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Beach music icon General Johnson dead

Oct 14, 2010 3:06:00 PM - thestate.com
General Norman Johnson, lead singer of the popular beach music trio Chairmen of the Board, died Wednesday. He was 67.

"It saddens me to announce the passing of our friend and hero General Johnson," wrote singer Ken Knox, a member of the band, on their Facebook page. "He held a special place in his heart for each and everyone of you. His music will live on."

It was unclear how Johnson died; however the band left public updates on Johnson's knee surgery back in August.

The group was founded in Detroit in 1970, but its members moved south in the early '80s, Knox said Thursday. Johnson settled in Atlanta, but Knox came to Charlotte, which is the headquarters of the group's record label.

Johnson's voice rang out in "Just a Little More Time" and other hits. Johnson won a Grammy for the song "Patches," Knox said, and also received songwriter of the year honors.

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