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Lloyd A. Johnson, owned East Side tavern featuring blues, jazz Aug. 14, 1934 -- Sept. 6, 2009

Lloyd A. Johnson, former owner of Lloyd's Lounge on Buffalo's East Side, died Sunday in his Buffalo home after a short illness. He was 75.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended Niagara Falls High School and served in the Army in the Korean War.

Returning from service, he was a production worker at the American Standard plant on Rano Street for several years, until he heard about a tavern that was for sale at Pratt and William streets.

"He knew a lot of people. He had a lot of friends," his brother, Charles E., said, "and he thought that might be a good venture. He had good crowds there for a long time and they had a little restaurant, too."

Lloyd's Lounge was known as a music venue, as well, featuring blues and jazz bands. It closed in 1989.

Surviving are five brothers, Charles E., Jerome, Derrick, James R. and John A; and his former wife, Shirley Morris.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Providence Memorial Chapel, 1225 Sycamore St.


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