As I’m working my way through all the neglected mails and messages of the past few weeks, I feel my mood brighten with each encouraging sentence I read. Thank you all again for letting me know that SOTS matters to you.
Since I’m always in need of inspiration, I welcome every bit of input. So, a special thanks goes out to Jimmy T. for sending me a cover version of the Ben E. King classic Stand By Me by L.V. Johnson.
L. V. Johnson definitely is a vastly underrated artist. He wrote hits for such greats as Tyrone Davis and The Dells, for example, was a staff guitarist at STAX, touring with soul icon Tyrone Davis before eventually going solo in the 80’s.
You can hear his guitar on recordings by Johnnie Taylor, The Bar-Kays, and The Soul Children. Quite impressive. Isn’t it? He also wrote for Bobby Blue Bland.
What’s even more impressive is that his guitar teacher was the one and only B. B. King.
You’ll find his discography on Discogs.
L.V. Johnson was born 1946 in Chicago and died there, way too young, in 1994.
Stand By Me is from his 1986 album All Night Party (Sunnyview Records) which was co-produced by Bunny Siegler.
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