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Name:    Johnson, Lonnie
Profession:  Entertainer
Category:  African-American Experience
Description:    Lonnie Johnson has been called by historian William Barlow the most influential musician in St. Louis blues circles during the 1920s. He was a gifted composer and an accomplished and versatile musician and was a central figure in the development of urban blues.

Johnson began performing on a St. Louis riverboat in 1920 and later played in honkytonks across the river in East St. Louis. He recorded more than 100 records between the mid-1920s and the early 1930s. He also accompanied jazz legends Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington on recordings. Johnson left St. Louis in the late 1920s and eventually settled in Chicago.

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