I wrote a post previously about Bob Johnston. Bob was featured on an album titled "Inside Out" that was recorded at a maximum security prison in Alberta where Bob was incarcerated. The album featured many different musicians but Bob's song resonated with me so I uploaded it. I suggest heading to my previous post here to listen to his song from the LP. You will see from the comments on that post that Bob's brother Brian had found my site and was happy to see that I had uploaded his song. The sad part was that his brother had passed away a few years back. I sent him my copy of the album and in return he sent me 3 songs that Bob had recorded. The "Jeckyll & Hyde" track uploaded below is just a rough recording of the one he did on the "Inside Out" album.
I thank Brian for allowing me to have these songs to share with the world. Below here is a synopsis of the recordings that Brian had sent me to accompany the songs.
I thought I'd write a little synopsis on these songs for you, to the best of my ability.
All songs are original compositions by Robert Wayne Johnston. (I sound like his manager LOL)
"Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde" is probably the song that best describes Bob's life as he saw it & I can empathize with a lot. I have written a song & have a rough demo myself called "Lonely As Can Be," which is a lot like this one - very autobiographic, painfully honest & personal. On the "Inside Out" version of this song, the original key of Em was transposed much higher & as you could hear on the record, Bob is trying hard to sing it without wrecking his throat!!! lol
"Canadian Tires" was one of Bob's last songs he wrote & it kind of became a hit in the area of town he lived in here in Winnipeg, called Osborne Village. There are a lot of lesbian/gay/bi/transgendered people in this area (I live here currently & yes, I am gay BTW) & in the original lyrics, when he was busking it, a lot of people liked the line which originally was "blow your tranny" lol. It was unintended as a pun by Bob for a transsexual, for he was thinking of "transmission" lol. Because of this pun though, it caught on & he made a few extra bucks busking because of it....
"Nobody Better" is a song I remember when Bob & I first had met. He had written it for his first wife Candace (Candy was her preferred name). We had been apart because our parents were alcoholics & Bob was raised by foster parents. We met each other previously in the seventies, but in 1986 when I had turned 18, we did some very funny recordings of his songs back then, which I played on, mixed, engineered & mastered on basic cassette 4-track, but unfortunately, they have been lost forever, except in my memory. One of the songs we initially ran through was this one, which is virtually the same interpretation as he did it then.
All songs feature Bob on guitars & vocals with occasional harmonica.
On "Nobody Better," he had busked with a friend of his who played violin on this track & on one other which I will send you later on. I can't recall his name, I'm afraid.
Hope you will enjoy these finals recordings of "Bobby" & thanks again for everything you've done to keep his memory alive...
Brian James Corey Johnston.