He started out a decade earlier with bands called the Humdingers and The Showmen, but it was with Chairmen of the Board and their debut single, “Give Me Just a Little More Time”, which hit #3 on the charts in 1970, that Johnson found victory.
Other hits like “(You’ve Got Me) Dangling on a String,” “Pay to the Piper” and “Everything’s Tuesday” solidified his place in R&B.
But after Chairmen of the Board’s success began to wane, Johnson found equaled – perhaps more lucrative success – as a songwriter. He penned the Grammy Award winning “Patches” for Clarence Carter and Honey Cone had many hits with songs written by the General including “Want Ads”, “Stick Up,” and “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.”
In the 80’s, Johnson pulled together another version of the band and toured the South East beach circuit, making a decent living and keeping his old hits alive for a new generation of partiers who never grew tired of hearing him give his distinctive trademark “Brrrrrrrrrrrrr” vocal growl.