Johnny Drummer & the Starliters

Johnny Drummer & the Starliters

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Johnny Drummer is one of the most under-rated but quickly rising stars in todays blues scene. He plays traditional blues with a heavy soul influence, and captivates audiences worldwide with his strong, powerful voice and skillful musicianship.

Biography

Johnny Drummer was born Thessex Johns, on March 1, 1938 in Alligator, Mississippi, a small town twelve miles south of Clarksdale in the heart of the Delta. There he saw musicians like Little Milton and Ike Turner every weekend, and listened to his three brothers play hollow-box guitars on long summer nights, learning all the blues, R&B, and soul songs of the time. It wasn’t long before he began singing, and at age seven was singing with the Kelly Brothers Band in Alligator.

His career as a musician expanded when he joined the Army and learned to play drums. In his three-year army career he sat in on drums with bands that came around, honing his skills as a musician. Upon leaving the Army in 1959, he moved to Chicago, where he began sitting in with Lovie Lee, Big Walter Horton, and Carey Bell on the street corner near his house. He soon began playing drums in Lovie’s band, and later moved on to play with Eddie King. In 1962 he cut a record for Wonderful Records, which featured Eddie King, Willie Black, Roy Johnson, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Otis Spann. In 1965 he got the chance to play with BB King at a club called Lee’s when BB’s drummer neglected to show up for the gig. In 1966 he went to see Muddy Waters, and was asked to sit in on bass. He was later asked to tour with Muddy, but being focused on his career and family, Johnny declined Muddy’s offer, uneasy at the prospect of life on the road.

Upon retiring from the Police Department in 1994, Johnny began to focus heavily on his music career. In recent years he has released two albums for the Earwig Music label, and is in the process of finishing up his third release for them. He now performs internationally at festivals and blues clubs, including acclaimed performances at the Chicago Blues Festival, Pocono Blues Festival, University of Illinois Blues Festival, and several others in the US, Canada, and Europe.

Check out Johnny's Website at
www.johnnydrummermusic.com

Lyrics

I'm Going To Sell My Cadillac, Buy Myself A Mule

Written By: Johnny Drummer

I’m Gonna Sell My Cadillac, Buy Myself A Mule
Words, music and arrangement written by Thessex Johns, pka Johnny Drummer
co-published by Earwig Music Company, Inc. & Johnny Drummer

? 2000 Earwig Music Company, Inc, & Thessex Johns pka Johnny Drummer
p 2000 Earwig Music Company, Inc.

I’m gonna sell my Cadillac, I’m gonna buy myself a mule
I’m gonna sell my Cadillac, I’m gonna buy myself a mule
I won’t be stranded on these highways
I won’t be running out of fuel.

I can depend on my mule, My mule will take me anywhere I wanna go
I can depend on my mule, it will take me anywhere I wanna go
I won’t be getting stuck in the mud, I won’t be getting stuck in the snow

You see, my mule will take me to my baby’s house to have a ball
You see, my mule will take me to my baby’s house to have a ball
You know I’m gonna have a good time, I’m gonna put my mule in her stall

I know you might think I’m crazy, for saying the things I say
But my mule get hot he won’t vapor lock
All he want is a bale of hay

I’m gonna sell my Cadillac, I’m gonna buy myself a mule
I won’t be getting stuck in the snow, I won’t be running out of fuel

Now listen, today you buy a brand new car, tomorrow they call it used
I won’t have to worry about that, I’ll just jump on the back of my mule

I’m gonna sell my Cadillac, I’m gonna buy myself a mule
I won’t be stuck on the highway, I won’t be running out of fuel

You see the mule was here 1000 years BC
Then some wise man made a car, the mule was history

I’m gonna sell my Cadillac, I’m gonna buy myself a mule
I won’t be getting stuck in the mud, and I won’t be running out of fuel

I’m gonna sell my Cadillac, I’m gonna buy myself a mule
I’m gonna sell my Cadillac, I’m gonna buy myself a mule
I won’t be stuck on this highway, I won’t be running out of fuel

Yeah. I’m gonna sell my Cadillac.

Keep It A Secret

Written By: Johnny Drummer

Keep It A Secret
Words, music and arrangement written by Thessex Johns, pka Johnny Drummer
co-published by Earwig Music Company, Inc. & Johnny Drummer

? 2006 Earwig Music Company, Inc, & Thessex Johns pka Johnny Drummer
p 2006 Earwig Music Company, Inc.

We must keep it a secret about our love affair
We can’t tell no one, of the secret love that we share
I know you want to tell your mother, ‘cause she’s your best friend
You know she will not approve of the situation that we’re in

I can’t tell my brother that we are secret lovers
He will say stop it right now, brother don’t take it no further
Brother don’t take it no further

We try to stay away from each other, and just remain good friends
But the moment that I see you again the feelings start all over again

We can’t tell no one that we’re secret lovers
We can’t tell no one, baby

Guitar solo

We must give it up, I guess it wasn’t meant to be
I still love you, you’re the best thing ever happened to me

(Background vocals)
We must keep it a secret about our love affair
We can’t tell no one about the secret love we share

I know you want to tell your brother, that we are secret lovers
We can’t tell no one, we hope we never get discovered

We can’t tell no one that we’re secret lovers
We can’t tell no one, baby
We can’t take it no further
Baby we can’t take it no further

We try to stay away from each other, and just remain good friends
The moment that I see you again, yeah yeah, my feelings start all over again

We can’t tell no one that we’re into each other
We can’t tell no one that we’re secret lovers

Baby we’re secret lovers
We got to keep it a secret, baby
We can’t tell no one, no no
We can’t tell nobody
We have a whole lot of fun
You into me I’m into you
We can’t let nobody know just what we do

We got to keep it a secret, baby
We got to keep it a secret

We got to keep it a secret, baby
We can’t tell no one
We got to keep it a secret, baby
We’re having too much fun

Keep it a secret

A Blind Man

Written By: Johnny Drummer

A Blind Man
Words, music and arrangement written by Thessex Johns, pka Johnny Drummer
co-published by Earwig Music Company, Inc. & Johnny Drummer

? 2006 Earwig Music Company, Inc, & Thessex Johns pka Johnny Drummer
p 2006 Earwig Music Company, Inc.

I was walking and I met a blind man
With a harmonica and a guitar in his hand
He said please help me across the street my friend
Where I hear those good old blues playing

He said
I was standing on the corner and it began to rain
I was only trying to make a little bit of change
But the police drove up and told me I had to move on
And that bus driver took my last bit of change

And lately I been down on my luck
The times are tough roads are rough
But I can’t give up
But when I hear those good old blues playing
I’m here to tell you I just can’t get enough

I was a musician played with many bands
Some not so famous some made the hall of fame
It seems like everybody has heard my music
But nobody can remember my name

Guitar solo

He said
I might be blind my eyes has failed
I’m greatful there’s nothing wrong with my ears
So please help me across the street you all
I’m still a blues man.

Discography

It's So Nice - Earwig CD 4944
Unleaded Blues - Earwig CD 4948
Rockin' In The Juke Joint (2007) - Earwig CD 4951

Set List

Many original blues, soul, & r&b uptempo tunes and ballads written by Johnny Drummer, plus a wide mix of blues & soul by well-known artists such as Johnny Taylor, Tyrone Davis, BB King and others