Jimmy Johnson, a founding father of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and guitarist with the famed studio musicians “The Swampers,” has died. He was 76.
His household introduced in a Fb put up that he died Thursday.
As a studio musician, recording engineer and report producer, Johnson performed a job in iconic hits by Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.
Musician Jason Isbell posted on Twitter, writing “The mighty Jimmy Johnson has passed. A lot of my favorite music wouldn’t exist without him.”
Bassist and enterprise companion David Hood stated Johnson was a “friend who became a brother” and an inspiration to him and numerous others within the music enterprise.
“Jimmy was just an all-around phenomenal music guy,” Hood stated.
Johnson started work as knowledgeable guitar participant at an early age and have become a studio musician with FAME Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He later helped discovered the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, which turned a recording vacation spot for well-known artists.
In keeping with the Alabama Music Corridor of Fame, Johnson’s “distinctive guitar fills” could be heard on the recordings of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers and others. Johnson additionally was famend as a recording engineer who labored the controls of Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” and The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses,” amongst different hits.
Hood stated that Johnson might hear issues within the studio that others did not.
“When he first signed Lynyrd Skynyrd, nobody thought anybody would want to hear that,” Hood stated of the long-haired Southern rock group. “But he believed in them, fought for them and never gave up on them.” The group immortalized The Swampers with a reference on “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Johnson all the time remained humble, Hood stated, recalling how Johnson’s mom would host home-cooked dinners for “all these rock and roll people” of their small house in Sheffield.
Johnson’s son, Jay Johnson, wrote on Fb: “He is gone. Playing music with the angels now.”