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Blues Anatomy with Jef Lee Johnson: Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson

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Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson honors Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson (1899-1970), the blues star of the 1920s who’s generally regarded as the creator of the now-common single-note guitar solo. Johnson was also a vocalist, and second only to Blind Lemon Jefferson in sales among male blues performers of that era. Yet there’s something amiss with this tribute, which uses a Philadelphia-rooted cast to honor the New Orleans-born Johnson.

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