Michael Johnson

Writer + Folk Singer + Songwriter
Born Aug 8, 1944

Michael Johnson, is an American pop, country and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his 1978 hit song "Bluer Than Blue". To date, he has charted four hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and nine more on the Hot Country Songs charts, including two Number One country hits in 1986's "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder". He also co-wrote "Cain's Blood", the debut single of 1990s country group 4 Runner.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Johnson.


1944 Birth Born on August 8, 1944.


1963 18 Years Old In 1963, he began attending Colorado State University to study music but his college career was truncated when he won an international talent contest two years later. … Read More


1966 21 Years Old Wishing to hone his instrumental skills, in 1966 he set off for Barcelona, Spain, to the Liceu Conservatory, studying with the eminent classical guitarists, Graciano Tarragó and Renata Tarragó. … Read More
1967 22 Years Old When the band dissolved in 1967, he signed on with the Chad Mitchell Trio for a year, spending some of that time co-writing with another member, John Denver. … Read More
1971 26 Years Old In 1971, Johnson signed with Atco Records to release his first album, There Is A Breeze, which was released in 1973 and produced by Johnson, Chris Dedrick, Peter Yarrow and Phil Ramone in New York and Toronto, Canada.


1975 30 Years Old Feeling this first effort wasn't a true reflection of his music (despite being a huge best seller in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area), Johnson self-produced his next LP in 1975, For All You Mad Musicians, relying more on his voice and guitar for a folk feel. … Read More
1978 33 Years Old 1 More Event
EMI America took one listen and wasted no time in signing him, quickly getting The Michael Johnson Album out in 1978.


1985 40 Years Old Johnson recorded five albums in all for EMI and in 1985 moved over to RCA Records, where he adopted a contemporary country style that stayed compatible with his soft, mellow leanings; this shift was evident in his choice of duet partners country-pop singers Juice Newton and Sylvia.
1986 41 Years Old Johnson's change proved successful, as he scored five Top Ten country hits from 1986 to 1989, including the chart-toppers "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder."
1991 46 Years Old After two country albums on RCA (plus two greatest hits collections), Johnson moved over to Atlantic Records in 1991, which effectively halted his commercial momentum. … Read More
1993 48 Years Old Johnson also proved to be a successful writer of print when he wrote "The Solo Performer" columns for the magazine Performing Songwriter from 1993 through 1998.


1995 50 Years Old In 1995, the country music group 4 Runner scored a minor hit with the single "Cain's Blood", for which Johnson co-wrote an updated version with Jack Sundrud of Poco.


2007 62 Years Old In August 2007, Johnson underwent successful quadruple bypass heart surgery. … Read More
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