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Mike Johnson's Demos, 45 RPMs, and Cassettes

Before Mike Johnson went to Jim Maxwell's Globe Recording Studio in Nashville for his first professional recording session, he had several of his songs cut on acetate demos at Omega Recording Studio in Kensington, Maryland to see how he sounded on a record. He then sent his song "Ole House On the River" to Globe Studio to see how someone else sounded singing his songs, and Maxwell picked one of his demo artists, Ronnie Layne for the job. Now convinced that he should give recording a shot, Mike departed for Nashville on 14 April 1981 and two days later he recorded five of his songs.

After the session, Jim Maxwell mastered the recordings and then took Mike into the pressing room and cut the five songs onto three demo acetates so that he would have something to take home and listen to. He then cut the pressing plates so they could be sent off to manufacture his very first commercial release, a 45-rpm "King of the Fish" on Side 1 with "Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin" on Side 2.

When Globe Studio relocated to White House, Tennessee in 1983, just north of Nashville, Maxwell sent Mike over to his friend, Jim Stanton, owner of Rich-R-Tone Records, Champ Recording Studio, and Champ Records and Tapes. Stanton taught Mike how the Nashville clique worked and Mike recorded his songs at Jim's Studio until Jim's death in 1989.

Demos 1980: Omega Recording Studios, Kensington, Maryland

Artist: Mike Johnson

Side-1: King of the Fish

Side-2: Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

15 September 1980, Omega Recording Studio, Kensington, Md.

Artist: Mike Johnson

Side-1: How Come the Good Ones Have to Go?

Side-2: Close Your Eyes Little One

14 October 1980, Omega Recording Studio, Kensington, Md.

Artist: Mike Johnson

Side-1: The Letter

Side-2: Sammy

10" 45-rpm - 17 October 1980 Omega Recording Studio, Kensington, Md.

Artist: Mike Johnson

Side-1: Just A Nobody (yodeling song)

Side-2: A Singing Star

17 October 1980 Omega Recording Studio, Kensington, Md.

Demos 1981: Globe Recording Studio, 1313 Dickerson Rd., Nashville, Tennessee

Disc-1: Recorded & mastered April 1981 at Globe Recording Studio, Nashville, Tn. 2 weeks prior to Mike's recording session.

Artist: Ronnie Layne

Side-1: Ole House On the River


Disc-2: Cut from the Master Tape following Mike's Globe Recording Session in April 1981.

Artist: Mike Johnson

Side-1: King of the Fish

Side-2: Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

Disc-3: Cut from the Master Tape following Mike's Globe recording session in April 1981.

Artist: Mike Johnson

Side-1: Just A Nobody (yodeling song)

Side-2: A Singing Singing Star


Disc-4: Cut from Master Tape following Mike's Globe recording session in April 1981.

Artist: Mike Johnson

Side-1: "Little Boys and Doggies

1981 to 1983: Official MAJJ Productions 45-RPM and Cassette Releases

"King of the Fish" * 45-RPM Single * MAJJ Productions Catalog #M001 * Released April 1981

Songs recorded & mastered April 1981 at Jim Maxwell's Globe Recording Studio, 1313 Dickerson Road, Nashville, Tennessee

MAJJ Productions Sunburst Logo created by Mike Johnson

Side 1: King of the Fish

Artist: Mike Johnson

Producer: Mike Johnson

Song Publisher: MAJJ Productions

Lyrics: Mike Johnson

Song Publisher: Tree Publishing

Composer: Roger Miller

Side 2: Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

Artist: Mike Johnson

Producer: Mike Johnson

Song Publisher: MAJJ Productions

Songwriter: Mike Johnson

*Lawrence Record Shop in Nashville, Tennessee, still run by founder Jack Lawrence, Sr. was the first retailer to offer this release for sale, and Keith Bradford's Record Row Review, a local Nashville Radio Station was the first to spin it.

