The Info List - Davey Johnstone

David William Logan "Davey" Johnstone (born 6 May 1951, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish rock guitarist and vocalist, best known for his work with Elton John.[2]


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Solo discography 4 References 5 External links

Career[edit] Johnstone's first work was with Noel Murphy in 1968, where he received his first album credit on the album Another Round. By 1969, Johnstone had secured regular work as a session musician, where he began to branch out and explore differing genres of music, and experiment with a variety of instruments. In 1970, when Lyell Tranter, one of the two guitarists in the acoustic British folk group Magna Carta left the band, Johnstone took his place as a member. He recorded several albums with them beginning in 1970 on Seasons, (1970) and continued to contribute to Songs from Wasties Orchard (1971) (named after the street where he lived in Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire), and a live album entitled In Concert. During his stint with Magna Carta, Johnstone played a wide variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, sitar, and dulcimer. It was during his work with Magna Carta that he caught the attention of producer Gus Dudgeon who asked Johnstone to play on Bernie Taupin's eponymous 1971 solo album, which resulted in a meeting with Elton John and Johnstone playing on his 1971 album Madman Across the Water, after which he was invited to join Elton John's band as a full member.[3] Previously, the Elton John
Elton John
Band consisted of John himself, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson. Johnstone's debut album with Elton John
Elton John
as a full-time member of his band was Honky Chateau, on which he played electric and acoustic guitars, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, and also sang backing vocals alongside Murray and Olsson. In 1972 he worked with Joan Armatrading
Joan Armatrading
and Pam Nestor on their Gus Dudgeon-produced debut album Whatever's for Us, playing acoustic and electric guitar on several tracks, and sitar on the song "Visionary Mountains". Johnstone released a solo album, Smiling Face, in 1973 through The Rocket Record Company and created a short-lived band called China that released an eponymous album in 1977. Even while playing alongside other artists such as Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf
and Alice Cooper during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Johnstone was never very far from Elton's projects and, following his reunion with original band mates Nigel Olsson
Nigel Olsson
and Dee Murray
Dee Murray
full-time for 1982's "Jump Up" tour, has since rarely been absent from an Elton John
Elton John
album track or tour.[4] In 1990, Johnstone collaborated for the first time with lyricist Steve Trudell. With music and lyric in place, the two formed Warpipes, which included past and present Elton John
Elton John
band members Nigel Olsson
Nigel Olsson
on drums, Bob Birch
Bob Birch
on bass, Guy Babylon
Guy Babylon
on keyboards, along with Billy Trudel as vocalist. In 1991, Warpipes released their only album, Holes in the Heavens, on the label Artful Balance Records. When Artful Balance Records folded, this album was re-released on Bridge Recordings. The album title was changed to simply "Warpipes" and the song line-up was altered slightly. In 1991, Johnstone produced Addison Steel's Stormy Blue in which he played guitar, mandolin, sitar, banjo and vocals. Co-producer Guy Babylon joined with keyboard arrangements alongside drummer Nigel Olsson and Billy Trudell adding percussion and vocals. In 1996, Johnstone released an instructional guitar video titled Davey Johnstone: Star Licks Master Sessions for Star Licks Productions, in which he plays a wide variety of John classics, joined by Billy Trudel on vocals and Bob Birch
Bob Birch
on bass. In 1997, while on tour with John, Johnstone and then Elton John bandmate and former Hellecasters guitarist John Jorgenson
John Jorgenson
spent much of their off time creating Crop Circles, an album of acoustic instrumentation released in 1998. On 10 June 2009, Johnstone played a landmark 2,000th show as a member of the Elton John
Elton John
Band at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland. He is currently serving as John's musical director, in addition to his guitar work, playing along with Nigel Olsson
Nigel Olsson
and John Mahon; he also performed with Bob Birch
Bob Birch
before Birch's death in August 2012. In 2014, he played on "Belle Fleur" and "If You Were My Love" from Stevie Nicks' album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault. He knew Nicks from when he played guitar on several songs from her 1981 album Bella Donna.[5] Personal life[edit] Johnstone lives in Los Angeles with his wife. He has seven children.[6][7] Solo discography[edit]

Smiling Face (1973) Love is a crazy feeling (single – B-side "Burnin'") (1980)


^ "About". Davey Johnstone's official website. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.  ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Davey Johnstone". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 June 2010.  ^ "Davey Johnstone".  ^ " Davey Johnstone
Davey Johnstone
- Biography - Billboard".  ^ "Dave Stewart Entertainment".  ^ "Sir Elton John's Scots musical director on his 2000 gigs with the star". Daily Record. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2016.  ^ Ron Camilleri (18 October 2013). "Magic Johnstone in Las Vegas" – via YouTube. 

