From Gretsch -
Guitarist, Jimmy Johnson deserves RESPECT!
As a guitarist, Jimmy Johnson deserves RESPECT! Why? Because he played guitar on the classic Aretha Franklyn mega-hit tune, “Respect”. Best known as the guitar playing member for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as “The Swampers”), he played on numerous classic R&B & Pop hit songs with his Gretsch 6120 guitar during the mid-1960s through the 70s. While taking a break during sessions at his studio in Sheffield, Alabama, Jimmy recently spoke to Gretsch about his guitar, amps & influences…
Porretta Soul Festival [July 20, 2014 - Day 4 of 4]
Check out The Swampers and other great Muscle Shoals folks! Skip to about 1:42 or so to get straight to Jimmy Johnson starting.
Session guitarist. Band member. Engineer. Producer. Music Publisher. Commercial Studio owner. Project Studio Pioneer.
If Jimmy Johnson had merely achieved competence in so many facets of his profession, his music would be note worthy. That he became so successful at each makes his career a virtual one-of-a-kind. But it’s when you listen to Jimmy Johnson’s stories of professional life lived almost entirely behind soundproof glass that his unique and staggering breadth of musical experience begins to sound like American pop music history itself.
Not that Jimmy would ever take himself that seriously. Watch his face while he answers, “Dumb luck” to the question, “What contributed most to your success?” and you’ll swear he half expects you to supply a better answer. But his opinion turns out not to be typical “aw-shucks” Southern self-depreciation. Jimmy Johnson really believes he’s one of the luckiest “pickers” to walk the earth.