King of the Fish

"Mike Johnson's Guitar Songs Vol.1 * MAJJ Productions Catalog #MA001 * Released 1983

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: MAJJ Productions * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Sunburst Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

This Acoustic release was recorded & manufactured in February 1983 at Mike Johnson's MAJJ Productions in Washington DC and sold by mail-order and at music gigs only.

Side 1:

1. Sweet Tender Rose

2. A Thousand Things

3. Always For You

4. Black Yodel No.1 (yodeling song)

5. Snakes Don't Sleep On A Hot Rock

6. If This Old Tree Could Talk

7. Dead Drunk and Hung Over

8. God Bless My Little Goober

Side 2:

1. Pictures On the Wall

2. Sammy

3. Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

4. Last Night I Heard You Cryin' in Your Sleep

5. The Yodel (yodeling song)

6. I Don't Want to Sing'em

7. I Aim to be the Best

8. Nursery Rhymes Rated "R"

9. Let's Take It Easy

Sweet Tender Rose

1986 to 1987: Official Pata del Lobo Music 45-RPM and Cassette Releases

"Hooked On Rodeo" * 45 RPM Single * Pata del Lobo Music Catalog #S068601 * Released June 1986

Songs recorded & mastered June 1986 at Jim Stanton's Champ Recording Studio, 1705 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee

Side 1: Hooked On Rodeo (yodeling song)

Artist: Mike Johnson

Producer: Mike Johnson

Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music

Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Side 2: I Hear Her Words Ringin'

Artist: Mike Johnson

Producer: Mike Johnson

Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music

Songwriter: Mike Johnson

*Lawrence Record Shop in Nashville, Tennessee, owned and operated by Jack Lawrence, Sr. was the first retailer to offer this release for sale, and Keith Bradford's Record Row Review, a local Nashville Radio Station was be the first to spin it.

I Hear Her Words Ringin'

"I Believe In Roy Rogers" * Pata del Lobo Music Catalog #C118601 * Released November 1986

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph & Wolf Paw Logo by Mike Johnson * Graphics by Champ Recording Studio

Song #1 Side-1 & Songs #2 & #5 Side-2 were recorded & mastered at Globe Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

All other songs recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Side 1:

1. Just a Nobody (yodeling song)

2. Snakes Don't Sleep On a Hot Rock

3. Sammy

4. If This Old Tree Could Talk

5. Let's Take It Easy

6. As Long As There is Music (yodeling song)

Side 2:

1. Hooked On Rodeo (yodeling song)

2. Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

3. I Hear Her Words Ringin'

4. I Believe In Roy Rogers (yodeling song)

5. Little Boys and Doggies

6. I Can't Believe I'm Fallin'

*Along with Mike's local consignments, the Union 76 Truck Stop in Montgomery, Alabama, was the first of nearly a dozen truck stops to offer this cassette for sale in their Gift Shops.

"Did You Hug Your Mother Today?" * Pata del Lobo Music Catalog #C068701 * Released June 1987

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph & Wolf Paw Logo by Mike Johnson * Graphics by Champ Recording Studio

Song #2 Side-2 recorded & mastered at Globe Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

All other songs recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

Side 1:

1. Did You Hug Your Mother Today?

2. Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin - instrumental

3. Me and My Friend Jim (yodeling song)

Side 2:

1. Pigtails and Bubblegum (Lyric co-writer Leo Maimone)

2. Little Boys and Doggies - instrumental

3. Take Time Out - don't take it out on your Kid

1993 to 1996: Official Roughshod Records Cassette Releases

Ever demanding trucking schedules caused Mike to drop out of the performing scene, so he concentrated on his songwriting. With very scattered performances in between he returned to the stage in 1993 with over 500 new songs.

