Copeland, Johnny

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Born in Louisiana, blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland (1937-1997) was raised in Houston, Texas, where he formed the band Dukes of Rhythm. Although he recorded albums and performed with Sonny Boy Williamson and Bib Mama Thornton in Texas, Copeland only received recognition after moving to New York City in 1975. Six years later, he signed with Rounder Records and released his album with Arthur Blythe and Byard Lancaster, Copeland Special. In 1982, during a tour of West Africa, Copeland recorded Bringing It All Back Home, becoming one of the first American blues musicians to record in Africa, and, in 1986, he won a Grammy Award for his album with Albert Collins and Robert Cray, Showdown. Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, Copeland underwent seven open-heart operations in the 1990s. Receiving a heart transplant in 1996, he died due to complications of surgery to repair a heart valve the next year.

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Strauss, Neil. Johnny Copeland, 60, Who Sang Texas Blues and Played Guitar.New York Times, July 4, 1997.

From the description of Johnny Copeland and Texas Blues program, 1987 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 746495615

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referencedIn Texas Music Collection, 1971-1995 University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Obrecht, Jas. Jas Obrecht Collection, 1978-1994. University of Mississippi
creatorOf Burton, Willard. Don't go back to New Orleans [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. Stormy monday blues [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. Glamour girl [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. All night long [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. You'll never find anyone [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. T-Bone's that wayrive [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. That evening train [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. When we were schoolmates [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. My patience keeps running out [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. Louisiana bayou drive [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. Got to cross the deep blue sea [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. T-Bone's that wayrive [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Copeland, Johnny. Johnny Copeland and Texas Blues program, 1987 University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Burton, Willard. Got to cross the deep blue sea [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Burton, Willard. Left home when I was a kid [Multimédia multisupport] / T-Bone Walker, guit. électr. ; Willard Burton, p ; Johnny Copeland, guit. ; Jimmy Jones, cb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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Texas
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Guitar music (Blues)
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Birth 1937-03-27

Death 1997-07-03

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