Joel Johnson, a Minnesota radio personality, died on Oct. 2 from a massive brain hemorrhage. He was 55.
Johnson was born and raised in Minneapolis. A rhythm guitarist, he moved to the city’s west bank in the 1960s and became the songwriter and band leader of the Joel Johnson Band. The group released three albums — “City Music,” “Turnin’ Heads” and “Blue Diamonds w/Grana’ Louise.” On Mondays and Tuesdays, Johnson hosted an acoustic set at Big Daddy’s BBQ in St. Paul.
For the past 20 years, Johnson has hosted the “Lazy Bill Lucas Show” on KFAI FM in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2003, City Pages named him the Best Radio Personality on the FM dial.