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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. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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yeah, I found a clip of a show that the Brothers were on and that dude can really play that bass guitar, also found up to date video and he can still play YOU FIND IT YOU'LL GET A THRILL
Love these guys! Only the late great Mark Adams of Slave could compare to Louis "Thunder Thumbs" Johnson on the bass guitar!
I meant QT, Quentin Tarintino
Great song even before OT used it in Jackie Brown
Louis Johnson! Awesome slap bassist. I loved this album!
soul
1979 was 18 yrs old and this jam got me in lot of trouble with mom playing it to loud!!!!!!!
WOW!! Memories
Never knew that this was originally from you
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop . This is so scary put this on at least 5songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
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mjthompson0
I can remember clear as day being nine years old listening to Strawberry Letter 23 thinking that when I got older the lyrics would make sense. LOL...They still don't.
this is serious music MC MYRON E.
socalaa
We used to jam this song out in Germany during the Cold War in a small club in GK. It brought all of us together regardless of race. Being Chicano myself-I used to groove and move to this stuff. I learned to dance it from my brothers....
Lousy album cover, though.
The Brother's Johnson! What an awesome Band! I use to think I was Louis Johnson on the Bass Guitar back in the day! Those were the Day's!!!
love them , this was the first album i ever bought
thunder thumbs&light n i n g licks
I was only 8yrs. old @ that time singing this song as if I knew what time it was. Those brothers was & still is awesome. Keeping it real from the 601.
amye45
I'm in ninth grade again!
allbusiness1 2 1
A one in a million great
still kicks great memories
This brings back memories with my three Bros , Strawberry flavor rolling paper.
If you are from the old school in L.A. you can remember partying at the Kappa House on Fri/Sat nites when they were the Johnson 3 plus 1 . The groove still feels good .....
Their very first jam... Boy was it ever. Luv it then, luv it now! Now sang BJ!
huester6
Jam Jam Jam
I love it!!!
This is what I'm talkin bout!
This one brings back so many childhood memories. Missing this music!!!!
afrokimono
All the great albums from my elementary school years - long live classic R&B.
Brothers Johnson...so many great party songs!
blaysn
Just the right amount of cowbell!
I just lost my mother at the age of 65 yrs 2 months ago I remember hanging around her listings to all these jams when I was a kid
Funky
THE BOMB!
Great times and memories from my childhood on Long Island, NY. Quality music always sounds fresh !
lori_neal0
I wonder if this song was about an acid trip, cuz the lyrics don't make sense. Unless you're on an acid trip. Love it though!
Remember this as a child. still sounds good!
this brings back memories for me strawberry letter
Sounds like Sly..
bobbyconrad
I love it too!
I love this record...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
My grandfather last name is Johnson and these guys were alright with the family because of the last name and of course the "MUSIC". Good R&B . And Louis was a mobster on the bass. My favorite instrument. Bass players # 1 . Go Johnson Brothers.... * * * *
These brothers could play with the best of them.....
I think that is a good dance tune.I love George and his guitar! :)
there songs is good and funky
Gotta love Shuggie and his tunes.
mstinahll
Perfect music to end a LONG work day! :-)
Cool !
Brings back so many memories!
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