My Music

My Music

by Samuel Jonathan JohnsonSamuel Jonathan Johnson


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Samuel Jonathan Johnson's lone album My Music is the epitome of a cult classic: a record that didn't do much upon its release in 1978 but steadily found an audience, one large enough that it eventually worked its way into the culture, its presence known through recurring samples on songs by Jadakiss, Q-Tip, and others. If My Music offered nothing more than sample source material, it'd be little more than a curio, but it's a unique record in its own right, falling halfway between the romantic disco opuses of Barry White and the seductive smooth jazz of Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers. Johnson does indulge in a bit of exuberance -- "Sweet Love" bubbles over with joy and "It Ain't Easy" is nearly as ebullient, while "You" bounces to a determined disco thump -- but the overall tone of the LP is one of love, not seduction. Johnson has love for his mother, his family, his love, and music, and that sincere, earnest emotion gives this resonance while Johnson's lush but not extravagant production gives it an enveloping warmth that doesn't fade.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064002123
catalogNumber: 400212
Rank: 68460

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Samuel Jonathan Johnson   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Polymoog
Ross Traut   Guitar
John Avant   Horn Section
Sol Bobrov   Concert Master
Larry Ball   Bass
Jynean Bell   Background Vocals
Terry Fryer   Polymoog
Joseph Golan   Strings
Brian Grice   Percussion
Arthur Hoyle   Horn Section
Morris Jennings   Drums
Danny Leake   Guitar
Robert Lewis   Horn Section
Paul Libman   Piano
Roger Moulton   Strings
Steele Seals   Horn Section
Fred Spector   Strings
Cynthia White   Background Vocals
Everett Mirsky   Strings
Sharon Johnson   Background Vocals
Elliott Golub   Strings
Patricia Johnson Wiggins   Vocals
Jun Takash   Trombone
Eugene Vinyard   Horn Section
Corinne Wirth   Horn Section

Technical Credits

Paul Serrano   Engineer
John Hammond   Executive Producer
Richard Evans   Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Aki Aleong   Producer,Management
Hal David   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Reissue Producer
Samuel Jonathan Johnson   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Yolanda Johnson   Liner Notes
Henry Towns   Producer
Jamie McDonald   Clothing Design

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