His professional career commenced with The Sweet Inspirations as an opening act for Elvis Presley on The Strip in Las Vegas.
A left-handed player who utilizes a righty Fender P inverted, Johnson’s soulful pocket playing, warm resonant tone, and engaging stage presence earned him a position at the top of his profession as an in-demand session player, concert performance sideman, and vocalist. In addition to his stellar tenure with Miller (The Joker, Abracadabra, among others), you know Gerald from his timeless work with the Pointer Sisters (“Fire”); Dave Mason (Split Coconut, Let It Flow, Mariposa de Oro, among others); Crosby, Stills & Nash & Young (CSN, Looking Forward); Stephen Stills (Thoroughfare Gap, Man Alive!); Les Dudek (Ghost Town Parade, Say No More); Gregg Allman, and Carl Wilson, to cite a few.
Tom Lawton: I saw Gerald with Steve Miller Joker tour, Dave Mason on the Certified Live Tour, once with Les Dudek and later with Dudek, Finnigan, and Krueger Band an all-time favorite.
Doc: I just watched Gerald on a DVD of Steve Miller Band’s “Rock Concert” from 1973 and he blew me away!
Gerald Johnson Sound & Vision…
“The Joker” https://youtu.be/tYTgtsCm0DA
Dave Mason: “Give Me Some Lovin” https://youtu.be/MAb2mHRBah4
Stephen Stills “Woman Lleva” https://youtu.be/YuoFOZTkuRM