L.V. Johnson (December 25, 1946 – November 22, 1994)
was an American
Chicago blues and soul-blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is
best known for his renditions of "Don't Cha Mess With My Money, My Honey
Or My Woman" and "Recipe". He worked with The Soul Children, The
Bar-Kays and Johnnie Taylor, plus his self penned songs were recorded by
Tyrone Davis, Bobby Bland and The
Dells. He was the nephew of Elmore James.
Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois, and learned his guitar playing
from B.B. King.
Johnson was originally a session musician employed by Stax Records, and
he played on recordings by The Bar-Kays, Johnnie Taylor, and The Soul
Children. His songs "Are You Serious" and "True Love Is Hard to Find"
were both hit singles for Tyrone Davis, while "Country Love" was
recorded by Bobby Bland. The Dells reached the US Billboard charts with
their version of Johnson's "Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation".
Johnson's association with Tyrone Davis extended to him being Davis'
accompanist, until Johnson embarked on a modest solo career in the early
1980s. He then recorded for ICA, Phono, and Ichiban Records, although
his style did not garner much commercial success. Up to his early death
from undisclosed causes, Johnson was also the part-owner of a steakhouse
and nightclub in Chicago.
L.V. Johnson died in Chicago in November 1994, at the age of 47.
Johnson's track "I Don't Really Care" was sampled by J. Dilla in 2006,
and appeared on the track "Airworks" on Dilla's album, Donuts. The same
track was sampled by Strong Arm Steady in 2010, and featured on the
track "Chittlins & Pepsi" (featuring Planet Asia), on Strong Arm
Steady's album, In Search of Stoney Jackson.