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Produced in Memphis with the Hi house band, these yielded music of power and enduring value, including the hits We Did It, Back for a Taste of Your Love and Take Me to the River, his biggest success, reaching Number 7 on the R&B charts in 1975.However, at Hi Johnson was always to some extent in Al Green’s shadow commercially, if not artistically. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal Records (2), a subsidiary of King Records (3) of Cincinnati, backed by Freddie King on guitar. American funk/soul/blues singer and music producer. Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee Jay Records in 1959.
“SYL” marked the band's first appearance on the Billboard charts with a short but sweet assault of technical industrial tracks, led by now legendary artist Devin Townsend.In 1992, Johnson found out that his song "Different Strokes" had been sampled by several rappers, including Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Kool G Rap, Hammer, and the Geto Boys.This stimulated his interest in making comeback in the music industry. Beginning with his first hit, Come On Sock It to Me in 1967, Johnson dominated the label as both a hitmaker and producer.
He then began recording for Twinight Records of Chicago in the mid 1960s.After his years with Hi ended, Johnson produced two LPs for his own Shama label, the second of which (Ms.