"His gospel-influenced, soul-drenched vocals are unique, powerful and moving."
Wallace Johnson: Bio
Wallace Johnson is well known to New Orleans record collectors
for his legendary early 60s singles on the AFO label. Following the release of those sides,
Wallace retired from the record business, devoting the next two decades to supporting his
family. In 1996, Wallace reemerged with the critically acclaimed
Whoever's Thrilling You,
his first ever full length album.
Share with us your favorite Jazz Fest memory.
"The first time I played Jazz Fest, which was the year before last, and I think that regardless of how many other times I play, I think that it will stand out in my mind."
What are your five favorite records in your personal collection?
Falcons, at the time Wilson Picket was with them - "I Found a True Love.""
What is the title of your favorite song that you wrote?
Nat King Cole - "Looking Back," that was recorded at the beginning of '58 and I was just out of the army.
James Brown - "Please, Please, Please," first time I heard that was in Houston, right after I got married
Barbra Streisand - "The Way We Were." That is the only record I ever heard; I can remember I was driving down Claiborne St., I heard the record and I did not know who Barbra Streisand was, and when I heard that I pulled over to the side of the street to listen to it.
Gladys Knight and the Pips - I love "Midnight Train to Georgia."
The first song I wrote and recorded. The title is "Peace of Mind." I can remember the mood I was in when I wrote the song.
What is your favorite song written by someone else?
"Better Weather Next Time"
Do you have any advice to musicians and song writers?
by Allen Toussaint
Regardless of how discouraging, frustrating and nerve racking, if this is what you want to do, keep doing it.
Where is the best place to eat in New Orleans?
Where is the best place to catch live music in New Orleans?
Donna's (traditional jazz), Snug Harbor (modern jazz), Rock 'n' Bowl or Maple Leaf (zydeco)
When is the best time to visit New Orleans?
When is your birthday?
Real Blues Magazine
"It's gotten to the point that one can expect nothing short of brilliance when dealing with the NYNO label, Allen Toussaint's latest labor of love. You can play Whoever's Thrilling You a hundred times in a row without ever getting sick of it -- on the contrary; you'll grow to love it more and more, the sign of a classic recording. They don't make albums like this anymore, so my advice is -- go out and grab it at once, bring it home and play it to death."
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