August 11, 1873, Jacksonville, Florida.
November 11, 1954, New York City.
Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
Johnson attended Atlanta University and the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. He and his brother James belonged to the song writing team of [Bob] Cole and Johnson Brothers, writing over 200 songs. He also edited a number of collections of African-American music.