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Studio albums

Empty Sky Elton John Tumbleweed Connection Madman Across the Water Honky Château Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Caribou Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Rock of the Westies Blue Moves A Single Man Victim of Love 21 at 33 The Fox Jump Up! Too Low for Zero Breaking Hearts Ice on Fire Leather Jackets Reg Strikes Back Sleeping with the Past The One Duets Made in England The Big Picture Songs from the West Coast Peachtree Road The Captain & the Kid The Union The Diving Board Wonderful Crazy Night

Live albums

17-11-70 Here and There Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden

Soundtrack albums

Friends The Lion King The Muse Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice's Aida The Road to El Dorado Gnomeo & Juliet

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Volume II The Thom Bell Sessions Lady Samantha Greatest Hits Vol. 3 The Complete Thom Bell Sessions To Be Continued The Very Best of Elton John Rare Masters Greatest Hits 1976–1986 The Superior Sound of Elton John Chartbusters Go Pop Classic Elton John Love Songs Prologue Greatest Hits 1970–2002 Elton John's Christmas Party Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits Diamonds

Other albums

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John
Elton John
& Bernie Taupin Good Morning to the Night Revamp & Restoration

Video albums

The Afternoon Concert The Night Time Concert Night and Day Concert Live in Australia The Very Best of Elton John Live in Barcelona Love Songs Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Dream Ticket Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden The Red Piano

Concert tours

1970 World Tour West of the Rockies Tour Louder Than Concorde Tour 1980 World Tour Jump Up Tour Too Low for Zero Tour European Express Tour Breaking Hearts Tour Ice on Fire
Ice on Fire
Tour Tour De Force Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back
Tour Sleeping with the Past Tour The One Tour Face to Face 1994 Face to Face 1995 Made in England Tour Big Picture Tour Face to Face 1998 An Evening with Elton John Medusa Tour Stately Home Tour Face to Face 2001 Songs from the West Coast Tour Face to Face 2002 A Journey Through Time 2003 Tour Face to Face 2003 2004 Tour Peachtree Road Tour 2006 European Tour The Captain and the Kid Tour Rocket Man: Greatest Hits Live Face to Face 2009 Face to Face 2010 2010 European Tour Greatest Hits Tour 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man The Diving Board
The Diving Board
Tour Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour All the Hits Tour The Final Curtain Tour Wonderful Crazy Night
Wonderful Crazy Night
Tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Concert residencies

The Red Piano The Million Dollar Piano

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List of Elton John
Elton John
and Ray Cooper concert tours The Union Tour


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Studio albums

Pretties for You
Pretties for You
(1969) Easy Action
Easy Action
(1970) Love It to Death
Love It to Death
(1971) Killer (1971) School's Out (1972) Billion Dollar Babies
Billion Dollar Babies
(1973) Muscle of Love
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(1973) Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
(1975) Alice Cooper
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Goes to Hell (1976) Lace and Whiskey
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(1977) From the Inside (1978) Flush the Fashion
Flush the Fashion
(1980) Special
Forces (1981) Zipper Catches Skin
Zipper Catches Skin
(1982) DaDa
(1983) Constrictor (1986) Raise Your Fist and Yell
Raise Your Fist and Yell
(1987) Trash (1989) Hey Stoopid
Hey Stoopid
(1991) The Last Temptation (1994) Brutal Planet
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(2000) Dragontown
(2001) The Eyes of Alice Cooper
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(2003) Dirty Diamonds
Dirty Diamonds
(2005) Along Came a Spider (2008) Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Welcome 2 My Nightmare
(2011) Hollywood Vampires (2015, Hollywood Vampires album) Paranormal (2017)

Live albums

The Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Show (1977) Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go, 1969 (1987, recorded 1969) A Fistful of Alice
A Fistful of Alice
(1997) Brutally Live (2000) Live at Montreux 2005 (2006)


"Reflected" "I'm Eighteen" "Caught in a Dream" "Under My Wheels" "Be My Lover" "School's Out" "Elected" "Hello Hooray" "No More Mr. Nice Guy" "Billion Dollar Babies" "Halo of Flies" "Teenage Lament '74" "Only Women Bleed" "Department of Youth" "Welcome to My Nightmare" "I Never Cry" "You and Me" "How You Gonna See Me Now" "Clones (We're All)" "7 and 7 Is" "I Am the Future" "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" "Teenage Frankenstein" "Freedom" "Poison" "Bed of Nails" "House of Fire" "Only My Heart Talkin'" "Hey Stoopid" "Love's a Loaded Gun" "Feed My Frankenstein" "Lost in America" "It's Me" "Brutal Planet" "Gimme" "Keepin' Halloween Alive"

Compilations and box sets

School Days: The Early Recordings (1973) Greatest Hits (1974) Prince of Darkness (1989) The Beast of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(1989) Science Fiction Classicks
(1995) The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(1999) Mascara and Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2001) The Definitive Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2001) The Essentials: Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2002) Hell Is
Hell Is
(2002) School's Out and Other Hits (2004)


Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper
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(1974) The Nightmare (1975) Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
(1976, filmed 1975) Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
and Friends (1978, filmed 1977) The Strange Case of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(1979) The Nightmare Returns (1987, filmed 1986) Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Trashes the World
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(1990, filmed 1989) Brutally Live (2000) Live at Montreux 2005 (2006, filmed 2005) Super Duper Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2014, documentary)


Welcome to My Nightmare
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Tour (21.3.1975 – 4.4.1977) Theatre of Death Tour (31.7.2009 – 27.11.2010) Masters of Madness Tour (1.6.2013 – 21.7.2013)

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