RIP: Willie Connell Johnson, Quartet Legend, Father of D.A. Johnson of Malaco

Jackson, MS – Quartet Pioneer and father of D.A. Johnson (Executive Director, Gospel Division Malaco Music Group), Willie Connell Johnson passed on Thursday March 6, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family in Jamaica, NY.

Willie Connell Johnson, born in Sumter, SC, founder of The Mighty Brooklyn Skyways, a quartet that enjoyed such hits as, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Really Wants To Die),” “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,” and “Unbelievable Man,” all with Peacock Records. In the seventies, The Skyways recorded three albums with Savoy Records now wholly owned by the Malaco Music Group. Willie Johnson was honored when he was invited to participate in the historic recording of the 3 CD / 3 DVD Box Set of “Gospel Legends” released exclusively for television in 2005.

D.A. Johnson has brought the family legacy full circle by signing with Savoy / Malaco Records in 1999.   Please keep the entire Johnson family and friends in prayer.
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Date:     Friday March 14, 2014
Viewing: 5pm-7pm
Service:  7pm 
Venue:  Holy Nazarene Deliverance Ministry
              237 Ralph Ave.  Brooklyn, NY 11233
Funeral Home: James H. Willie Funeral Home Inc.
                           918 Gates Ave.  Brooklyn, NY 11221
                           (P) 718-875-1036
                           (F) 718-875-4082

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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