May 30, 2015 – 5:22 am

LOUIS JOHNSON R.I.P. 1955-2015

Louis Johnson, best known for his group, The Brothers Johnson, passed away on May 21, 2015. He was 60. Cause of death has not been reported. In the early ’70s, Louis and his brother George wrote more than 250 songs of their own while they were on the road with BIlly Preston, and then quit in 1973 to form their own group, the Brothers Johnson. Success came shortly after the Brothers were taken up by producer Quincy Jones, who became their manager, mentor and collaborator on several key recordings. The most enduring hit for the Brothers, who were much admired for their flamboyance and musicianship on stage, was Stomp!, from their fourth album, Light Up the Night, which was released in 1980. Tensions between the two led to a split in 1982, by which time Louis’s association with Quincy Jones had already led to collaborations with Michael Jackson, for whom Jones was producer. Louis was noted for his ripping slap technique and he has also been called the “grandfather of slap”. His bassline contributions to the Off The Wall album (1979) helped propel Jackson to superstardom, and his parts on Thriller (1982) laid down the exciting foundations for what became the biggest-selling LP of all time. In 1985 he played on the We Are the World single. -

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Landover 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Capitol Centre, Landover, MD; Septermber 4, 1978. Very good soundboard (?) stereo (ripped from DVD).

Have a funky good time y’all!

Thanks to matthughen for sharing the show at Dime.

Picture by Richard E Aaron, posted at - Thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Rocket Countdown/Blastoff 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 02. Ride-O-Rocket 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 03. Dancin’ and Prancin’/I’ll Be Good To You 6:22 (10.7MB)
Track 04. Bass Solo/Land Of Ladies/George Solo 7:03 (11.8MB)
Track 05. Ain’t We Funkin’ Now 6:00 (10.1MB)
Track 06. Mista’ Cool/Runnin For Your Lovin’ 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 07. Is It Love/Tomorrow/Free and Single 6:22 (10.7MB)
Track 08. So Won’t You Stay 4:40 (7.8MB)
Track 09. Strawberry Letter 23/Right On Time 9:32 (16.0MB)
Track 10. Bass Solo 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 11. Get The Funk Out Ma Face 5:56 (10.0MB)
66 mins

George Johnson - guitar
Louis Johnson - bass
Alex Weir - guitar
Richard Heath - percussion
Richard Diamond - drums
Wayne Vaughn (?) - keyboards
Bobby Bryant - saxophone
Bobby Rodriguez - trumpet
Kenny Pickins - trompbone
Joe Perez - baritone saxophone

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  2. Do you have access to any of their live recordings which may include their biggest hit, “STOMP”?

    That is an awesome song which has clearly stood the test of time

    By The Russian Assassin on May 30, 2015

  3. russian assassin here is one from midnight special

    By sluggo on May 30, 2015

  4. Thanks a lot for this and the Circle/Mwandishi material.

    60 is no great age and Louis was a monster. RIP.

    By Reimer on Jun 3, 2015

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