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Osie (James) Johnson
drummer, arranger: bands

Osie worked with Clark Terry in the Navy band 1944-45 and then freelanced around Chicago until hooking up with Earl Hines. He could be heard gigin at Minton's Playhouse with Tony Scott, or backing Dorthy Donegan, and toured Europe with Illinois Jacquet, all in the 1950s. Mostly however, he was a session musicans in the New York television and recording studios. His arrangements included a hit by singer Dinah Washington, 'Fool That I Am,' and can be heard on his own dates.