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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Another hero has left us; tribute to General Johnson



General Johnson, lead singer of the Showmen as well as Chairmen Of The Board, has passed away far too early at age 67.

Best known for the sublime hits "It Will Stand" (The Showmen) as well as the massive "Give Me A Little More Time" (Chairmen Of The Board), General also had a hand in writing and production; his song "Are You Satis-fied?" as recorded by 3 Degrees (1966) is easily among my top 20 soul records of all time.

My personal favorite General lead vocal is the double sided masterpiece from the Showmen- "Our Love Will Grow" b/w "You're My Everything" (1965) which I first featured back in November 2008.

In honor of yet another sad loss, here's a repeat of these three great sides from General.

from 1965...

THE SHOWMEN - OUR LOVE WILL GROW

b/w YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING

THE 3 DEGREES - ARE YOU SATISFIED?

7 comments:

DaveO said...

Sad to hear for General Johnson's passing.. 'Our Love Will Grow' and 'Are You Satis-fied' are two of my favourite tunes I've picked up from you.. The man knew his stuff. Great to hear the b-side of the Showmen 45. Thanks for sharing.
Dave

Anonymous said...

A great loss. He had a wide and varied career. Later in his career he dabbled Carolina "Beach" music, producing a wonderful version of Rockaway Beach with Joey Ramone. W.

brianbrora said...

A very sad loss. One of the most distinctive voices ever.

Anonymous said...

Our Love Will Grow just knocked me on my ass.

More Norman Johnson PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

"Our Love Will Grow" is truly amazing. It boggles the mind.
The double side by The Showmen is great too.
Definitely a sad loss.
RIP Norman Johnson.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P...a unique voice,a sad sad loss,irreplaceable!!!

Jem said...

He will be missed. Thank you for posting these records.