Johnny Smith is one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all times. Unless you ask Johnny Smith who says he’s not a really a jazz guitarist. Well, who are you going to believe. Johnny Smith, or guitarists Jimmy Bruno, Pat Matrino, Barny Kessel and Bill Fresell.
Johnny Smith was active in the New York City jazz scene in the 1950s. One of his most memorable recordings was Moonlight in Vermont with Stan Getz. One of his most famous compositions is Walk Don’t Run although the version by the Ventures is better known.
Johnny Smith’s wife died and leaving him to try to raise their daughter on his own. He decided it would be difficult for him to continue his career and raise his daughter in New York so he moved to Colorado where he opened a music store.
Johnny Smith helped design signature guitar models for a number of luthiers and companies including the Guild Johnny Smith Award, a Gibson Johnny Smith model, a Heritage Johnny Smith model, and a Guild Johnny Smith Award by Benedetto.
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Seven Comes Eleven
Walk Don’t Run! (just the music, no video of Johnny Smith)