Johnny Smith

Born: June 25, 1922 | Died: June 11, 2013    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Johnny Smith

Guitarist Johnny Smith's career spans the decades of the 1940's through the 1990's. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, Benedetto, and the Heritage all have their signature Johnny Smith high end models as a tribute to this master.

John Henry Smith, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1922 and was only five years old when he became fascinated with the guitar. His father played five-string banjo but guitar was John's first and lasting love. Initially he was frustrated by the lack of a guitar teacher or instruction manuals: determined to master the instrument, he taught himself to play. Many outstanding and individual jazz soloists have fallen back on the empirical method for the same reason as Smith and emerged with wholly distinctive sounds. In 1935 the Smith family moved to Portland, Maine: Johnny was 13 and good enough to play in local bands....
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Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Recordings
Mosaic MD8-216
1. Where Or When (A) 2:24 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
2. Tabu (A) 2:39 (Stillman-Russell-Lecuona)
3. Moonlight In Vermont (A) 3:13 (K. Suessdorf-J. Blackburn)
4. Jaguar (A) 2:31 (Johnny Smith)
5. Jaguar (alternate version) (B) 2:27 (Johnny Smith)
6. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance With You (B) 3:08 (Crosby-Washington-Young)
7. Vilia (B) 2:40 (Franz Lehar)
8. My Funny Valentine (B) 2:37 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
9. Sometimes I'm Happy (C) 2:17 (V. Youmans-I. Caesar)
10. Stars Fell On Alabama (C) 3:02 (M. Parish-F. Perkins)
11. Nice Work If You Can Get It (C) 2:23 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
12. Tenderly (C) 3:24 (Lawrence-Plante-Gross)
13. Yesterdays (E) 2:50 (J. Kern-O. Harbach)
14. Cavu (E) 2:12 (Johnny Smith)
15. I'll Be Around (E) 2:44 (Alec Wilder)
16. Cherokee (E) 2:47 (Ray Noble)
17. Ramona (D) 2:20 (L. W. Gilbert-M. Wayne)
18. The Terry Theme From Limelight (D) 3:13 (Charlie Chaplin)
19. Lullaby Of Birdland (F) 3:03 (George Shearing)
20. My One And Only Love (F) 2:28 (G. Wood-R. Mellin)
21. Stranger in Paradise (H) 2:36 (R. Wright-G. Forrest)
22. Our Love Is Here To Stay (H) 2:16 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
23. 'S Wonderful (H) 2:23 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
24. In A Sentimental Mood (H) 2:31 (Duke Ellington)

1. What’s New (G) 3:04 (B.Haggart-J. Burke)
2. I’ll Remember April (G) 2:46 (Raye-DePaul-Johnson)
3. Sophisticated Lady (G) 3:01 (D. Ellington-M. Parish)
4. Easy To Love (G) 3:14 (Cole Porter)
5. Autumn In New York (H) 2:42 (Vernon Duke)
6. Walk, Don’t Run! (H) 2:46 (Johnny Smith)
7. Lover Man (H) 2:25 (Davis-Ramirez-Sherman)
8. Someone To Watch Over Me (H) 2:14 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
9. How About You? (H) 2:43 (R. Freed-B. Lane)
10. Dancing On The Ceiling (I) 2:56 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
11. Blues For Birdland (I) 2:37 (Johnny Smith)
12. Have You Met Miss Jones? (I) 2:31 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
13. But Beautiful (J) 2:49 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
14. Swinging On A Star (J) 2:35 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
15. I Could Have Told You (J) 2:49 (C. Sigman-J. Van Heusen)
16. It Could Happen To You (J) 2:09 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
17. Oh You Crazy Moon (J) 2:32 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
18. I Thought About You (J) 2:10 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
19. Deep In A Dream (J) 2:49 (E. De Lange-J. Van Heusen)
20. So Help Me (J) 2:49 (E. De Lange-J. Van Heusen)
21. Nancy (With The Laughing Face) (J) 3:17 (P. Silvers-J. Van Heusen)
22. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (J) 2:42 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
23. Darn That Dream (J) 3:27 (E. De Lange-J. Van Heusen)
24. Imagination (J) 2:34 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)

