Louis Johnson



When you think of the Swan Silverstones, the first thing that comes to mind is the smooth falsetto voice of the legendary Claude Jeters.  However, one of the most outstanding voices with the Swans was that of Louis Johnson.1


Louis Johnson, affectionately known as "Big Louis," was born on October 7, 1929, in Wagener, South Carolina.  He was born to sing God's praises.  He once sang with the Spiritualaires of Columbia, South Carolina.  Of course, he is most notably known for being a member of the world famous Swan Silverstones.


Big Louis recorded many songs with the Swans.  On the album cover of "I've Got Myself Together" it is noted that "Johnson's vibrant tenor has immense range and volume; his rhythmic command is impeccable."  With the release of  "What's The Matter Now," Johnson is described as "an all purpose lead" singer, with the ability to "croon, preach, chant, and when necessary, growl and rock with breathtaking vocal power."  He was also an accomplished arranger.  There is no doubt that he was one of the legends of gospel quartet genre. 


He died on Monday, December 28, 1992 at 3:05 A.M. 


1Much of this information was provided by the niece of Mr. Johnson, Charlene Johnson.  Ms. Johnson is a member of the Anointed Angels of Columbia.  The information was edited by Attorney Joseph L. Smalls, Jr.