Pioneering house producer Paul Johnson has died, aged 50


Legendary DJ and producer Paul Johnson’s passed away last night, aged 50. 

Johnson contracted Covid-19 and was moved to intensive care in July in Illinois, where he shared updates on his health via his Instagram page.

A statement on his Facebook read: “Our greatness passed away this morning at 9am the house music legend we all know as PJ aka PAUL JOHNSON has passed away in this day of AUGUST 4th 2021. Rest In Heaven Paul.”

Chicago born and raised, Johnson was a pioneering figure in house music who rose to worldwide notoriety with his track ‘Get Get Down’ in 1999, which topped the dance charts in the USA and Canada, and reached the top 10 singles charts in the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Greece.

He released over 100 albums, EPs and singles across trailblazing labels like Peacefrog, Dance Mania, Cajual and Relief Records.

Johnson, who used a wheelchair, was paralysed from the waist down after being injured in a shooting in 1987. He had his first leg amputated in 2003 and lost his second in a vehicle accident in 2010.