BIOGRAPHY – BOBBY JOHNSON
His singing and stage presentation is a reminder of artist’s such as Otis Redding, James Brown & Joe Tex. Of Jamaican origin, he immigrated to London during the early 60′s
After a few years he formed a rhythm & blues band namely “Bobby Johnson & The Atoms”, playing regurlarly at the famous Marquee, Flamingo & Whisky A Gogo clubs in central London and parts of nothern England.
He and his band had the opportunity to perform with international artist’s such as: Eric Burdon & The Animals, Georgie Fame & The Blues Flames, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, and Ike & Tina Turner on various concert programmes.
They recorded an album and a hit single for Ember Records entitled ” Tramp/ Do it again a little bit Slower”, which was a major success on the English and other European markets.
The band moved on to Italy in the mid 70′s, during which period they toured all the major cities, and was a featured attraction on several open air concerts with artist’s such as: Al Bano, Gianni Morandi, Massimo Raineri, Peppino di Capri, I Pooh and Loredana Berti & Rocky Roberts.
Bobby also appeared on several TV and radio programmes during his stay in Italy. Living and working in Switzerland since 1973, he has performed with several local band’s on club, television and radio dates :
- « TOXIC »
- « TURNING POINT BAND »
- « THE CORNER STONE SOUL BAND »
During the past years he has performed at several prestigious festivals in Europe, namely the:
- Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)
- Blue Balls Festival (Switzerland)
- Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy)
- Porretta Soul & Narni Black Festivals (Italy)
- Nice Jazz Festival (France)
- Casablanca Jazz Festival (Morocco).
On previous occasions he has appeared as the opening act for Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd & The Blues Brothers Band and others.
Always faithful to his gospel, rhythm & blues upbringing, Bobby Johnson is a great entertainer and soul singer.