This 1960 session marked the comeback of one of the giants of blues and jazz guitar. Lonnie Johnson, who began his recording career in 1925 and went on to work with such diverse stylists as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Eddie Lang, Victoria Spivey, and Texas Alexander, had given up on the music business by the late Fifties when disc jockey Chris Albertson found him working as a janitor at a Philadelphia hotel. Albertson brought Johnson to the attention of Prestige Records, which promptly recorded this album, the first of five by Johnson for its Bluesville subsidiary, reviving a career that lasted until his death in Toronto ten years later. Johnson's haunting, slightly sentimental vocals and crisp, lonesome guitar were superbly backed on this date by a r&b-tinged combo that featured tenor saxophonist Hal "Cornbread" Singer and pianist Claude Hopkins.
with Hal Singer, Claude Hopkins, Wendell Marshall, Bobby Donaldson