The front of an organic grocery store, near the checkouts amid the sandals and the free-range chickens, isn't thousands of screaming fans in Japan. Or tens of thousands of fans in England, where his records are gold records, meaning a half-million copies sold.
"The queen wants him to stay, they love him so much," joked Englishman Alf Ward, his bandmate.
Yet near the end of each of the three hour-long sessions at the Earth Fare grocery store opening this past week, 4 foot, 8 inch guitar legend Johnny "Boggie" King felt tired.
But playing his guitar, that nameless female guitar that only makes magic if you treat her right, playing live in his hometown of Rock Hill at age 68, just a few months after getting beaten in a robbery so badly that he didn't know if he would live, Boggie let out a trademark hepcat slogan he probably coined himself: "Man, that's all right. More than all right for an old man."
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More than all right for this coolest of all cool cats. He went to work one February day at his electronics repair shop on Main Street and wound up tied up and beaten. People found out through this newspaper and donated money, prayers and good thoughts for a man who, without any doubt, has made his city a better place in his lifetime.
As he played at the store and after he played, so many people came up and talked to Boggie.
"I'm praying for you," I heard at least a dozen times.
"Looking good," a few others said.
"Glad you are back," said so many.
"Strangers, old customers, people I know and people I don't, at the post office and on the street and every place in between, they want to ask me about how I am doing," Boggie said. "Wonderful that people would care."
Of course they care, Boggie. You are a part of them.
Boggie has played a few short gigs with Bobby Plair's band in recent weeks and, along with the grocery store, that's the extent of his public playing so far. But it reminds people of greatness shared.
A Rock Hill city cop at the store commented how he had known Boggie and the music since he was a child. A customer said she had danced to Boggie's music "probably 50 years ago, but if I tell you that and my name, then everybody will know how old I am."
But that is Boggie. Guitar legend for gospel and blues and funk bands, touring every so often, with one set for England until the beating. The man police say assaulted Boggie has yet to go to trial.
Boggie lost business when he was beaten. He fixes the video game players and big amplifiers that young people have in cars that shake foundations. One afternoon this week, a guy came in with a car radio that might mean a few dollars when Boggie can fix it. But he lost weeks, months of work to the beating.
"How I pay the bills," Boggie said of his work.
But those bills mount.
And other visitors to the shop don't bring business, they either just want to shoot the breeze or get Boggie to help them in the music business. Two young guys hoping to crack stardom came in Thursday after Boggie's grocery store gig.
Boggie offered advice about music, like he always does. The guys left.
Boggie continued to repair an amplifier, basically with one eye. Like he has played his guitar, almost with one eye, the few times since he got out of the hospital. He had plastic surgery and eye surgery and often wears a patch over that left eye that was smashed in the beating. He heads to a Charlotte operating room for another surgery Monday.
After that, Boggie said he's going to write a new song.
"Called 'Does Jesus Ever Take a Break?'" Boggie said. "I know Jesus didn't take a break on that day here I got beat up. He was right here with me. Look at how people have acted since. Am I not blessed?"