Red Johnson Biography
|Six AM on a cold
winters morning in northern Minnesota, seems like a strange time for a six or seven year
old kid to be getting out of bed and putting his feet on the cold linoleum floor of an
unheated upstairs bedroom, just to listen to a live radio show out of Fargo, North Dakota
by a Guy and his Guitar who called himself, "The Texas Ranger" and who would
sing mostly western songs with a few popular country songs mixed in, but it was enough to
spark a life long love for music that would only amplify as the years wore on.
|I was a kid who would try to be the
first to get the "Sears" catalog when it came in the mail and would go directly
to the music pages and dream of one day having one of those beautiful
"Silvertone" guitars for my very own. But I had lots of time to dream because it
wouldn't be until my 10th birthday, that a calf would be born and my Dad would give it to
me for my birthday present, and that is when my dream began to take shape, and for the
next two years I would nurture him until he became a full grown steer, and when I sold him
I got a check for $118.00 and the very next day I ordered one of those beauties from the
Sears Roebuck Catalog, and it was never to leave my side through out my teen and courting
years and into the Military where I learned to play a little better from the Southern boys
I would buddy up with who also played guitars. They would call me the "Minnesota
Hillbilly". After my discharge from the service I began playing
Songwriting has always been a passion of mine, having written my first song
when I was twelve. Sometimes I'm asked where a certain song came from, I guess that was
the way I felt on the day I wrote it. I write most of my own material in a blend of modern
and traditional country.
married my high school sweetheart Flo in Detriot Lakes, Minnesota where we both graduated
in 1950, and have two children, and now make our home in Champlin, Minnesota, a city just
north of Minneapolis.
||In 1964, along with Bud Auge, I wrote
and recorded "There's A Grand Ol Opry Show Playing Somewhere" on a small label
(Hep) I was part owner of, and the song was picked up by Capitol Records and eventually
ended up in "The World Of Country Music" album Capitol released. About the same
time Dave Dudley who is a friend of mine, released a song called "Six Days On The
Road" and He and I and Bud Auge, (The Violet and A Rose) wrote a song called
"Taxi Cab Driver" and Dave recorded it in His Six Days album for Mercury
<--- Capitols add in
I publish my own material through "Count Music BMI" and do
most of my recording at Cedardale Studios, in Mora, Minnesota. where they are produced,
arranged, and Recorded by John Voit & Terry Nord.
I currently have 9 CDs they and 2 DVDs.
At present I am the Music Director for the Minnesota
Good Sam Club, which is an organization for campers and we have two four day rallies each
year with 400+ rigs in attendance.
I am retired and spend my winters in the Rio Grande
Valley of South Texas, where I perform for the retirees, throughout the winter months.
I am also frequently featured on the "Midwest Country" TV show which
appears on RFD-TV on satellite. Check your local listings for time and
I am doing what I always dreamed of doing but never
had time during my working years, and that is writing, recording and performing for the
people I love, My Fans and most of them are Friends.
Minnesota Good Sam Club
Good Sam International Samboree, Madison Wi.
Jam Session In The Parking Lot
|I am currently involved with the
"Minnesota Good Sam Club" as
music coordinator. Which means I
scout out special music for our
two state rallies we have each
We usually have about 400
campers and we do jam sessions
and sing-a-longs and put on the
Sunday service, with a 50 plus
I have completed the recording a new CD and tape called, "Veterans Day". The song is a salute to all who have kept our
country free. My feeling is the veterans are a forgotten group of people who deserve more
attention than they are currently getting. The song has been released world wide on
"Glorytrain Records" along with a gospel song called "Gods Great
Meadowland", both of which are included on my new CD and tape.
Ill bet you're glad that's over!
Arvid "Red" Johnson Dies at 85
Singer songwriter, Arvid "Red"
Johnson of Champlin, Minnesota has gone to that big Grand Ole Opry in the
Sky. Red was born September 14, 1932 in Flint, Michigan and went to to join
his musician friends on May 18, 2017 at the age of 84 years young.
Preceded in death by his parents Arvid and Gwendolyn Johnson, Red is
survived by his beloved wife, Florence (Antenhofen); his children Valerie
Manning (Dean Manning) and Mitchell Johnson (Mary Johnson); 4 grandchildren,
3 great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Red bought his first guitar at the
age of 12 and the guitar never left his side from then on. Red served in in
the Air Force during the Korean war in England where he he played with the
"Southern Boys" and honed his skills. After his discharge he began playing
professionally and did until the end. Red's biggest hit was "There's a Grand
Ole Opry Show Playing Somewhere" which was picked up by Capitol
Records. Red was a charter member of Country Music Association, a member of
Rock & Country Hall of Fame. also the National Traditional Hall of
Fame, Country Music's Book of Who's Who (1966-1970) and The FAME (Families
Advocating Moral Entertainment) Award.
Internment of Red's ashes are are at
Fort Snelling. MN
Make sure to note the changes of
address and phone # for orders and also email in care of Red's daughter, Val