Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
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.
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Herbalife CEO to Step Down
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson will step down next year to become executive chairman of the embattled nutritional-products maker. COO Richard Goudis is set to succeed him.
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Wayde van Niekerk's lonely world-record sprint
ABC News - 6 months
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Despite racing down the stretch of the 400-meter final with a substantial lead Sunday night, South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk still thought someone was going to catch him. He was wrong about that, very wrong. Niekerk had such a large lead, not only did no one come close to catching him, not even world-record holder Michael Johnson could have done so while running in his prime. Er, make that former world record holder Michael Johnson. Van Niekerk broke Johnson's 17-year-old record by .15 seconds, winning Sunday's race with a time of 43.03. The gold-medal time was nearly half a second faster than van Niekerk's previous best, which he set when he won the 2015 world championships last summer in Beijing. And he did so despite running in Lane 8, becoming the first Olympian to win gold in that lane in the 400. "I felt very alone at the end. I was thinking, 'What's going on? What's going on?'" said van Niekerk, 24. "It kind of gave me motivation to...
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Police Officer Killed While Trying To Prevent Suicidal Man From Killing Himself
Information Nigeria - almost 2 years
A police officer has lost his life in a shootout with a suicidal man who threatened to kill himself, police in California said. Odd news Blog reports: The man suspected of killing the veteran police officer in San Jose, was found dead on Wednesday morning on the balcony of his house, where he had been hiding. The suspect suffered at least one gunshot wound. Police veteran Michael Johnson was shot dead on Tuesday night after the suspect opened fire on officers responding to a call about an intoxicated man threatening suicide. 57-year-old Scott Dunham fired at officers as they arrived to help him just before 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Johnson worked at the San Jose Police Department for 14 years.
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Review: ‘All the Wilderness,’ a Tale of a Teenage Outsider
NYTimes - about 2 years
The gangly antihero of the director Michael Johnson’s first feature is a teenage misfit stumbling is way through tragedy and isolation to companionship.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Hang with "Cool Kids" Echosmith and Donate to the New Beat Fund
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Alt-rock acts Echosmith and New Beat Fund have a bunch of things in common with each other: They're both from the West Coast, each toured the country on the Vans Warped Tour, and both bands have a legitimate beef with each other. Perhaps "legitimate" is a stretch. Let's use this word instead: "non-existing." Yep, A-Sides tried to start a little feud between the two at their respective sessions, but failed miserably. No matter. Both bands, who rightfully are getting their fair share of buzz lately, performed a killer, acoustic version of their respective first singles, and talked about what the future holds. Oh, and yeah, they called each other out in a play-fight kind of way. Before we get to the embeds below (seriously, you didn't scroll down yet?), here's what you should know about them. So much has been made about the ages of teen alt-pop band Echosmith that I'll just let you Google them so I don't have to go on and on about how awesome and polished they are in such a brief time on ...
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UFC Fight Night 26: Johnson Dominates Lauzon - MMAFrenzy.com
Google News - over 3 years
Daily Mail UFC Fight Night 26: Johnson Dominates Lauzon MMAFrenzy.com MMAFrenzy's live coverage of tonight's UFC Fight Night 26 main card kicks off with tonight's opener between Michael Johnson and Joe Lauzon. The two TUF veterans would engage in a one-sided battle that saw Johnson prove victorious after a three round ... UFC Fight Night 26 results and photos: Michael Johnson upsets Joe LauzonMMAjunkie.com UFC Fight Night 26 Prelims: Michael McDonald Triangle Submits Brad PickettSherdog.com UFC Fight Night 26: Michael Johnson dominates Joe Lauzon in unanimous ...Bloody Elbow MMATorch -Daily Mail -MMAWeekly all 28 news articles »
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Saks Sells Itself to Hudson's Bay, Owner of Lord & Taylor - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 3 years
New York Times (blog) Saks Sells Itself to Hudson's Bay, Owner of Lord & Taylor New York Times (blog) The Manhattan store of Saks Fifth Avenue. Eric Michael Johnson for The New York TimesThe Manhattan store of Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks Inc. agreed on Monday to sell itself to the Hudson's Bay Company for about $2.4 billion in cash, uniting the storied luxury ... Saks Gets a Retail Parent With Problems of Its OwnBusinessweek Lord & Taylor parent buying Saks for $2.9BUSA TODAY Hudson's Bay to Buy Luxury Retailer Saks for $2.4 BillionBloomberg New York Daily News -BBC News -Wall Street Journal all 156 news articles »
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Solving Kathy Mabry's Murder
Huffington Post - about 4 years
BELZONI, Miss. -- J.D. "Bubba" Roseman, the first black sheriff of Humphreys County, is a convivial man. In his office and in casual conversations on the street in this town of 2,200, he engages people quickly and easily, inquiring about a son on the football team, a niece in college or a grandmother in the hospital. He talks loud and fast, always smiling, and works a deep, infectious laugh into just about every conversation. But when Roseman, 57, talks about Kathy Mabry, the mirth drains from his face. His brow straightens. He speaks softly. He pauses from time to time to swallow the catch that latches onto his words, and his eyes sometimes well up. It's an unexpected thing from a stout man wearing a gun. Mabry was murdered here in 1997 at the age of 39. This part of America once produced murder ballads about brutal crimes like this one -- blues greats like Pinetop Perkins, Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson have all called Humphreys County home. Kathy Mabry's ki ...