"Black Yodel No.1 the Song the Songwriter" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RCD099301 * Released September 1993

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

Song #3 Side-1 recorded & mastered at Globe Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

All other songs recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

Side 1:

1. Black Yodel No.1 (yodeling song)

2. I Never Really Learned to Play Guitar

3. Just A Nobody (yodeling song)

4. Always For You

5. Hooked On Rodeo (yodeling song)

6. Here's to Jim and Tammy

Side 2:

1. I Believe In Roy Rogers (yodeling song)

2. Pictures On the Wall

3. As Long As There Is Music (yodeling song)

4. Me and My Friend Jim (yodeling song)

5. You Scratch My Back

6. Yeah I'm A Cowboy (yodeling song)

"Did You Hug Your Mother Today?" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RCS049401 * Released April 1994

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

Side-1: Did You Hug You Mother Today?

Song recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Side-2: Little Boys and Doggies

Song recorded & mastered at Globe Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

*In April 1994, at the suggestion of a music friend, Mike sent this release to Big John Baldry, aka "King of the Indie DJs" and host of the Michigan Jamboree Radio Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the title cut "Did You Hug Your Mother Today?" became his first radio hit, playing for three weeks straight surrounding Mother's Day.

"Just A Nobody" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RCS089501 * Released August 1995

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

Songs recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Side-1: Just A Nobody (yodeling song)

Side-2: Always For You

"Take Time Out" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RCS089502 * Released August 1995

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

Songs recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Side-1: Take Time Out, don't take it out on your Kid

Side-2: Snakes Don't Sleep On A Hot Rock 

"As Long As There Is Music" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RCS089503 * Released August 1995

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

Songs recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Side-1: As Long As There Is Music (yodeling song)

Side-2: Black Yodel No.1 (yodeling song)

"I Believe In Roy Rogers" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RC089601 * Released August 1996

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

Songs #2 & #5 Side-1 and song #1, Side-2 recorded & mastered Globe Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

All other songs recorded & mastered at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Side-1:

1. I Believe In Roy Rogers (yodeling song)

2. Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

3. I Hear Her Words Ringin'

4. Hooked On Rodeo (yodeling song)

5. Little Boys and Doggies

6. I Can't Believe I'm Fallin'

Side-2:

1. Just A Nobody (yodeling song)

2. Snakes Don't Sleep On a Hot Rock

3. Sammy

4. If This Ole Tree Could Talk

5. Let's Take It Easy

6. As Long As There Is Music (yodeling song)

7. Black Yodel No.1 (yodeling song)

"Did You Hug Your Mother Today?" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RC#089602 * Released August 1996

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

Songs #2, Side-1 and #2, Side-2 recorded at Globe Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

All other songs recorded at Champ Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Side-1:

1. Did You Hug Your Mother Today?

2. Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin (instrumental)

3. Me and My Friend Jim (yodeling song)

Side-2:

1. Pigtails and Bubblegum (Lyric co-writer Leo Maimone)

2. Little Boys and Doggies (instrumental)

3. Take Time Out, don't take it out on your Kid

"Mike Johnson's Guitar Songs Vol.1 - 1983 Collectors Classic" * Roughshod Records Catalog #RC089603 * Released August 1996

Artist: Mike Johnson * Producer: Mike Johnson * Song Publisher: Pata del Lobo Music * Songwriter: Mike Johnson

Cover Photograph, Boot Logo & Graphics by Mike Johnson

*This re-issue of the 1983 original version was the last cassette produced by Roughshod Records. The publishing of these songs was reassigned to Pata del Lobo Music Publishing in 1984, and later, around 1988, songs "God Bless My Little Goober" and "Nursery Rhymes Rated "R" were reassigned to You and Me Music Publishing.

Side-1:

1. Sweet Tender Rose

2. A Thousand Things

3. Always For You

4. Black Yodel No.1 (yodeling song)

5. Snakes Don't Sleep On A Hot Rock

6. If This Old Tree Could Talk

7. Dead Drunk and Hung Over

8. God Bless My Little Goober

Side-2:

1. Pictures On the Wall

2. Sammy

3. Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin

4. Last Night I Heard You Cryin' In Your Sleep

5. The Yodel (yodeling song)

6. I Don't Want to Sing'em

7. I Aim to Be the Best (yodeling song)

8. Nursery Rhymes Rated "R"

9. Let's Take It Easy