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Al Johnson

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While never long in the spotlight, Al Johnson has quietly created some very memorable Soul music for himself and others over a nearly forty year career, and has developed a small but loyal following over that period as a top notch songwriter, singer and musician.

Johnson first scored as the lead singer of the Unifics, a group formed at Howard University in Washington , D.C. which had a big hit with “The Court of Love.” After another minor hit, “The Beginning of My End,” the group split and Johnson began a 30 year string as a session musician, arranger and producer.

Johnson next formed the short lived group Positive Change and also recorded a minor solo album, Peaceful, in 1978. He then worked with producer extraordinaire, Norman Connors, providing guest vocals on Connors’ Take It To the Limit album. Connors returned the favor, producing Johnson’s major label debut, Back For More, a gem of an album that included a number of new cuts plus re-recordings of a few songs from Peaceful. The title cut from the album, a duet with Jean Carn, (later covered by Tavares) became an underground Soul classic. The rest of the album was wonderful, especially the upbeat “I’ve Got My Second Wind” and the beautiful ballads “You Are My Personal Angel” and “Peaceful.” And while initial sales of the album did not merit a follow-up, the disc became a cult classic that is still considered by many as one of the great soul albums of the early 80s…

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