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Osie Johnson (Drums)

Born: 11th January 1923, Washington, D.C.

Died: 10th February 1966, New York City

Nationality: American

James "Osie" Johnson was a jazz drummer, arranger and singer.

He first worked with Sabby Lewis and then, after service in the United States Navy, freelanced for a time in Chicago. From 1951 to 1953, he was a member of Earl Hines's band.

He can be heard on albums by Paul Gonsalves, Zoot Sims, and Mose Allison and is the drummer on Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife". (Some sources list Don Lamond as the drummer on "Mack the Knife") and on Ray Conniff's first album 'S Wonderful". He recorded the album A Bit of the Blues as a singer and had arranged at a "hit" for singer Dinah Washington.

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