Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Big Jack Johnson 1940-2011

Legendary Mississippi Blues Man Passes

Contact: Mark Carpentieri

e-mail - mc@mc-records.com

Ph: 631-754-8725

web: www.mc-records.com

With the heaviest of hearts M.C. Records announces the passing of legendary Mississippi Blues Man Big Jack Johnson. Jack died this morning in a Memphis hospital, he was 70. Our condolences go out to his wife Annette and their many children and grand-children. Also to all the people who loved Big Jack.

To help with expenses, M.C. Records is donating all purchases of Big Jack CDs to his family. You can listen to samples of music, see a selection of recordings and make purchases right here,


by Robert Corwin - 2000

Big Jack was the last surviving member of the influential band The Jelly Roll Kings which included Sam Carr and Frank Frost. Big Jack appeared in the influential 1992 documentary movie "Deep Blues." Big Jack also appeared on CNN’s “World Beat,” PBS’s “The River of Song” and in National Geographic magazine. He has graced the covers of Living Blues, Real Blues and Blues Speak. For a more full bio on Big Jack please go to http://www.bigjackjohnson.com/bio.html

The death of Big Jack Johnson is a sad and personal loss to me. It was after seeing Big Jack in Westchester NY that my wife and I decided to formally start M.C. Records. Catherine recalls it very well, I just remember the first time I saw him when we went up to Westchester. How electrifying he was. So powerful and raw but in a good way. Then when we worked with him to see how shy, in a way, he was and his oddball sense of

humor – hokey, but I loved it. That was Jack. Generous, warm, funny, a great family man and played blues as intensely as you would ever witness. I will truly miss him.

From L to R - Wild Child Butler, Mark Carpentieri, Big Jack - 2005 by Dick Waterman

Big Jack - 1999

Between 1996-2002 we would release four recordings by Big Jack. The Oilman started the label in a national and international direction in 1996. He also would get us our first W.C. Handy, AFIM and NAIRD Award nominations. During most of those years Jack worked tirelessly sometimes over 300 gigs per year. By 2005 his touring slowed down considerably and he spent most of his time with family he loved so much. When we stopped working together I would call him to see how he was doing. Usually his wife Annette would answer the phone and get Jack who was usually doing something with one of his kids or Grandchildren. I would ask him how he was doing, he would usually say the same thing, "fishing, enjoying my family, playing once in awhile." That was the perfect balance for Jack. Hopefully you got to see Jack play because they don't make him like that anymore.

Finally, here's a great YouTube clip of Big Jack doing "Catfish Blues."


From left to right - Sam Carr, Kim Wilson & Big Jack. Backstage at BMA Awards.

When the Lord Calls you, you got to go.

Big Jack Johnson from the song, "So Long Frank Frost"


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