Salute The General! October 23, 2010 12:02 AMSubscribe
One of music's greatest voices and songwriters passed away last week. General Norman Johnson not only wrote and sang rock and roll's most declarative defense, he also wrote not just one but two of the greatest anti-war songs ever. His early work with The Showmen are Carolina "beach music" standards, as are many of his 70's hits with The Chairmen of The Board. Tossing off pop soul gems with ease, his true masterpiece is maudlin yet moving, classic American kitsch of the highest order. As a singer his voice was singular, unmistakable, a true original. .Joey loved him. Let's make it the General Johnson monument!