ROBERT JOHNSON Close Personal Friend

£12.99 (GBP)
ROBERT JOHNSON Close Personal Friend


1. I’ll Be Waiting
2. Wish Upon A Star
3. Guide My Energy (parts 1&2)
4. Say Girl
5. Responsibility
6. Kerri
7. Leslie
8. Wreck My Mind
9. Debbie’s Theme
10. Tell Me About It Slim
BONUS ALBUM – The Memphis Demos
11. Bubba Rock
12. I’ll Be Waiting
13. Claudette
14. Burning Love
15. Wish Upon A Star
16. Jimmy Dean’s Back (live)
17. Shaking It Down
18. Better Love
19. Deep Love











Having auditioned for the slot made vacant by Mick Taylor, ROBERT JOHNSON at the age of 23 was in his opinion too young and too American to join The Rolling Stones. In 1974 he secured the lead guitar slot in Who bass players JOHN ENTWISTLE’s OX where he stayed for the next three years.

In 1978 the world was finally exposed to ROBERT JOHNSON solo artist whose two albums were released in UK on the Ensign Label (bonus album ‘The Memphis Demos’ was released in 1980′.)

With a name like Robert Johnson there was initially some confusion with the late blues hero but once the music was played and a fresh faced blonde hair kid exposed to the press/public there was no confusion this was the 70’s Robert.

He toured in support of ‘Close Personal Friend’ opening for amongst others The POLICE and The KNACK but ‘bad vibes and bad management’ doomed his band and albums to a premature fate.

Crank up loud and enjoy.



Memphis music history is littered with curious, compelling stories, among them that of Robert Johnson. No, not that Robert Johnson. A white guitar hotshot who cut his teeth in local bands and recording sessions in the early ’70s, the other Robert Johnson ended up playing for Isaac Hayes and the Who’s John Entwistle and auditioning for the Rolling Stones in 1975 (a guitarist spot vacated by Mick Taylor that ultimately went to Ron Wood) before making his own mark as a solo artist...

Close Personal Friend put Johnson on the road with fellow new-wave/poprock acts like the Police and the Knack in the late ’70s, but label and management issues shortened the album’s initial shelf life despite good press.

Memphis Flyer (December 2008)

It's cheerily intense...For the most part highly enjoyable... (November 2008)

The brand of rock/pop on display here is timeless and this could quite easily be mistaken for a modern work

Classic Rock Society (December 2008)

...a tenacious, bright and utterly engaging blend of power-pop and early rock 'n' roll...

Steve Caseman, RocknReel (December 2008)

...devotees of inventive power pop should find this a more than worthwhile investment.

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (July 2009)



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