Johnny Shines

Johnny Shines, Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 18, 1968

Johnny Shines | Concert Vault | tc059

John Ned “Johnny” Shines was born on April 26, 1915 and died on April 20, 1992. He grew up steeped in music and met the legendary Robert Johnson, who encouraged him to pursue music as a job. His recordings with Chess – as “Shoe Shine Johnny” were made in 1950 (with Little Walter) but were not released. Shines took a job in construction and quit music but was rediscovered in the 1960s when his talent was finally recognised.

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