I've written before about New Orleans artist Chuck Johnson. Unfortunately, information on the man is still non-existent.....and I still have a big question concerning his discography which apparently can only be solved by hunting down another 45. That is, unless someone out there can tell me if the recordings on Booker 301-Chuck Johnson "The Way You Treat Me/Your Little World" are the same as those released on C&E 400???
C&E 401 is one of Johnson's records I've bought just to flesh out my understanding of the discography. I had heard that it contained re-cut versions of two songs initially recorded for the Invicta label, but wasn't sure if that was the truth having never heard the original 45.
And yeah, that's exactly the case. Johnson re-recorded both tunes several years later. Possibly even ten years [?] later. The dating on the Invicta 45's is basically unknown. Certainly the man's voice is much lower on the C&E release.
The interesting thing here is that this song didn't exactly grab me the first time around. But repeated listenings [for comparison sake] have made me quite fond of both versions. Johnson was obviously a very talented piano player and I've mentioned before how much I like his voice.
So, here they are, both versions of "Trying Hard To Forget"......the first off of Invicta 509, the second off of C&E 401. Admittedly obscure choices, but I hope ya'll enjoy nonetheless.....