World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Jesse Johnson (musician)

Article Id: WHEBN0004094353
Reproduction Date:

Title: Jesse Johnson (musician)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: The Original 7ven, Can You Help Me, Vanity (singer), Ta Mara and the Seen, Fruit at the Bottom
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Jesse Johnson (musician)

Jesse Johnson
Birth name Jesse Woods Johnson
Born (1960-06-01) June 1, 1960
Origin Rock Island, Illinois
Genres Funk, rock, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Time
Da Krash
Paula Abdul
Kool Skool
TaMara and the Seen
Janet Jackson

Jesse Woods Johnson (born June 1, 1960 in Rock Island, Illinois) is a musician best known as the guitarist in the original lineup of The Time (more recently known as The Original 7ven).[1]

Johnson moved to St. Louis at the age of nine and was raised by foster parents after his parents split up. At age 16 he moved back to Rock Island to live with his father. Johnson began playing guitar when he was 15, honing his chops in local rock bands such as Treacherous Funk, Pilot, and Dealer, throughout his teens and early twenties. On a friend's recommendation, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1981, where he met Morris Day and played briefly in Day's band which was called Enterprise. He then became the lead guitarist for the city's funk rock group, The Time.

Although Prince basically recorded the first two Time albums on his own with Morris Day, Johnson did contribute to the Vanity 6 project with a song called "Bite The Beat" co-written with Prince. On The Time's third album, Ice Cream Castle, Johnson contributed to the smash singles "The Bird" and "Jungle Love" (the group's most memorable single), which were helped by the popularity of the Purple Rain film.

However, at the height of The Time's popularity following the Purple Rain, Johnson left the band and with the help of Manager Owen Husney signed a solo deal with The Breakfast Club (contributing "Heart Too Hot To Hold", a duet with Stephanie Spruill), Pretty In Pink, Another 48 Hrs. and White Men Can't Jump.

Johnson has produced a wide variety of artists, most notable are TaMara and the Seen, After7, Paula Abdul, Da Krash, Kool Skool, Janet Jackson, Debbie Allen, Cheryl Lynn, and Les Rita Mitsouko. By 1990 The Time reformed and issued Pandemonium, which was even more of a group effort than Ice Cream Castle. The album allowed Johnson to contribute his heavy hard rock guitar sound to several tracks.

After the band dissolved once again, Johnson remained in the background for several years, quietly contributing to soundtracks and other artists. His music he recorded for the film A Time To Kill was not released on the soundtrack but can be heard in the film. Finally in 1996, Johnson released another album, Bare My Naked Soul on the Dinosaur Entertainment label. The album was a departure from his funk-filled albums from the 1980s and instead verged into blues and hard rock. It is considered to be the true guitar album that Johnson fans had wanted from him since the beginning of his career.

Four years later, the highlights of Johnson's solo albums were collected on 2000's Ultimate Collection, the album includes B-sides, 12" versions, album tracks, and one previously unreleased song called "Vibe".

After a nearly 14 year absence from the music scene, Johnson released a new double album Verbal Penetration Volumes 1 and 2 on October 27, 2009.

In February 2012, Johnson served as house guitarist behind a host of all-star blues musicians in the PBS special "In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues". Other members of the house band included Booker T. Jones, Bobby Ross Avila, Narada Michael Walden, Ernie Fields, Jr., Freddie Hendrix and Fred Wesley. Performers included B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Trombone Shorty and Gary Clark, Jr..


  • Solo discography 1
    • Studio albums 1.1
    • Compilation albums 1.2
    • Singles 1.3
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Solo discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1985 Jesse Johnson's Revue
  • Labels: A&M Records
43 8 700,000 (Worldwide Sales)
1986 Shockadelica
  • Labels: A&M Records
70 15 1,000,000 (Worldwide Sales)
1988 Every Shade of Love
  • Labels: A&M Records
79 26 500,000 (Worldwide Sales)
1996 Bare My Naked Soul
  • Labels: Dinosaur Entertainment Corporation
- -
2009 Verbal Penetration
  • Labels:
- -

Compilation albums


Year Title Chart positions
US Hot 100 US R&B US Club Play NZ UK
1985 "Be Your Man" 61 4 20 - -
"Heart Too Hot to Hold" - - - - -
"Can You Help Me?" 110 3 12 - -
"I Want My Girl" 76 7 - - -
"Let's Have Some Fun" - 87 - - -
1986 "Crazay" (featuring Sly Stone) 53 2 12 22 -
"She (I Can't Resist)" - 28 18 - 95
1987 "Baby Let's Kiss" - 23 - - -
"Black in America" - - - - -
"Free World" - - - - -
1988 "Love Struck" 78 4 13 25 76
"Every Shade of Love" - 19 - - 98
"I'm Just Wanting You" (Promo Single) - - - - -
1996 "My Life" - - - - -


  1. ^ "Jesse Johnson Makes It Big; Ex-Prince Protege".  

External links

  • Jesse Johnson's official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.