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Michael Johnson released by Manchester City after being pictured in takeaway
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Manchester City have paid off Michael Johnson after a picture of him emerged which stunned fans. Once branded the new Colin Bell, Johnson had 18 months left of his £25,000-a-week contract.
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Ashton Kutcher firm's suit against DMV may proceed, judge rules
LATimes - about 4 years
A judge ruled that a suit filed by Ashton Kutcher's television production company can move forward against the California Department of Motor Vehicles for allegedly backing out of a deal to participate in a reality show based on the agency. Katalyst Media, behind TV shows such as "Punk'd," "Beauty and the Geek" and "True Beauty," is suing the state for $1.44 million, claiming it allowed the company access to the DMV to produce a half-hour reality show featuring daily life inside the state agency but then reneged on the deal. Kutcher's company, which has also produced several movies, alleges breach of contract and cites money the company spent on preproduction. After a tentative ruling Friday, Superior Court Michael Johnson on Monday officially allowed the case to move forward. The suit filed by attorney Marty Singer's law firm on behalf of the company says Katalyst negotiated in 2010 with the DMV "to capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing and ente ...
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SF Opera 90th gala - blast to the past
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
SF Opera 90th gala - blast to the past When the San Francisco Opera celebrated its first opening night on Sept. 23, 1923, the company was hailed as a boost to community pride and the metropolis' standing among great American cities. Opera buffs - 7,000 - witnessed the event at the city's Civic Auditorium, and the company's musical director, Gaetano Merola, was lauded for his inspired conducting. The audience was more diverse, including Chinese American Mayor Ed Lee; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, who, as the former speaker of the House, attained a leadership position unthinkable for a woman in 1923; and drag queen Donna Sachet, who was sure that San Francisco had drag queens in the 1920s but said, "I don't know if they were as open as they are today, thanks to José Sarria, Harvey Milk and Sister Boom Boom." Women wore a variety of ball gowns and sheaths in solid jewel tones, creams, shimmery metallics and lace over satin, some accented by feathers and othe ...
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Look Who's Talking at the Drew Peterson Murder Trial
Bolingbrook Patch - over 4 years
In 19 days over five weeks, 43 men and women testified at the Drew Peterson murder trial. An insurance adjuster, a woman Peterson carried on a sexual affair with while still married to his slain third wife, various cops and doctors, a minister and a man who claims Peterson asked him to help set up his wife's murder. They—and others—all were called to the witness stand. And there may be even more—prosecutor are planning to call rebuttal witnesses, including celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden. But we're going to have to wait to see what happens with that. For now, let's look back at who they were and when they testified: Tuesday, July 31 Mary Pontarelli, Kathleen Savio's next-door neighbor Wednesday, Aug. 1 Thomas Pontarelli, Kathleen Savio's next-door neighbor Thursday, Aug. 2 Louis Oleszkiewicz, Bolingbrook Fire Department paramedic Robert Akin, locksmith Michael Newton, Bolingbrook Fire Department paramedic Michael Johnson, Bolingbrook F ...
