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The Brothers Johnson

Guitarist/vocalist George Johnson and bassist/vocalist Louis Johnson formed the band Johnson Three Plus One with older brother Tommy and their cousin Alex Weir while attending school in Los Angeles. When they became professionals, the band backed such touring R&B acts as Bobby Womack and the Supremes. George and Louis Johnson later joined Billy Preston's band, and wrote "Music in My Life" and "The Kids and Me" for him before leaving his group in 1973.

Quincy Jones hired them to play on his LP Mellow Madness, and recorded four of their songs, including "Is It Love That We're Missing?" and "Just a Taste of Me." Jones took them on a Japanese tour, then produced their debut LP, Look Out for Number 1, after they signed with A&M, which was also his label at the time (1976). They scored a number one R&B and number three pop hit with "I'll Be Good to You," and enjoyed R&B chart-toppers in 1977 and 1980 respectively with "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Stomp!," while sustaining a consistent hit presence via such songs as "Get the Funk Out Ma Face" and "Runnin' for Your Lovin." Jones remade "I'll Be Good to You" in 1989 with Ray Charles and Chaka Khan on his Back on the Block release.

The Brothers earned platinum records for Look Out for Number 1 and Right on Time. Jones produced both of these, along with their third and fourth LPs, Blam and Light Up the Night. The group produced its single "The Real Thing" in 1981. It reached number 11 on the R&B charts, and the Brothers had another hit with "Welcome to the Club" in 1982. They started doing separate ventures; Louis Johnson played bass on Michael Jackson's Thriller LP and recorded a gospel album, while George Johnson worked with Steve Arrington. Leon Sylvers produced their mid-'80s return LP Out of Control; it didn't equal their past success, but got them another R&B hit with "You Keep Coming Back" in 1984. They recorded Kickin' in 1988, and co-wrote "Tomorrow" with Siedah Garrett for Jones' Back on the Block in 1989. Louis Johnson died at his home in Las Vegas in May 2015 at the age of 60. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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Louis baddest BASS PLAYERS. He's R.I.P. he's the baddest BASS PLAYERS in GOD'S HOUSE.
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Very sad to hear of the passing of Louis Johnson. He was a very talented man & I was privileged to have seen back in the day. R.I.P. my friend.
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These guys provide a groove that make head bobbing involuntary
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Rip Louis one of best bass players in his time brothers Johnson was the band back in the day!!!
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oldschoolfan 4 l i f e
RIP Louis Johnson....b e e n playing your music ALL weekend long!
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One of my first concerts the Brothers Johnson were one of the acts their performance was awesome!!!!! Their music and talent is timeless.... . R . I . P . Louis Johnson he will be greatly missed.
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I had the privilege of meeting the brothers Johnson in 2001 at the Decatur celebration. . . . Took pictures with them
...both real cool and smooth just like their music... Been a fan for over 30 years....Lou i s Johnson is the reason I started playing the bass guitar...
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I was born in "75" but I've always loved the rhythm and style of the 70's
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Love this song
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Miss my party days.
Take me back to 1975
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Let us take it to the top and stomp it all night.
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Everybody take it to the top!!!!!!
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Sound Good to me !!!
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Brings back my army days wow time flys 101stairborn r e
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Get the funk out ma face. .
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Bad jam memories
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I love ALL the music
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Old School RULES!
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Ain't we Funky Now? - Yes brothers you are funky now and you will always be funky! Love it!
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my sister just did her dance/flag solo off this song and got superior and she's going to state....Can ' t go wrong with old school������
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It's not 23 it's 22
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Play it, play it,play it!!!
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There's a reason
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Love it ��
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lavernehubba r d
Back in the day we jammed to this all night.
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This was the real music of my like in the 70's & 80's!!!
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fajefferson1
Such good memories!!! Why can't music be like this again???
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Another reminder of Old School !!!! Sounds Good to me!!!
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A smooth classic can't be touched.
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Have good. Day baby LOVE You ....don't wake up everybody. ..
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Bring back good memories
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Aw s**t happy b day to my otha bdaddy sagittarius love foreal love yall rip keefy love u baby daddy love u lil bro rip its my b day ......
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This is real music!!
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Had a major crush on these men growing up! Would love to see them at an ole school concert!
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ppjr16
Back to my high school prom days. :-)
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Strawberry letter 23, yes
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Love this song. Always
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OK skool 4 Lyfe! Luv It!
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pjohnson43
It takes me back to when I was 17, such good memories!!
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Lived these brothers back in the day!
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This was a 4th of July staple in my household back in the day
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Remind me of coolin with my uncle Ralph in his new grand Prix!
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Ol school ooohh yess
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Wow listening to the song Q by them, the Brothers Johnson, baddest on the guitar, wish they did a collaboratio n with Bootsy
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Wow way back so many memories!!
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The Brothers Johnsons need we say more. 1975/76 cooper
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One of ma all time fav groups, used to be in love with da Brothers! Strawberry 23 is ma ringtone!
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warren.clark 1 9 6 0
Siting bacteria n the game with yr boys Putin them thang n the air. Still got it on wax
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George and Louis were the best they just couldn't get along.I kept holding on to hope that they would find one another again for our musical sakes,but it never happened.
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hotbutterboo g i e 5
I thought one of the brothers passed away?
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