Born blind in Wilmington, Delaware, Johnny Neel cut his first single at the age of twelve in 1966, as “Johnny Neel and The Shapes Of Soul“.
As an adult, Johnny performed with various bands in area clubs, drawing the attention of former Nashville resident Dickey Betts, who asked Neel to join his road band. That relationship led to seven cuts on the “Pattern Disruptive” LP including the Top 10 AOR hit, “Rock Bottom.” Gregg Allman then asked Neel to tour with his road band.
In 1990, Neel was asked to join the reunited Allman Brothers Band, immersing himself in a successful tour, co-writing the number one hit, “Good Clean Fun,” with Allman and Betts. This chart topping hit provided the reunited Allmans with their highest charting single since “Ramblin’ Man” fifteen years prior. In 2012, Johnny received the Grammy’s “Life Time Achievement Award” for his work with the Allman Brothers.