Affiliation: Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Elvis Presely Enterprises
Walt Johnson is currently Frank Sinatra Jrs lead trumpet player and is based in Los Angeles where he does various studio recording dates. He is well known for his work with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Barry Manilow, Barbara Streisand, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, The Commodores, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester, Tower of Power, Lionel Hampton, Louis Bellson, Mel Torme, Vic Damone, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Helen Reddy, Engelbert Humperdink, Julio Iglesia, Tony Bennett, Tony Orlando, Dolly Parton, Joe Walsh, Kenny Rogers, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, Ann Margaret and others.
Platinum and Gold Album recognition came from work with Lionel Ritchie for All Night Long, from Elvis Presley for Elvis in Concert and from Barry Manilow for If I Should Love Again.
Mr. Johnson can be heard on the sound tracks for these and other major motion pictures: Aladdin, River Wild, Ace Ventura, Rocky, Planes-Trains-Automobiles, Terms of Endearment, Star Trek, Star Wars, Close Encounters, 1941 and all of the Naked Gun pictures.
He is in demand for television work as well and has lent his fine musicianship to these shows: The Academy Awards, Dallas, Knots Landing, Dynasty, Hotel, The A Team, Magnum P.I., Happy Days, Lavern and Shirley, Star Trek, McGyver, T.J. Hooker, Great American Hero, Marbelhead Manor, Perfect Strangers, Coach, Brothers, Homefront, Full House, Family Matters, Step My Step, Roseanne, Dear John and Golden Girls.
Walts career started in 1966 when, at the age of 19, he played lead trumpet for Si Zentners Band. After a year on the road, he was drafted into the army, where he played principal trumpet in the 52nd Army Band at Fort Ord. Then Walt did a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was required to engage in combat as well as maintain a trumpet military occupation.
Upon discharge, Walt began working in Las Vegas. At the age of 23 he took the position of lead trumpet for the Haig relief band. The musicians in this high quality orchestra were required to site read a new show each night!
While in Vegas he was approached by the Elvis Presley organization to be Elvis personal lead trumpeter. This was a prestigious position which he enjoyed until Elvis death in August of 1977. In between Elvis concert tours he was asked to take the place of the late Bill Chase on the new Chase band. He recorded a fourth Chase album.
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