Born in Birmingham on June 10th 1947, Johnny has been playing music since
about 10 years old. He started playing piano in social clubs during the late
sixties. This also involved playing for cabaret artists, usually along with a
drummer. At this time he also became Organist and Choirmaster at a local
church, playing regularly for services on a Two Manual Pipe Organ, over
a number of years. He played other pipe organs from time to time.
Most social clubs were buying Electronic Organs and Johnny became
hooked on Hammond Organs. Taking engagements at many venues, he
had the opportunity and privilege to play and gain experience on a wide
range of makes and models.These included:- Hammond, Wurlitzer, Lowrey,
Baldwin, Conn, Technics, Yamaha etc. He also gave tuition.
"Although I liked organs such as the Hammond C3 and the large
"Concert" models such as the Concorde, I was particularly fond
of the Hammond T. In 1970 I bought a T200 to have at home and
still have it to this day.
I have fond memories of playing during visits to family in the U.S.A
in the seventies and early eighties. I had the opportunity to see and
play models that had not yet been seen in the U.K. It also gave me
the chance to play music with my Uncle Jim, who was a very talented
guitarist and a big inspiration to me."
Leonida and Johnny were married on Sunday November 10th at the
Church of "the Immaculate Conception", Marbella, Spain, where Nida
had been living and working for about eight years.
Since they returned to England, Johnny played mainly for dancing,
over a number of years using a Yamaha EL25 Organ and producing
his first C.D.recording.
"Nida gave me tremendous support and in 1999 she persuaded me
to buy a single keyboard, the Yamaha PSR8000, together with a
Roland PK5 Pedalboard. This worked out very well and I produced
another C.D. called "Dance With Me Vol 2" featuring this keyboard.
This recording is still available also.
We moved on to the Yamaha Tyros 1 and then Tyros 4, still with a
PK5 Pedalboard. The sound system consisted of a Stage Monitor
and a pair of JBL 515 Speakers. They gave a nice sound from the
Tyros and were good for vocals too."
This was my first picture of Nida and was taken by a
professional photographer in Spain before we were married.
It was taken for the award that she won as "Woman of the Month"
for August 1984 in Marbella. I carried this picture around with me
all the time, I loved it so much.
This was one of my first pictures of Nida and I took this in
May 1985 at Gibraltar.
This picture was taken in Marbella not long after we were married
Sadly, at 3am on Monday 25th June 2012, after a long battle with
cancer, my dear wife Nida passed away peacefully with me, at home.
After more than 27 years of happy marriage,this was
heartbreaking for me and for a while I didn't feel like doing
much of anything. However, after a few months, friends persuaded
me to play again and I started to take on a few engagements.
Everyone said that Nida would have wanted me to carry on.
Nida was laid to rest at Streetly Cemetery in July 2012.
The above picture shows her Memorial.
The picture below shows the entry in the "Book of Remembrance".
A few months after I started playing again I was contacted by the
Local Methodist Church here at Shelfield and asked if I would play
for the Sunday Morning Services on their Pipe Organ. It's a nice
instrument and the folks are very friendly, so I am enjoying playing
music in Church again. The above picture shows "yours truely" with
the Organ Console at Shelfield Methodist Church.
Here is another picture taken inside Shelfield Methodist Church.
The above picture was taken at Wenlock Edge in Shropshire
It shows a lovely lady named Jean who has now come into my life.
She had sadly, lost her husband Ramon about ten years ago. He was a
real gentleman and a fine singer. He had sung Tenor in several choirs.
He also sang "Barber Shop".
Jean was also into music and dancing. including tap dance.
She loves to sing. Over the years she has given freely of her talent
to help raise money for charity. This included stage shows and singing
in choirs, including singing at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
Jean and I first met when I was fifteen years old and went to work
as an apprentice at the printing company where she worked.
Both my dear wife Nida and I and Jean and Ramon were good
friends and had a lot of respect for eachother and we used to
Jean and I now spend a lot of time with eachother, going out with me
socially and also accompany me on music engagements.
Jean now attends the church where I play on Sunday Mornings.
I think she really likes singing the Hymns too.
So when we went to London in 2016 and Simon Cowell asked
me about our relationship, my answer was
"Watch This Space".
At the moment that still is my answer ! ! !
Please also refer to the Britain's Got Talent Page.
At the moment, you can view part of my Britain's Got Talent
Audition by searching for Johnny Boonham on You Tube. There,
you will also see my lovely friend Jean, along with that fantastic
audience at The Dominion Theatre, London, Cheering me on!
Music and good friends have kept me going. I have played at some
really nice venues and met some wonderful people and hope to
continue as long as I am able and needed.
The above picture was taken by Jean on 21st April 2015
at Lea Hall Allotments Club, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham,
where I was engaged to play music on the evening of the
St. George's Day Dance