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Plas Johnson (21 July birthday)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:00 am
by Charlie
Plas Johnson, born 21 July 1931 in Donaldsonville, Lousiana

Plas was number one tenor sax man on the Los Angeles session scene from the mid-50s all the way through the 1960s. Did he play on the original version of Henry Mancini's Pink Panther? There's some debate. Either way, he's featured here.

By one of those strange chances, Henry Mancini is a topic of conversation in tonight's World on 3 show with DeVotchKa, the Colorado group who spent their formative years playing at Burlesque shows. Did they have to learn new material? The entire works of Henry Mancini, observes drummer Shawn King. Music for taking your clothes off to. Or for watching somebody else take her clothes off to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBupII3L ... re=related

Re: Plas Johnson (21 July birthday)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:58 am
by john poole
Now he's 85; he was still playing live until recently, and appeared in the recent documentary on the "Wrecking Crew".

He played the piccolo, not often heard on a rock'n'roll record, on the original 'Rockin' Robin' by Bobby Day (1958), here lip-synced on the Art Laboe Show (from 1:25)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OFESufsZG0

Ki Ki Page with Plas Johnson & Orchestra - 'Big Boy' (1959) - I don't remember hearing this before, it may be the only record that she made
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6Ovc6ORB0

And here's a minute and a half of the Pink Panther Theme, probably from the beginning of this decade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ahkboyuhJk
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2007 ... anther-sax

The website below has a possibly not entirely accurate, and certainly not complete list of records and sessions that he played on - the Beach Boys being just one omission (he played on "Pet Sounds")
http://www.plasjohnson.com/Biography/index.htm