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March 19, 2001:  Johnnie Johnson is Inducted
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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It took place at the sixteenth annual induction dinner.
Keith Richard was his presenter. Johnnie Johnson was born July 8, 1924.

Article From The Chicago-Tribune: February 9, 2001
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Johnnie Gets Inducted
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honors Legends

www.nyrock.com/worldbeat/12_2000/121300.asp

December 13, 2000. (Yahoo/Hoopla Media) – 11 new inductees to the Cleveland-based hall of fame were announced in a live presentation Tuesday morning. The induction ceremony, featuring the traditional all-star jam session, will take place March 19 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

Pianist/composer Johnnie Johnson is among the 2001 inductees in the "Side-Man" category. As Chuck Berry's bandleader and writing partner for almost 40 years, Johnson has been championed as the true father of rock 'n' roll by Hall of Famers Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Bob Weir. Criteria considered for induction into this 1999 established category includes the influence and significance of the musician's contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

"This is the best Christmas present I could have gotten," enthused Johnson, 76, who is widely recognized as the best blues pianist in the world today. "I'm so happy I could burst. They (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation) didn't know where to put me for a while. Even though I made up the music to a lot of Chuck's songs, my name wasn't on the records, so I guess because of their rules they couldn't put me in with Chuck. But thanks to all the people who supported me, they came up with this "Side-Man" category last year, and now all of us who weren't famous have a place to go. I'm very thankful for that."

For Johnson and his many supporters, this day has been a long time coming. Since 1995, Johnson has been the subject of an intense and unprecedented campaign by Houston businessman George Turek, who publicly urged the voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee to induct Johnson. It is believed that Turek's efforts in part led to the Foundation creating its "Side-Man" category last year. "Johnnie changed the course of music history. I'm ecstatic for him and his family," remarked Turek.

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Native Detroiter Seeks Recognition
for Rock Pioneer Johnnie Johnson

Detroit Free Press, August 16, 1999
www.freep.com/news/metro/qdes16.htm

George Turek, has been trying for years to get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to recognize the efforts of Johnnie Johnson, left, who composed for Chuck Berry. "Johnny B. Goode" was Berry's tribute to Johnson.

AS Detroit-born businessman George Turek left a meeting at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland earlier this month, he sensed he was about to realize his life's dream. In the last five years, he'd spent countless hours and a small fortune trying to get the rock 'n' roll industry to recognize the contributions of his best friend, pianist Johnnie Johnson.

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George Turek and his fiancee, Linda Nutter, were listening to a blues band in Memphis, Tenn., in 1992 when George wondered:  Why not fly the band up to Detroit for their wedding? By then, his medical management company was a national corporation. Money was no object.

Weeks before the 1993 wedding, the band canceled. Desperate, George remembered that his brother had bought another band's CD in Memphis. "I listened to that CD and knew immediately, I had to have that band," George remembers during a phone interview. The CD was "Johnnie B. Bad," and the performer was pianist Johnnie Johnson.

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Turek has lobbied tirelessly for Johnson to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He self-published a hardcover biography of Johnson's life, "Father of Rock & Roll: The Story of Johnnie 'B. Goode' Johnson," written by his stepson, Travis Fitzpatrick. He has organized a petition drive signed by the likes of Keith Richards, Bo Diddley and Little Richard.

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Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  ·   Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame Honors Legends
Native Detroiter Seeks Recognition for Johnnie 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

 


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