THE WHISTLING WILLIE STORY
WHISTLING WILLIE has a past. Keith “WHISTLING WILLIE” Johnson was a member of the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band and can be seen on
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival DVD and WOODSTOCK: The Lost Sessions, as well as heard on the band’s classic albums: The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw, In My Own Dream, & Keep on Movin’. Then joining Van Morrison’s band, he contributed horn charts and organ on Van’s hit, Domino and the album Street Choir. The next gig turned into twelve years with Etta James (“She’s my hero!”) as trumpet player, arranger, bandleader, co-producer, co-writer, and keyboard player appearing on the albums Deep in the Night and Live in San Francisco. Along the way, his work appears on albums produced by John Lennon, Bob Marley, Todd Rundgren, Allen Toussaint, Jerry Wexler, Tim Hardin, Joe Walsh, Canned Heat, Bill Frenzer and others including All Day Sucker.