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Country & Gospel Singer, Songwriter
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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 professionally and still do.

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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.

I 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.

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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 Records.

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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 channel.

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.

Red Johnson


Current Projects
Minnesota Good Sam Club


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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
voice choir.

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.

Whew, I’ll bet you're glad that's over!


Final Farewell
Arvid "Red" Johnson Dies at 84

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 Manning


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