7 comments on “Nashville guitarist Billy Johnson dies at 51

  1. Oh, am so sorry to hear about Billy.
    Our love & prayers to his family who have always been so good me and my family

    He was a wonderful, unselfish person and a great family man

    Ginny, Jess, Heather, Wes, Noah, Austin & Hallie

  2. Met Billy when he was 14 or 15, he was playing in a family band.. tough as nails then.. he had “the touch”, so sad to hear a great picker passed .

  3. Does anyone know if this is the same Billy Johnson from Marion Ohio? The Billy Johnson I know was in a band with his Mother/Band which used to be a house band at The Country Stage in Nova, Oh. The Country Stage was owned by my family.

  4. Thank you Cal for your reply. I am sure it must be the same person. What a shame.

  5. The band was “Anna Mae and the Country Imperials” Billy on lead & fiddle, Janet? sister on drums, Bills mom Anna Mae of later fame as Granny Johnson @the Nashville Palace on her Gibson “Everly Bros.” guitar, usually Gene Drake on steel and Bill Utley on drums. They were tough. Gene played w/ some of the Ohio pickers Dave Thornhill, Donnie Ballinger and Chuck Flynn bass player from Mt. Vernon who later went on to be Lorettas’ “Coal Miners”

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