February 7, 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana – April 17, 2003
Earl Silas Johnson IV was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music. In his youth he sang gospel music, started to play guitar at age 15.
A composer of well known standards such as Come On (covered by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Professor Longhair’s Big Chief, he is an important figure in New Orleans R&B music.
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