Tributes are pouring in on social media for Manchester-born singer Denise Johnson, who has died at the age of 56. The news of Johnson’s passing was announced on Twitter. The cause of death is not known yet.
Johnson made an indelible mark in music by way of her vocals on Primal Scream’s classic 1991 album, Screamadelica. She was the featured vocalist on the group’s breakthrough single “Come Together.”
Her body of work includes recording with A Certain Ration, Fifth of Heaven and The Joy as well as solo releases by New Order‘s Bernard Sumner and The Stone Roses’ Ian Brown.
Johnson began her career in gospel music and was later discovered by Frankie Beverly. She went on to perform with Maze during a tour of England in the late ’80s.
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Sad sad news today 💔
I have so many great memories of Denise from when we were young.
We just used to sing & laugh like naughty schoolgirls all the time.
A great loss to Manchester and music.
My condolences to her family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/ykNsjPMxmD
— Rowetta 🎤 (@Rowetta) July 27, 2020
I cant believe the news that Denise Johnson has passed -Her voice sews so many memories together in many contexts – but most of all she gave the best hugs -but you can hear that cant you ? xxxx pic.twitter.com/jHptOaLF6p
— 808 State (@state808) July 27, 2020
I truly felt this, still do.
Rest in peace Denise Johnson.
My most sincere condolences to her family and friends.https://t.co/JNxKPcGRLu
— erol alkan (@erolalkan) July 27, 2020
We are all devastated to hear the news that our old friend and all round beautiful person Denise Johnson has passed away. What a loss for the many people who loved her pic.twitter.com/XM2trsLCsV
— Doves (@dovesmusicblog) July 27, 2020
Shocked and devastated to hear of the passing of Denise Johnson. An absolutely beautiful lady. Rest In Peace Denise x
— stephen morris (@stephenpdmorris) July 27, 2020