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Johnnie Be Good - The Film!

Johnnie Johnson "In 2003 I was finishing my first documentary Before They Fall Off the Cliff: the Ripple Effect of Schizophrenia and the last thing on my mind was documentary number two. When a colleague, Tony Chambers, suggested there might be an opportunity to produce a documentary about Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson, I asked myself: when is the next time you’ll get a chance to produce a documentary about one of the creators of rock and rolll? Never was the logical answer.

I met with Johnnie and Frances Johnson. They reminded me of the cool grandparents everyone wishes they had and I was hooked. That was two years before Johnnie died at the age of 80. The good news is that I made a new friend and I got to hear first hand what it was like to be one of
the handful of people who created rock and roll. Humble
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superstars are rare gems. Johnnie had to be coaxed and prodded to talk about his greatness and accomplishments. Letting his magic, musical hands do the talking, Johnnie was without ego. Imagine that: a man who played with Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Aerosmith, had zero interest in trying to convince you he was great. More surprisingly, Johnnie was not bitter, although he had every right to be. Deserving of widespread fame, it never happened for Johnnie. Although Chuck Berry and Johnnie Johnson were rock and roll’s first great song-writing team, Johnnie’s fame paled in comparison to Berry’s. This documentary is a reminder of what Johnnie Johnson contributed to popular music: the sound of rock and roll."

Art Holliday - Director

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