Jeanie Johnson (Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Corinth, Mississippi, USA, February 6, 1943 - August 19, 2018) was an
American singer and session-singer, associated with Muscle Shoals in the late 1960s. She was also known as Mary Johnson (Sun Records), Mary Elizabeth Lee, Mary Greene, and as Jeanie Johnson, Jeanie Fortune and Jeanie Greene on recordings as solo artist. She continued to work as a backup singer through the 1970s and 1980s.
Mississippi native Mary Elizabeth started her recording career under the stage name Jeanie Johnson in 1958 when she contracted with RCA Victor with assistance by Chet Atkins. The mid 1960s brought about a new moniker, Jeanie Fortune; an introduction to future husband Marlin Greene, and backing vocals session work at American Studios in Memphis & Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama.
Toward the end of the sixties, under her married name, Jeanie Greene, she released a singles for both Atco and Cotillion, her 1971 full length solo debut, Elektra's Mary Called Jeanie Greene and gigs in both The Alabama State Troupers and Southern Comfort. Throughout Mary Elizabeth Lee's career as a singer, songwriter and keyboardist, her vocals can be heard on recordings by Wayne Berry, Reuben Howell, Eddy Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Don Nix and Dan Penn as well as on stage at The Concert for Bangla Desh and with Elvis Presley On Stage: February 1970.
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