Photo courtesy of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
Johnnie Johnson (July 8, 1924-April 13, 2005) was born in Fairmont. On New Year's Eve 1952 Johnson hired rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry. Johnson soon became Berry's piano player and collaborated with Berry on many hits. Berry's hit "Johnny B. Goode" was written as a tribute to Johnson. In 2000, Johnson was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in the sidemen category. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Gallery: Famous West Virginians
Jun. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
West Virginia was once considered home for many famous faces. Here are some of the famous people with ties to West Virginia.