Global - He is one of the central figures in the history of the steelpan instrument and art form. He was a legendary performer, musician, innovator and leader in the Golden age of Pan. In addition, he is a founding member of the champion North Stars Steel Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago, BWIA Sun Jets / West Side Symphony, and the Johnston Fantastic Symphony Steel Orchestra of North America.
In a relatively short time, he experienced extraordinary success within the steelpan art form. When Steel Talks (WST) spotlights Herman Johnston as we revisit his 1985 interview with academic, journalist, historian, and cultural and music standout Doris Green.
Herman "Rock" Johnson, A Pan-man Legend that left before his time,
Yeah, I thought so too.
Lawford Duprez and James Martinez it is up to you all to make the correction/ addition to his bio.
So Patrick Ramdoo, you also knew Jeffrey Pierre "Jeffers", he use to play with Rock and the Bwia Sunjets and used to live in Brooklyn?
Bede, we used to party by Jeffers back in the day. Patrick is from behind the police station.
Yeah Patrick Ramdoo, I was the one instrumental in getting Jeffers to play, I taught him his first tune, "I who have Nothing", nobody wanted to teach him to play and from there he move up, Years later I came to America and went to NY and found out that Jeffers was Teaching Pan Music in School, lol
I saw a lot of Rock backstage at Queen's Hall during the 1962 Music Festival when I had the good fortune to be playing with Metronomes (Romance) when we competed with North Stars (Voices of Spring). You can read more: http://www.bestoftrinidad.com/steelband/johnston.html