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The genius of Johnny Smith

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Oh yes.

Now almost forgotten but an influence on Wes and many more.   Stupendous chord melody.....

You met him in '70?   50 years ago now!!  

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Johnny Smith was an incredible player. I play 'What are you doing for the rest of your life' often, but not to his level! The Joe Pass version is excellent too. 

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I had not realized that Johnny wrote Walk Don't Run,  

Recorded in 1952,  looks like an Epi!

 

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14 hours ago, jaxson50 said:

I doubt there are many Bing Crosby fans Here, but Johnny toured with him, this is the only video of Johnny playi g a full concert. His are comps are just awesome 

 

https://youtu.be/fhmYE5kDaTQ

He sang Par-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum with Bowie. He has a great distinct voice.

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8 hours ago, jaxson50 said:

I had not realized that Johnny wrote Walk Don't Run,  

Recorded in 1952,  looks like an Epi!

 

KIller. That tune is awesome.

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I first was introduced to Johnny Smith when a guitarist friend of mine played an LP called "Moonlight In Vermont" that also featured my favorite sax player, Stan Getz. The guitar and sax work were both incredible. Great player from the past that should not be forgotten.

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I'm sorry to say I haven't heard of Johnny Smith, he sounds very Barney Kessel to me.  Bing Crosby is the sound of my childhood my parents loved him, I don't think he looks well in this clip.   

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Saw a 1964 Gibson Johnny Smith sunburst selling for $15,000 (marked down from $17,000) on Reverb. It's a hybrid and shares features of an L-5 and Super 400.

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4 hours ago, zigzag said:

Saw a 1964 Gibson Johnny Smith sunburst selling for $15,000 (marked down from $17,000) on Reverb. It's a hybrid and shares features of an L-5 and Super 400.

They are beautiful looking guitars. 

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8 hours ago, Notes_Norton said:

I Great player from the past that should not be forgotten.

There are a few that shouldn't be forgotten, but it seems only a small collective of music connoisseurs would know these musicians. I'm 36 and can guarantee most people I know (even musicians) would not know who Johnny Smith was sadly. I first heard of him years ago, but because of his signature Gibson model and not his playing. It was only after that I started listening to his playing. 

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And don’t forget about the Guild Johnny Smith Award model that later was renamed the Artist Award.

A former neighbor of mine grew up in Colorado Springs, where Smith had relocated & opened a music store after deciding to quit the New York scene.  One evening after she heard me playing next door, she told me her dad played guitar & had been friends with Johnny Smith.  She asked if I’d ever heard of him, and I said indeed I had!  She said he sometimes would come over to their house & play guitar with her dad, and my playing had fondly reminded her of those times during her childhood.

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I have a transcription of this - beautiful arrangement, amazing chord stretches!

 

 

Here you can see the fretboard as this guy plays it on a Gibson Johnny Smith archtop:

 

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These transcriptions are really great, thanks for posting. I will attempt them at some point. 

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