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Thomas Ellis Johnson, III
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Birth: 1934
Death: Oct. 10, 1993

Gospel Singer. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he was the son of famed gospel musician Thomas "Goat" Johnson Sr., and a bass player/arranger for the gospel quartet, The Harmonizing Four. The quartet formed by his father, and some high school friends in 1927, was one of the more popular gospel groups of that time. A graduate of the Maggie L. Walker High School, he recorded first with the rock and roll group, The Monterays. In 1958, he joined The Harmonizing Four and stayed until his death 35 years later. The quartet traveled with Martin Luther King Jr. on his travels throughout the 1950s and 1960s, to visit campuses and churches, where he preached. They also toured Europe, performed at Apollo Theater, The Smithsonian Institute, Carnegie Hall, and with Mahalia Jackson, in a career spanning over 50 years. Johnson himself is noted for his recordings such as, "Golden Bells", "Uncloudy Day", "Lord, Teach Me Day By Day", "A Closer Walk With Thee", and "I Don't Know About Tomorrow." In 1974, Johnson was seriously hurt in a car accident. The accident cost him a leg to amputation, part of his stomach, and a year of hospitalization. His doctors said that he would not sing again, but Johnson came back and sang for another 20 years. His last years were spent in the group and as a member of the First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he was a member of the choir. He died from a fatal attack at the age of 59. His father outlived him for ten more years, passing away in 2003, at age 90. 
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 29, 2007
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Thomas Ellis Johnson, III
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