Dink Johnson

born: 28 October 1892
New Orleans, Louisiana,
United States of America
died: 29 November 1954
Portland, Oregon,
United States of America
(result of injuries from January 1954 beating, age 62)

Black American Dixieland jazz musician, a contemporary of Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. He played piano, clarinet, and drums.
The 1900 Census gives his birth date as January 1892; his WWI draft reg. card gives birth date as 05 April 1892. Some records and sources suggest he was born in Alabama, USA or Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
Real name: Ollie Johnson (or Adams?)
Height: 5'11"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Lonesome Luke On Tin Can Alley
Jazz musician

Acknowledgements & sources:
The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M965-M46 (1900 Census)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MP86-XJ8 (1910 Census)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZVF-CTR (WWI draft reg. card)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8J4-QL3 (1932 marriage)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9DG-CYZ (1940 Census)
Dink Johnson, "U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942" (Ancestry.com)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WMTZ-4XMM (1954 voter reg.)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZHY-D9L (OR Death Index)
Dink Johnson, "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007" (Ancestry.com)
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93431892 (Find a Grave)
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/80755568/ (Statesman Journal [Salem, OR], 02 Dec 1954)
http://www.doctorjazz.co.uk/genealogy.html#anifam ('Jelly Roll Morton: An Essay in Genealogy,' Peter Hanley)
https://archive.org/details/la_caleagle_reel3/page/n329/mode/1up?view=theater (California Eagle, 30 Nov 1918)
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/dink-johnson-mn0001644455/biography (AllMusic)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dink_Johnson (Wikipedia)
https://delmark.com/product/646/ ('Mr. Johnson Signing Off' - Delmark Records; photo source)
Jesse Brisson (research and information)
Jim Jarvis (height)

This page was last updated on: 17 October 2021