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Girl, 6, rescued by boaters who find her clinging to floating corpse in NY lake
Fox News - over 4 years
Clinging to the floating corpse of a family friend, a 6-year-old girl was rescued by rowboat after a visit to a reservoir just north of New York City on a hot summer day turned into a horrific struggle for her life. The girl, whose name was not released, told police that 59-year-old Pamela Kaner took her into the water in Lake Gleneida on Monday afternoon and was holding her when something went wrong. The lake, about 730 yards at its widest, is part of New York City's water supply system, and swimming there is banned. The cause of Kaner's death was not yet known, and an autopsy was planned, said Carmel Police Chief Michael Johnson. He said she could have drowned or suffered a medical emergency while wading with the girl. "It's very unusual when a drowning victim doesn't sink," Johnson said. "The body usually goes to the bottom and pops back up when it decomposes." Kaner, of Brewster, was caring for the girl while the girl' ...
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John Converse Townsend: The Blade Runner's Edge: A Human Element
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The ambiguities about what makes the world's fastest humans so fast have put Oscar Pistorius at the center of a debate about competitive advantage. Pistorius, of course, is the Olympic sprinter and former Paralympic champion -- born without fibulas due to a congenital disorder, he had his legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday -- who will be representing South Africa in the London Games. Pistorius runs locked into carbon-fiber running-specific prostheses (RSPs), J-shaped Flex-Foot Cheetahs which have been around since the mid-90s. The Cheetahs, designed by the Icelandic orthopaedics company Ossur, work like passive elastic springs, storing and returning energy the same way a biological pair of legs would. Even so, the foreign nature of RSPs has many (even those in the scientific community) wondering whether he has an edge over able-bodied competitors. But consider this: To date, there is no definitive evidence indicating that Pistorius' prostheses are re ...
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Eric Michael Johnson: On the Origin of American Gun Violence
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In the wake of the tragedy that struck Aurora, Colo. on July 20, there remain more questions than answers. Just like last time, in January 2011, when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot in Tucson, Ariz., or before that, in April 2007, when a deranged gunman attacked students and staff at Virginia Tech, this senseless mass shooting has given rise to a national conversation as we struggle to find meaning in the madness. While everyone agrees the blame should ultimately be placed on the perpetrator of this violence, the fact remains that the United States has one of the highest murder rates in the industrialized world. Of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. ranks fifth in homicides, just behind Brazil (highest), Mexico, Russia, and Estonia. Our nation also holds the dubious honor of being responsible for half of the worst mass shootings in the last 30 years. How can we explain why the United Stat ...
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Michael Johnson: Pistorius' prosthetics unfair
USA Today - over 4 years
Two-time 400 meter gold medalist Michael Johnson said Oscar Pistorius' prosthetic legs give him an unfair advantage.
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Michael Johnson On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 4 years
The singer-songwriter and classical guitarist gives a heartfelt, hilarious performance. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Johnson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 62
    In August 2007, Johnson underwent successful quadruple bypass heart surgery.
    More Details Hide Details A charitable organization, "Friends of Michael Johnson," was temporarily set up to help defray medical expenses.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 50
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 48
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded sporadically in the 1990s for smaller labels.
  • 1986
    Age 41
    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."
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  • 1985
    Age 40
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 33
    The first single, "Bluer Than Blue", became Johnson's first Top 40 hit, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1978; the song became a chart-topping single on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Almost Like Being in Love" went to No. 91 on the R&B chart while hitting the Top 5 on the AC chart and the Top 40 on the pop chart.
    More Details Hide Details His next EMI album, Dialogue, provided his third big hit, "This Night Won't Last Forever" and a Gold Record for European sales of "I'll Always Love You."
    EMI America took one listen and wasted no time in signing him, quickly getting The Michael Johnson Album out in 1978.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He followed this up with Ain't Dis Da Life, where he added a rhythm section. With each new recording and his continued touring, his popularity was increasing. It was time to make a move on the national market. Teaming up with Brent Maher and Steve Gibson in Nashville, Tennessee, Johnson created a two-song demo consisting of "Bluer Than Blue" and "Almost Like Being in Love" (the latter song from the Broadway musical Brigadoon).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The group was renamed Denver, Boise & Johnson. When the trio came to an end, Johnson made a radical departure from everything he had done previously by taking on a major supporting role in the off-Broadway production of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." The show visited New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago over the next year; by then, Johnson was ready to return to creating and performing his own music.
  • 1966
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Upon his return to the States, he joined Randy Sparks in a group called the New Society and did a tour of the Orient.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details First prize included a deal with Epic Records. Epic released the song "Hills", written and sung by Johnson, as a single. Johnson began extensive touring of clubs and colleges, finding a receptive audience everywhere he went.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on August 8, 1944.
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