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Johnnie Johnson:  Father of Rock 'N Roll
Page 2:  Johnnie's Official Biography, by Travis Fitzpatrick
Father of Rock & Roll. The Story of Johnnie "B. Goode "Johnson
Page 1:  A Brief Biography. The Life of Johnnie Johnson  ·  Page 2:  Johnnie’s Official Biography, by Travis Fitzpatrick
Page 3:  Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Induction, March 2001  ·   Page 4:  Johnnie’s Many Awards, Honors, & Certificates
Page 5:  Interviews with the Legendary Johnnie Johnson  ·   Page 6:  Johnnie is Honored in his Hometown of Fairmont
Johnnie's Biography  ·  The Johnnie Johnson / Travis Fitzpatrick Interview
Amazon Book Review
  ·  Fox Valley Blues Society Book Review

Father of Rock & Roll
The Story of Johnnie "B. Goode" Johnson, By Travis Fitzpatrick. Published in 1999. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize!
Johnnie Johnson's Biography:  The Father Of Rock 'N Roll, The Story of "Johnnie B. Goode" Johnson. Order your copy today from www.amazon.com.
This was a limited edition book, and is currently out of print,
but Amazon sometimes has a few used copies for sale.
Includes bonus CD featuring 14 tracks of music and interviews!

*Webmaster's Note:  I've been trying to convince Travis Fitzpatrick to write the sequel to his Pulitzer Prize nominated biography. We all know that the rest of Johnnie Johnson's story needs to be told, and Travis is just the right person to tell it! If you see Travis on the streets of Houston, tell him we're all hungry for the next book! And we'd like to see the re-issue of the first one! I'm the webmaster, and I can't even get my hands on a copy! Can anyone out there help me out? :-)

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THE ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME PRESENTS
Father Of Rock & Roll:  The Johnnie Johnson / Travis Fitzpatrick Interview by Ken Burke, Posted Sept. 30, 1999.
http://www.rockabillyhall.com/DrIJJohnson.html
Johnnie Johnson is one of the great unsung architects of rock 'n roll music. His flawless melding of fluid jazz with barrelhouse boogie-woogie and blues set a compelling countergroove to Chuck Berry's hopped-up country shuffles. The resultant string of hits not only sound fresh and jivey today, they also comprise the one body of work we can all point to with authority and say "THIS is rock'n'roll music."

History has cast the affable pianist as a mere sideman, but Johnson's role with Chuck Berry was actually more similar to Dave Bartholomew's with Fats Domino or Scotty Moore's with Elvis Presley. Johnson helped shape and refine Berry's sound, supplying music and head arrangements for the duckwalking guitarist's classic tongue-in-cheek teen anthems. Though he never received proper credit or royalty checks for his contributions, Johnson's impact on the first generation of rockers was every bit as profound as Berry's because he was truly the man behind the man.

When Berry was sent to jail at the peak of his early success, Johnson went to work for another guitar legend, Albert King, serving in the same uncredited role for the bad-ass bluesman as he had for the rocker. By working with two such important figures in American music, you'd figure the pianist would be far better known than he is, but a great many factors have keep him in the shadows.

Perhaps the reason we know so little about Johnson's contributions is due to the fact that he has never engaged in the unseemly boasting of many of his contemporaries. Though his playing provides plenty of excitement and release for his listeners, the man himself is stoic and carries himself with great dignity. There's also the matter of location. Refusing to leave the St. Louis area (not exactly the hub of the entertainment industry), Johnson juggled full time jobs, weekend gigs, occasional tours, and studio dates all while nearly drinking himself to death during a 40 year battle with alcoholism.

Chuck Berry's resurrection in the 1986 film, Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll!, was the beginning of Johnson's rebirth as well. Such admirers as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and George Throrogood clamored for his services, wanting Johnson to bring the same Chess Records magic to their recordings as he had Berry's.
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Father of Rock & Roll, The Story of Johnnie "B Goode" Johnson
By Travis Fitzpatrick  ~  
Editorial Review From Amazon.com

"On December 30, 1953, a piano player named Johnnie Johnson phoned me, asking me to join his Sir Johns Trio for a gig on the eve of the year of 1953.", remembers rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry. And the rest was history. Or was it?

Now for the first time, author Travis Fitzpatrick opens the door on the life of the legendary piano man, Johnnie B. Goode Johnson, the modest musical savant who created rock and roll--and never received credit for it.

They called him the music man. For over twenty years, Johnnie Johnson manned the keys as Chuck Berry's pianist and bandleader, collaborating with him on more than one hundred songs and providing Berry with the distinct sound and boogie rhythm that made him a star. The inspiration behind the first rock and roll hero, Johnny B. Goode, Johnson's music would influence the entire rock pantheon, from Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Yet through it all, Johnnie Johnson remained a mystery. Driven by a partner's greed and his own personal demons into a life of impoverished anonymity, the world seemed destined to never know the truth about Johnnie Johnson. Until now.

This is the story behind the best kept secret in rock and roll. It is a story of a man who was lost and found, the partner who forsook him, the woman who saved him, and a young friend who dedicated his life to secure an unsung hero his rightful place in history. This is the story of the music that shaped the world. This is the story of the Father of Rock & Roll.

About the Author:  Travis Fitzpatrick was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia not far from Johnnie Johnson's hometown of Fairmont. He lived in California, Michigan, and Tennessee before settling in Houston, Texas. Fitzpatrick first met Johnson in 1993 and commenced writing Father of Rock & Roll: The Story of Johnnie B. Goode Johnson in 1995 - at the age of nineteen. As of the first printing of this book, he was attending the University of Texas at Austin.

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Book Review:  The Father Of Rock 'N Roll
The Story of Johnnie "B Goode" Johnson By Travis Fitzpatrick

Fox Valley Blues Society, 1999 by Dave Glynn
www.foxvalleyblues.org/articles/bookrev-johnniejohnson.html

Johnnie Johnson's biography tells a heartening story of a man who battled a lot in life, but was guided by the angels along the way. He would have to have the help of the angels because there is no way another individual could have survived so many brushes with death. Despite Johnnie's fight for life, his music and his nonchalant behavior are a steady theme through his struggles.

Author Travis Fitzpatrick does a beautiful job of threading musical history through this tale of Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry's original piano player and collaborator for most of his hits. Meet the Chess brothers, who are presented as astute business men and knew how to exploit the music and its authors. Meet Chuck Berry, can you stand to ever look at him again? Meet Albert King who scares the daylights out of you. Enter Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and a host of other musicians in awe of Johnnie's 'God-given' talent.

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Johnnie's Biography  ·  The Johnnie Johnson / Travis Fitzpatrick Interview
Amazon Book Review
  ·  Fox Valley Blues Society Book Review
Page 1:  A Brief Biography. The Life of Johnnie Johnson  ·  Page 2:  Johnnie’s Official Biography, by Travis Fitzpatrick
Page 3:  Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Induction, March 2001  ·   Page 4:  Johnnie’s Many Awards, Honors, & Certificates
Page 5:  Interviews with the Legendary Johnnie Johnson  ·   Page 6:  Johnnie is Honored in his Hometown of Fairmont

 


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