1. Django (K) 5:02 (John Lewis)
2. Wait Till You See Her (K) 2:15 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
3. 0500 Blues (K) 3:45 (Johnny Smith)
4. More Bass (K) 2:28 (George Roumanis)
5. Un Poco Loco (K) 4:25 (Bud Powell)
6. Easy Living (K) 3:16 (R. Rainger-L. Robin)
7. Old Girl (K) 3:52 (George Roumanis)
8. Little Girl Blue (K) 2:47 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
9. Tired Blood (K) 4:16 (Johnny Smith)
10. Spring Is Here (K) 2:44 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
11. It Never Entered My Mind (L) 2:31 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
12. Samba (L) 2:49 (Johnny Smith)
13. Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Hair) (L) 2:04 (Adapted by Johnny Smith)
14. Pawn Ticket (L) 7:07 (Ray Bryant)
15. 'S Wonderful (L) 4:59 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
16. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (L) 2:08 (Cole Porter)
17. Blue Lights (L) 4:11 (Basheer Qusim)
18. Montage (L) 4:59 (Johnny. Smith)
19. Bags' Groove (L) 3:18 (Milt Jackson)
20. ‘Round Midnight (L) 3:42 (Monk-Hanighen-Williams)

1. Hello, Young Lovers (M) 4:34 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
2. Love For Sale (M) 3:54 (Cole Porter)
3. The Maid With The Flaxen Hair (M) 2:00 (Claude Debussy, adapted by Johnny Smith)
4. Love Letters (M) 2:12 (E. Heyman-V. Young)
5. Tickle Toe (M) 2:47 (Lester Young)
6. Goodbye (M) 2:18 (Gordon Jenkins)
7. Body And Soul (M) 3:20 (Green-Heyman-Eyton-Sour)
8. Lover (M) 3:22 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
9. The Boy Next Door (M) 2:35 (H. Martin-R. Blane)
10. Potter’s Luck (M) 3:37 (Horace Silver)
11. Autumn Nocturne (M) 2:07 (J. Myron-K. Gannon)
12. Band Aid (M) 3:03 (Russ Freeman)
13. Angel Eyes (N) 4:11 (M. Dennis-E. Brent)
14. Deep Night (N) 4:00 (R.Vallee-C. Henderson)
15. These Foolish Things (N) 3:30 (Strachey-Marvell-Link)
16. East Of The Sun (N) 3:09 (Brooks Bowman)
17. There’s A Small Hotel (N) 4:12 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
18. Laura (N) 2:31 (D. Raksin-J. Mercer)
19. Tea For Two (N) 4:39 (V. Youmans-I. Caesar)
20. You Go To My Head (N) 4:30 (J.F. Coots-H. Gillespie)
21. I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You (N) 5:08 (N. Washington-G. Bassman)
22. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart (N) 5:53 (James F. Hanley)

1. Swingin' Shepherd Blues (O) 2:33 (Moe Koffman)
2. Lullaby Of Birdland (O) 2:05 (George Shearing)
3. You Are Beautiful (P) 3:53 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
4. I Enjoy Being A Girl (P) 3:47 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
5. Sunday (P) 2:32 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
6. A Hundred Million Miracles (P) 2:36 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
7. Grant Avenue (P) 2:27 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
8. Love Look Away (P) 3:31 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
9. Like A God (P) 4:03 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
10. Finale (P) 7:13 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
11. When I Fall In Love (Q) 2:45 (Albert Selden)
12. It Might As Well Be Spring (Q) 2:47 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
13. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Q) 2:20 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
14. Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Hair) (Q) 2:30 (Adapted by Johnny Smith)
15. Like Someone In Love (Q) 2:35 (J. Burke-J. Van Heusen)
16. You Don’t Know What Love Is (Q) 2:42 (D. Raye-G. DePaul)
17. Isn’t It Romantic (Q) 2:52 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
18. I Remember The Corn Fields (Q) 2:05 (M. Mayne-H. Ralton)
19. A Foggy Day (Q) 2:59 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
20. Scarlet Ribbons (Q) 2:42 (E. Danzig-J. Segal)
21. People Will Say We’re In Love (Q) 2:53 (R. Rodgers-O. Hammerstein)
22. The Nearness Of You (Q) 2:32 (H. Carmichael-N. Washington)

