The Untold Story Of Johnnie Gee

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Johnnie Gee is a musical legend–often dubbed the king of soul music. During his career in the early 60s to late 70s, Gee performed within the band Step by Step. He was motivated by an ambition to satisfy his father, his record label, Brunswick records, his fellow bandmates, as well as all the notable rising stars he encountered during his travels–such as Prince.

In spite of Gee and his band’s drive to work well with his supporters, the band split with Brunswick records after several years of working together due to creative disputes. This wasn’t the first time Gee and his fellow bandmates failed to stick to a record label, as during the lifespan of their career they bounced with numerous other labels, most notably All Platinum Records. Was this a testament to Johnnie Gee’s relentless creativity above all, or rather a more sinister stubborn quality playing at hand? The story seems to think the latter isn’t true, as after breaking up with the band and going on to his solo career, Johnnie Gee released five immensely popular singles in a little over a decade. Perhaps Johnnie Gee was just better off alone with no one to cripple his glorious ideas.

Of course, Johnnie Gee’s time with record labels wasn’t done all together. Yet, this time it was different. Starting in 1982, when Gee was discharged from military service, he began his own production company known as “Sidetraxx Records & Entertainment.” It was quite a success! The label work with some of the most up and coming stars of the time, including numerous rappers such as Notorious B.I.G, Jr. Mafia, Chic Delvic, Bizzy Bone, Gangsta Nip, among others. With celebrities like these, Johnnie Gee released four popular singles yet again, selling a total of over half a million copies internationally. This boosted Johnnie’s reputation in the production business immensely. The leading experts in the production of that time trusted him enough to grant Gee a supervising role in the production of the LP Redemption by Double R and Bizzy Bone. It was a success and placed a whopping total of over 43 years of music experience in all regards under Johnnie’s Belt. In essence, Johnnie Gee mastered all types of music, everything from on stage to behind the scenes. What a legend.

Today, Johnnie Gee can still be found producing music. Most of his business is focused

in the local Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, where Johnnie Gee grew up. He is committed to sponsoring and assisting up and coming indie artist, hoping to inspire the next generation of “Johnnie Gees”, so to speak. From time to time, Gee may release a single of his own online or is featured on various albums, with his latest features being released in 2015 in the album Grind Tyme, which is currently being sold on Amazon. We highly encourage you to pay this iconic legend a good listen or two! You can also read some online pokies reviews too.

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