Johnny Roadhouse R.I.P. 1921 - 2009.
Sorry if photo belongs to someone... thought I'd start the Johnny Snr tributes on this site.
Two-fold Johnny was an important musician in Mancheseter's history, having led various dance orchestras and TV orchestras, and played in the Halle. Then, of course, there was his much loved shop
on Oxford Rd.
Since the late '50s its served as a hub for local musicians, visiting musicians, as a teaching centre, and, I think, as an early recording studio (can anyone confirm this?).
Speaking on behalf of Manchester's Acid House community, the fact that Johnny's shop was flogging "old "synth technology in 1987-88 at knock-down prices was an important link in the story. A Guy Called Gerald named a track after him and 808 State name checked him on various albums... a link between one Madchester dance era and the other.
Auto biography 'Sax of Gold" is a good portrait of a well-loved Manchester Legend.
Artefact added : 14th April 2009