1. Moonlight In Vermont (R) 2:33 (K. Suessdorf-J. Blackburn)
2. My Funny Valentine (R) 3:20 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
3. Little Girl Blue (R) 2:50 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
4. My One And Only Love (R) 2:43 (G. Wood-R. Mellin)
5. Jimmy Van Heusen Medley (R) 4:05 Darn That Dream (E. De Lange-J. Van Heusen)
Polka Dots and Moonbeams (E. De Lange-J. Van Heusen)
6. Satin Doll (R) 2:54 (D. Ellington-B. Strayhorn)
7. Blues Backstage (R) 3:55 (Frank Foster)
8. Everything Happens To Me (R) 3:21 (T. Adair-M. Dennis)
9. Pavane (R) 1:30 (Maurice Ravel)
10. Willow Weep For Me (R) 6:04 (Ann Ronnell)
11. Vilia (R) 3:42 (Franz Lehar)
12. Fools Rush In (R) 2:36 (R. Bloom-J. Mercer)
13. I Remember Clifford (R) 4:05 (Benny Golson)
14. The Lady Is A Tramp (R) 2:46 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
15. There Will Never Be Another You (R) 3:07 (H. Warren-M. Gordon)
16. Autumn Leaves (R) 4:02 (Mercer-Prevert-Kozma)
17. Mood Indigo (R) 2:50 (D. Ellington-B. Bigard)
18. Sentimental Journey (R) 3:18 (Brown-Homer-Green)
19. Three Little Words (R) 2:16 (H. Ruby-B. Kalmer)
20. My Romance (R) 2:28 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
21. Sometimes I’m Happy (R) 3:43 (V. Youmans-I. Caesar)
22. I’ll Take Romance (R) 3:03 (B. Oakland-O. Hammerstein)
23. Song For Jimmy Atkins (R) 3:39 (Johnny Smith)

1. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (S) 2:39 (D. Ellington-P. F. Webster)
2. Let's Fall In Love (S) 2:17 (T. Koehler-H. Arlen)
3. I Can't Get Started (S) 4:56 (V. Duke-I. Gershwin)
4. Some Of These Days (S) 2:26 (Shelton Brooks)
5. You Took Advantage Of Me (S) 2:08 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
6. Over The Rainbow (S) 2:26 (E. Y. Harburg-H, Arlen)
7. Out Of Nowhere (S) 3:34 (E. Heyman-J. Green)
8. Prelude To A Kiss (S) 3:30 (Ellington-Mills-Gordon)
9. Un Poco Loco (S) 3:30 (Bud Powell)
10. Hippo, The Sentimental Hippy (S) 2:58 (G. Roumanis-J. Messner)
11. It's You Or No One (S) 2:56 (S. Cahn-J. Styne)
12. Come Rain or Come Shine (T) 4:42 (J. Mercer-H. Arlen)
13. Gypsy In My Soul (T) 3:17 (C. Boland-M. Jaffe)
14. Embraceable You (T) 4:51 (G. Gershwin-I Gershwin)
15. Misty (T) 5:26 (E. Garner-J. Burke)
16, As Long As There’s Music (T) 4:02 (S. Cahn-J. Styne)
17. ‘Round Midnight (T) 4:26 (Monk-Williams-Hanighen)
18. This Can’t Be Love (T) 3:18 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
19. Blues Chorale (T) 3:54 (John La Porta)
20. Prelude (T) 1:24 (Alexandre Sciabin, adapted by Johnny Smith)

1. My Romance (U) 2:11 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
2. Little Girl Blue (U) 2:32 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
3. Pavane (U) 1:32 (Maurice Ravel)
4. Prelude (U) 1:30 (Alexandre Scraibin, adapted by Johnny Smith)
5. Black Is The Color (Of My True Love's Hair) (U) 2:44 (Adapted by Johnny Smith)
6. Wait Till You See Her (U) 2:04 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
7. The Maid With The Flaxen Hair (U) 2:56 (Claude Debussy, adapted by Johnny Smith)
8. Shenandoah (U) 2:27 (Adapted by Johnny Smith)
9. Green Leaves Of Summer (U) 2:49 (D. Tiomkin-P. F. Webster)
10. My Funny Valentine (U) 3:13 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
11. Dancing In The Dark (U) 2:37 (H. Dietz-A. Schwartz)
12. Old Folks (U) 2:32 (W. Robison-D. Hill)
13. I Loves You Porgy (U) 2:27 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
14. Soon (V) 2:21 (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin)
15. There’ll Be Other Times (V) 4:32 (Marian McPartland)
16. Satin’s Doll (V) 5:04 (Johnny Smith)
17. I’m Old Fashioned (V) 1:54 (J. Kern-J. Mercer)
18. I Remember You (V) 2:47 (J. Mercer-V. Schertzinger)
19. Fitz (V) 4:28 (Gene Roland)
20. Li'l Darlin’ (V) 3:55 (Neal Hefti)
21. Time After Time (V) 3:30 (J. Styne-S. Cahn)
22. You Are Too Beautiful (V) 3:47 (R. Rodgers-L. Hart)
23. Sweet and Lovely (V) 3:29 (Arnheim-Tobins-Lemare)

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