The article discuses Simon Johnson, the son of late British guitarist and singer, Wilko Johnson.
Who is Simon Johnson?
He is the son of Wilko Johnson, his father and Irene Knight, his mother.
Simon Johnson parents met in their teenage years and even got married while they were still teenagers.
Simon Johnson is the second son of the couple.
He has taken after his father. Yes!!
Simon Johnson is also a guitarist and not only that he is part of a band, just like his father.
He is playing with the Southern -Based band.
The name of the band that Simon Johnson plays in is Eight Rounds Rapids.
But how did Simon Johnson got into the band?
It has been reported that, he got into the band through his brother Matt Johnson.
Matt, Simon Johnson brother is friend to Lee Watkins, who is in the band.
The band realized that they can pick us crumbs from some of Wilko Johnson slots.
Lee Watkins asked Simon Johnson to join the band.
Simon replaced one Peter Hawkin, who was also a band member.
Who was Wilko Johnson? Simon Johnson father.
Wilko, whose active years in music spanned from 1970 t0 2022 was with the United Artists label.
Wilko Johnson was born on 12th July,1947 as John Peter Wilkinson.
He was a British singer, guitarist , actor and songwriter.
He was a proud member of Dr. Feelgood, a pub rock/rhythm and blues band.
This was popular band back in the 1970s. Wilko Johnson was famed for his way of playing the guitar which was so distinctive in style.
He his unique way of playing the instrument was done using fingerstyle rather than using a pick.
This amazing style of his, made him do what many could not.
Wilko Johnson was able to get his guitar to play rhythm as well as a riff/solos at the same time.
So amazing, is it not?
Wilko along with his Dr Feelgood band had so much influences on the British punk movement at the time.
Paul Weller had much to say about Wilko Johnson unique style of playing his guitar.
He said:”Wilko may not be as famous as some other guitarists, but he’s right up there. And there are a lot of people who’ll say the same. I can hear Wilko in lots of places. It’s some legacy.”
His other side of him as a actor saw him appeared in the Games of Thrones movie.
Wilko who was part of both seasons of the movie had this to say about how he got to be part of it.
He said “They said they wanted somebody really sinister who went around looking daggers at people before killing them. That made it easy. Looking daggers at people is what I do all the time, it’s like second nature to me’.”
Who is Irene Knight? Simon Johnson mother.
She was the only wife of the famous guitarist and singer. Irene Knight got married to Wilko while they were still teenagers.
Irene Knight was a childhood girl friend of Wilko, who later became his wife at that teenage age.
The several years of peaceful and controversies free marriage in which they were, produced two children.
The two kids that Irene Knight shared with her husband are Matthew and Simon Johnson.
Irene Knight death. How did Simon Johnson mother die?
Irene Knight died in 2004 from cancer. She was survived by her husband, who is now deceased.
Wilko Johnson death? How did Simon Johnson father die?
He died on 21st November,2022 at the age of 75.
He died from the very disease that killed his wife.
The singer and guitarist who was rushed to hospital in 2012 over an unknown had cancer.
He was diagnosed of the disease in 2013 and the disease was said to be at its final stage.
His type of cancer was pancreatic cancer and he choose not to receive chemotherapy.
He reportedly died at home.