b. 11 December 1939, Liverpool, England. In the early 60s, Johnson was the lead singer/rhythm guitarist of the country Merseybeat band Sonny Webb And The Cascades. They developed into the Hillsiders, which for many years was the UK’s top country band, recording with Bobby Bare and George Hamilton IV. Johnson left in 1975 and soon formed his own band, Kenny Johnson And Northwind, which, for many years, has been regarded as one of the best bands on Merseyside. Johnson’s passionate vocals are enhanced by Bobby Arnold’s driving electric guitar. They play contemporary country music, often written by Johnson, but occasionally perform oldies gigs as Sonny Webb And The Cascades. Johnson’s song ‘Today’ is a favourite on request shows and at Merseyside weddings. Johnson takes his time over his recordings but Summer Nights featured 16 of his own compositions with no fillers. John Fogerty and John Anderson influences are apparent on the album, but there is also much of Johnson’s own originality including a touching song about growing up on Merseyside, ‘Old Hutte Lane’. Johnson writes for West Virginia and he produced Julie Finney’s Something Called Love. His weekly programme on BBC Radio Merseyside has the highest listening figures for any regional country show.
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