Ken Snakehips Johnson

Ken Snakehips Johnson

Birth
Guyana
Death 8 Mar 1941 (aged 26)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 8160946 · View Source
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Leading British bandleader of the 1930s and Britain's first black bandleader. Born Kenrick Reginald Huymans Johnson in British Guiana, with his "West Indian Orchestra," Ken Johnson would become one of the leading bandleaders of the Swing era. Whilst playing at London's "Cafe de Paris" (where Ken Johnson and his band were residents) on Saturday March 8th, 1941, a night of heavy bombing, the building was hit by a German bomb killing 26-year old Johnson instantly.

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
  • Added: 7 Dec 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8160946
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ken Snakehips Johnson (10 Sep 1914–8 Mar 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8160946, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .