Born in San Diego, California in 1945, at the age of twenty-three, Arthur Johnson moved to Hollywood where he spent the next twenty-one years as a studio musician, composer for films and records and touring musician to the stars.
His guitar playing graced the studio and stage with such diverse personalities as Lena Horne, Tim Buckley, Clarence White, Papa John Creach, Allan Horldsworth, Barbra Streisand, Mark O’Connor, Eartha Kitt, Willie Bobo, Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton, and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few.
He has performed in various jazz clubs around the world as well as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo, the New York Opera House and various music festivals.
As a composer, musician and arranger, Art Johnson contributed considerably to Robert Altman’s movies, “Nashville” and “Welcome to L.A.”, as well as several TV series including “The Bionic Woman”. He has participated in MTV and TNN music videos. Arthur Johnson is an Academy Award winning participant for music and has been nominated several times for Grammy Awards.
Arthur Johnson is a Library of Congress published poet and lecturer. From 1986 to 1988, he was a resident lecturer at the “Philosophical Research Society” maintained by its founder Manly P. Hall. He delivered over fifty lectures at that time, comparing European and American cultures.
In 1983, he was elected to the board of the United Nations Los Angeles Chapter, serving for one term. In 1990, Art returned to San Diego to accept a position as Professor of Music at San Diego State University, as well as a position with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
In 2002, he moved to Monaco with his wife Patricia where he still resides along with residences in Nice and Montréal, Canada. He continues to perform and teach and has currently finished an autobiography entitled “Memoirs of a Sideman” and a novel, “The Devil’s Violin”.