Greg Johnson Profile

aka The Greg Johnson Set, This Boy Rob
John Dix
5 Jan 2014

Greg Johnson was born in Auckland on January 7, 1968. Music appealed early and he quickly became proficient on recorder, piano and trumpet.

Despite this, he says, “I never really enjoyed being taught much, I just liked doing my own thing. I have no particular taste whatsoever – if it sounds good, I like it, doesn’t matter whether it’s cool or fashionable.”

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The Greg Johnson Set at The Siren, 1989 - Nathan Haines, Greg Johnson, Trevor Reekie
Photo credit: Photo by Brigid Grigg-Eyley
Greg Johnson, Ted Brown and Wayne Bell rehearsing with the APO, 2006
A live radio concert, Kentucky 2005
The Greg Johnson Set, 1995 - Trevor Reekie, Greg Johnson, Johnny Fleury, Chris McKelvie, Scott Rogers
Don't Be The One
Greg Johnson, 1992
Greg in the mid 1990s
Greg Johnson at Bar Bodega in 2004
The Greg Johnson Set in 1989/90, taken in McKelvie Street, Auckland. From left: Nigel Russell, Trevor Reekie, Greg Johnson, Joost Langeveld and Willis Beckett
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Compulsory Allies, circa 1983/4. Greg Johnson in the centre, with drummer Paul Casserly, later of the Strawpeople and now a writer and director, on the right. To Greg's right is Joost Langeveld.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Greg Johnson Band at Molly's in LA, 2003
Looking Out On Monday
Greg Johnson is awarded the 1997 APRA Silver Scroll, for 'Liberty' by the 1967 winner, Roger Skinner. Roger won for 'Let's Think of Something', as performed by Larry's Rebels.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Pagan Records publicity shot from July 1995
Pagan Records publicity shot from July 1995
My Ship Is Sitting Low
Now The Sun Is Out
Diatribe, with Greg Johnson in the top centre and Fiona McDonald at the top left. Taken at the old Auckland railway yards, 1986.
Sold out in Boston, 2004
Don't Wait Another Day
Comet Song
I Got Opinions
Greg at Matakana, 2012
Bluespeak at Cause Celebre, mid 1990s
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Greg Johnson, right, with legendary memoirist Pamela Des Barres and US singer-songwriter Mike Stinson; Los Angeles, July 2019.
Greg Johnson, 1988
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Hibiscus Song
Greg in the studio in LA with Ted Brown (centre) and producer Clark Stiles (left), 2004
Compulsory Allies - Greg Johnson, Paul Casserly, Mark Hatherley, Joost Langeveld
Photo credit: Courtesy of Dom Nola
If I Swagger
Bluespeak - l to r: Greg Johnson, Peter Scott, Chris Watts, Paul Hewitt, Tom Ludvigson. Taken at Cause Celebre in Auckland's Hight Street, the band had a popular Thursday night residency in the venue for three years in the mid 1990s.
Backstage at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, 2005. L to R: Ted Brown, Mark Hughes, Wayne Bell, Greg Johnson
It's Been So Long
Greg Johnson outside Hotel Cafe. Greg played extensively here between 2003 and 2006.
Seven Day Cure EPK
Interview with Greg Johnson, 4 May 1995. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
Handles Of Pearl, Live with the Auckland Philharmonia
Greg Johnson 1995
Greg Johnson
Photo credit: Photo by Tom Davidson
Pagan drops Greg ... 
Photo credit: Trevor Reekie collection
Greg Johnson, Ted Brown and Wayne Bell doing radio in Boston
Kiss Me
Save Yourself
The Greg Johnson Set - l to r: Johnny Fleury, Scott Rogers, Nigel Russell (rear), Greg Johnson (front), Trevor Reekie (rear), Chris McKelvie
Greg Johnson in California, mid 2000s
Greg Johnson
Ted Brown and Greg Johnson, Auckland 2002



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