easily be mistaken for the earlier classic jazz and boogie-woogie pianist usually credited as Freddy Johnson. A similar confusion could result upon meeting up with the former Johnson's songwriting catalog: some of this material was recorded by doo wop groups, a genre that already has one famous Fred Johnson in the form of the bass singer from the Marcels. The co-writer of R&B songs such as the imaginative "All in My Mind" or the repetitive "Baby Oh Baby" should be mistaken for neither party. Johnson was a pianist and arranger with the Leroy Kirkland Band, an expansive outfit that recorded for labels such as Savoy in the '50s. His close collaborations with female vocalists blossomed during this period, the pianist coming up with the aforementioned "All in My Mind" alongside supremely soulful Maxine Brown. Johnson later married vocalist Pearl Woods, their vows apparently specifying songwriting time as the couple came up with "Don't Stop the Wedding" and the morose "I'll Be a Crybaby from Now On," among others. Johnson's songs were covered by vocal groups such as the Shells, the Paragons and the Harptones.