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Subject: Earl Richard Johnson Jr., Keyboardist, singer, songwriter, performed with Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Beyoncé, others

Dead at 51
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Date Posted: Monday, March 02, 04:53:58pm

b. Earl Richard Johnson Jr., 2nd May 1968, York, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

d. 3rd February 2020, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

The keyboardist, singer and songwriter, Earl Richard Johnson Jr., has died. He was 51.

Earl passed away on the 3rd of February 2020 at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, from complications of heart bypass surgery.

During his career, Earl had collaborated and toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Gerald Albright, Gladys Knight, Beyoncé, Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Jeffrey Osborne, R. Kelly, The Sounds of Blackness, and Wynton Marsalis.

Born in York in 1968, he was a 1986 graduate of William Penn Senior High School. He attended Penn State University from 1986 to 1988 and played for the football team.

In 1988, he transferred to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and graduated in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in songwriting for the big screen.

He went on to tour with Brian McKnight and Walter Beasley, playing keyboard and singing backgrounds.

Earl penned several scores for films and television projects and performed at the 80th birthday celebration for Nelson Mandela.

He also performed for President Barack Obama's campaign team, who invited him to play solo piano at a fundraising event for the president.

Earl released his debut CD entitled, ‘Juicy’, in 2009.


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