1917 to 1970
February 8, 1899 in New Orleans
June 16, 1970
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (February 8, 1899 – June 16, 1970) was an American blues and jazz singer, guitarist, violinist and songwriter. He was a pioneer of jazz guitar and jazz violin and is recognized as the first to play an electrically amplified violin.