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Plas Johnson

ts, sax, fl, *1931 US, Louisiana
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Plas John Johnson Jr. Johnny Beecher

Plas John Johnson (July 21, 1931, Donaldsonville, USA) is an American jazz saxophonist, probably most widely known as the soloist on Henry Mancini's "The Pink Panther Theme". Plas and brother Ray Johnson formed the The Johnson Brothers' Combo, that played in and around New Orleans before 1951. Johnson is the featured soloist of countless albums, including those of Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Sarah Vaughan and was a regular session sideman during Capitol Records golden years.

  • Tenor sax
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Bass
  • Alto sax
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
The Pink Panther Theme - From "The Pink Panther" on Midnight, Moonlight & Magic: The Very Best of Henry Mancini by Henry Mancini
Pink Panther/It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera) on Ultra-Lounge: Mondo Hollywood by Various Artists
Tanya on Ultra-Lounge: Fuzzy Retail Sampler by Various Artists
The Big Twist on Ultra-Lounge: Saxophobia by Various Artists
Johnson's Bossa Nova on The Warm Sound of Plas Johnson Tenor Sax, Vol. 2 - The Madison Avenue Strut by Plas Johnson
The Next Time You See Me - studio on From C to Shining C by Various Artists
Blue Jean Shuffle - Master on Bop Me Daddy by Plas Johnson
Hit the Road Jack - studio on From C to Shining C by Various Artists
Hittin' the Jug on Hot, Blue And Saxy by Plas Johnson
Just Friends on The Warm Sound of Plas Johnson Tenor Sax, Vol. 2 - The Madison Avenue Strut by Plas Johnson

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
This Must Be The Plas! Johnson Mood For The BluesPlas Johnson2013Compil.
All BluesPlas Johnson, Ernie Watts, L.A. R&B Project2008Album
Keep That Groove Going!Plas Johnson / Red Holloway2001Album
Christmas In HollywoodPlas Johnson2000Album
The Warm Sound Of Plas Johnson Tenor Sax Volume One "Midnight Blues"Plas Johnson1996Album
Volume Two "The Madison Avenue Strut"Plas Johnson1996Compil.
On The Trail!Totti Bergh & Plas Johnson1993Album
Hot Blue And SaxyPlas Johnson1992Album
Rockin' With The Plas - The Capitol SinglesPlas Johnson1982Compil.
PositivelyPlas Johnson1976Album
The BluesPlas Johnson1976Album
Hot TracksHerb Ellis-Ray Brown Sextet Featuring Harry Edison, Jake Hanna, Plas Johnson, Mike Melvoin1976Album
After You've GoneHerb Ellis, Ray Brown, Harry Edison, Jake Hanna, Plas Johnson, George Duke1975Album
Tanya / Don't Let The Sun Catch You CryingPlas Johnson1963Single
Mood For The BluesPlas Johnson1961Album
Mood For The Blues / One Mint JulepPlas Johnson1961Single
This Must Be The Plas!Plas Johnson1959Single
Too Close For ComfortPlas Johnson1959Single
Selections From The Album This Must Be The Plas!Plas Johnson1959Single
This Must Be The PlasPlas Johnson1959Album
Robbins Nest Cha Cha / Plaz JazzPlas Johnson1958Single
Bop Me DaddyPlas Johnson1956Album
L.A. '55Plas JohnsonAlbum
Lift Off / Buck DancePlas JohnsonSingle
Caravan / Last CallPlas JohnsonSingle
Thar He BlowsPlas JohnsonSingle
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