Wikipedia : This day ( April 13, 2005), in St. Louis, Missouri, died Johnnie Johnson, an American pianist and blues musician whose work with Chuck Berry led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Blues Music Now : Who is this Johnnie Johnson, the casual rock and roll fan might ask? The simple answer is that Johnson was the piano player on “Maybellene” and most of Chuck Berry’s other well-known songs.
Johnnie Johnson @last.fm : On New Years Eve 1952, Alvin Bennett had a stroke and could not perform. Johnson, searching for a last minute replacement, called a young man named Chuck Berry, an ex-convict and the only musician Johnson knew who because of his inexperience, would likely not be playing on New Years Eve.
Video : w/ Chuck Berry – Standards Medley . Overview Of The Career Of Johnnie Johnson – West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame (2001) . Real Good Woman (2003) . Johnnie’S Boogie . Honky Tonk Train Blues (1999) . Tanqueray (1993) . w/ Ry Cooder – Slow Blues (1990) .