Muscle Shoals guitarist Jimmy Johnson dead at 76

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at FAME Studios in 1968: (l-r) David Hood, Jimmy Johnson and Junior Lowe (Image credit: House Of Fame LLC/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Jimmy Johnson, a guitarist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section who played on songs by everyone from Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at the age of 76.

His son, Jay Johnson, confirmed his father’s death in a Facebook post, writing, “He is gone. Playing music with the angels now.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.