Tune That Name: John & Johnny

Make yourself at home boy, I just pre-warmed all the griddles …

Dear John,” Aimee Mann
Dear John Letter (to the Devil),” Keith Green

John Doe,” Rick Elias
John Law,” Dropkick Murphys
John the Revelator,” Blind Willie Johnson
John the Revelator,” Clay Ross
John the Revelator,” Phil Keaggy
Little John of God,” Los Lobos
Johnny 99,” Bruce Springsteen
Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry
Johnny Saucep’n,” Moxy Fruvous
Johnny Too Bad,” The Slickers
Lonesome Johnny Blues,” Cracker

Since they’re back-to-back in the list above, here’s a terrific video of a young-ish Bruce Springsteen telling the story of the night he and his band backed up Chuck Berry. And here they are together again more than 20 years after that first time.

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  • cyllan

    Um, really Fred? Could we maybe avoid references mass shootings today?

  • Dave Lartigue

    You can add a “John the Revelator” by Depeche Mode to your collection, though it isn’t that good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRUv90JOKw4

  • Nightsky

    True story: I was once at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a festival where they have American Sign Language interpreters for most events. When Moxy Fruvous got to the part of “Johnny Saucep’n” that’s a long list of dishes sung at high speed, the interpreter–thrown for a loop–apparently just kept signing “food” over and over.

    Then he went home and practiced. The next year, he did it correctly–AT THE SAME SPEED as the band.

  • Persia
  • So rare to see another Poe fan! Such a little known, but wonderful artist. Hopefully she can get back to (official, under her own name) work soon.

    Her brother also wrote one of the creepiest books in history…

  • Tofu_Killer

    Okay, maybe a little out of step, but what about
    Frankie & Johnny?

  • Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave

    Admittedly, I might never have ever heard this song if the Undertaker hadn’t used it for his theme for a few months. Now it’s hard to do a search for one without seeing the other! My favorite is probably this tribute video (TW, violence, which if you know anything about the Undertaker is to be expected. :p)

  • Dawn

    John Riley – Byrds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIaVEDgZr3M)
    My Son John – Tim Hart and Maddie Prior (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTT-5ev-LLI)
    My Son John – The Imagined Village (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMpzWrDss_s)
    My Son John – My Son John (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOxsgC-bKLM)

  • Persia

    I really do need to read that one of these days. I had no idea they were related until a year or so ago.

  • Winter
  • Adding in some variants of John like Johan, Johannes and Johanna:

    Balladen om Nils Johan Einar Ferlin – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Visions of Johanna – Bob Dylan
    Bannes Johannes – Euskefeurat
    Balladen om Rune Henry Johansson – Fria Proteatern
    Johanssons Boogie Woogie Vals – Povel Ramel
    Abraham, Martin and John – Bob Dylan
    Farmer John – the Premiers
    Farmer John – Neil Young
    Jackhammer John – Woody Guthrie
    John 19:41 – Jesus Christ Superstar
    The Ballad of John and Yoko – the Beatles
    John Barleycorn – Steeleye Span
    John Brown – Bob Dylan
    John Lee – Fairport Convention
    John of Violence – the Wildhearts
    John Rock’n’Roll Sinclair – the Dogs
    John Silver – Magnus Uggla
    John Sinclair – John & Yoko / Plastic Ono Band
    John Walker’s Blues – Steve Earle
    John Was Hardly More Than a Bewildered Observer at His Own Trial – Fairport Convention
    John Wesley Harding – Bob Dylan
    John’s Reflections on His Boyhood – Fairport Convention
    Mr. John Carlos – Nationalteatern
    My Son John – John C. Reilly
    My Son John – the Merry Wives of Windsor
    Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues – Bob Dylan
    Mr. Johnson Cries – Brainpool
    Robert Johnsong – the Nomads
    Roll On John – Bob Dylan
    Silver Son Johnnie – Four Mandarines
    The Ballad of Jimmy & Johnny – Rancid
    Bye Bye Johnny – the Rolling Stones
    Hanging Johnny – Stan Ridgeway
    Johnny – Suicide
    Johnny – Thin Lizzy
    Johnny 99 – Bruce Springsteen
    Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
    Johnny B. Goode / Road Runner – the Sex Pistols
    Johnny Come Lately – Steve Earle & the Pogues
    Johnny Hit and Run Paulene – X
    Johnny Strikes Up the Band – Warren Zevon
    Johnny Too Bad – the Slickers
    Johnny Too Bad – Steve Earle
    Johnny Was – Stiff Little Fingers
    Johnny Was a Good Boy – Mystery Trend
    Johnny’s Gonna Die – the Replacements
    Leave Her, Johnny – Lou Reed
    Lost Johnny – Motörhead
    My Johnny Was a Shoemaker – the Merry Wives of Windsor
    Surabaya-Johnny – Imperiet
    Whiskey Johnny – Michael Gira

  • sh

    Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean, Tennessee Ernie Ford. Written by Jimmy Dean and Roy Acuff. For the coal miners….

  • lowtechcyclist

    Johnny, Are You Queer? – Josie Cotton

  • Amaryllis

    John – Inge Thomason
    John Come Kiss Me Now – John Dowland tune, here played by lutenist Ernesto Quezada
    John o’ Dreams – Christy Moore
    John the Revelator – Son House
    John the Revelator – The White Stripes
    John Anderson, My Jo – Derek Bell
    John Ball – The Watersons (so he should have gone in the real-people thread, but I forgot)
    John Barleycorn – Jethro Tull
    John Barleycorn – The Watersons
    John Dead – Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
    Uncle John’s Band – Grateful Dead

  • Amaryllis

    Johnny Be Fair – Buffy Sainte-Marie
    Johnny I Do Miss You – De Danaan
    Johnny Lovely Johnny – Cara Dillon
    Johnny McEldoo – The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
    Johnny Seddon – Jez Lowe
    Johnny Seioge – John Beag
    Johnny Seioge – Trian
    Johnny Strikes Up the Band – Warren Zevon
    Farewell Johnny Miner – The Battlefield Band
    Surabaya Johnny – Lotte Lenya
    Surabaya Johnny – Ute Lemper