Denise Johnson (much loved Manchester and Primal Scream singer) RIP

Denise Johnson (much loved Manchester and Primal Scream singer) RIP

We are heartbroken to hear that the much loved Manchester singer, Denise Johnson has died. With her gospel roots and her stunning voice she was in much demand over the years singing for many Manchester bands and for Primal Scream. She had just finished recording her solo album.

Interview from 2018

Photo (c) Danny Bird


Her friend Sue Langford says…
The singer Denise Johnson has died suddenly at home in Manchester.
Denise had been ill in the week prior to her death but told friends she was “much better” on Friday. The cause of death is not yet known, although she was discovered, holding her inhaler, on Monday morning.
Best known for her work with Primal Scream on their 90s albums Screamadelica and Give Out But Don’t Give Up, Denise had sung with Manchester band A Certain Ratio for over 25 years, and provided guest vocals for New Order, Gay Dad, Electronic and Bernard Butler, to name a few. She would also want it recorded that she was a Manchester City supporter.
More recently, she’d been performing acoustic sets with guitarist Thomas Twemlow, featuring covers of great Mancunian songs by artists such as Cherry Ghost, 10CC and New Order. They opened their Bluedot 2019 set with The Carpenters ‘Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft’ – an appropriate choice for a gig in the shadows of Jodrell Bank’s Lovell Telescope. An album, titled Where Does It Go, is due out in September.
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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Devastated. I met her once, a very lovely person. She brightened up the whole room with her personality. And her voice proved there is a God,.

  2. Absolutely devastating news!! Talked to her regularly on social media and it was only the other day she wished me happy birthday. What an amazing talent and more importantly what a fantastic human being

  3. Utterly heartbroken and shocked to hear this. Denise recently sang on our Oceaneers debut album and enriched both it, as an album and us as human beings.
    Choirs of angels have a new lead singer tonight.
    Bless you, beautiful lady. Rest well. ❤️

  4. Such a warm, generous soul with an amazing voice, yet completely humble with it…a Mcr music legend left us way too soon…God bless Denise x

  5. I’m shocked and saddened. I received a tweet from her on Sunday after asking about her new album. She was a great singer and on some of my favourite albums. RIP xxx

  6. Rest in peace you wonderful, beautiful soul. Heartbroken Just feel so numb. An absolute diamond; one in a million. Thoughts go out to her family and close friends. My heart actually aches right now, tears streaming. Thank you for your kindness and love, Denise. What a legacy; my social media timelines are flooded with tributes

  7. Such sad news. Such a wonderful talent. “She would also want it recorded that she was a Manchester City supported.” Proper legend.

  8. A beautiful person and fabulous vocalist. Rest in Peace Denise. Your album will add to your legacy of pure talent.


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