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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Strawberry Letter 23: The Very Best Of The Brothers Johnson

1. Is It Love That We're Missin' (feat. Quincy Jones)

2. I'll Be Good To You

3. Thunder Thubs And Lightnin' Licks

4. Get The Funk Out Ma Face

5. Free And Single

6. Tomorrow

7. Strawberry Letter 23

8. Runnin' For Your Lovin'

9. "Q"

10. Ain't We Funkin' Now

11. Ride-O-Rocket

12. Mista' Cool

13. Stomp!

14. Light Up The Night

15. Treasure

16. In The Way

17. The Real Thing

18. Welcome To The Club

19. Funk It (Funkalelala)

20. You Keep Me Coming Back

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Track List: Greatest Hits-The Brothers Johnson

1. Ain't We Funkin' Now

2. Strawberry Letter 23

3. Free and Single

4. Stomp

5. Runnin' For Your Lovin'

6. "Q"

7. Land of Ladies

8. Get The Funk Out Ma Face

9. I'll Be Good To You

10. Light Up The Night

11. You Keep Me Comin' Back

12. The Real Thing

13. Tokyo

14. Ride-O-Rocket

15. Funk It (Funkedelala)

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Track List: Light Up The Night

1. Stomp!

2. Light Up The Night

3. You Make Me Want To Wiggle

4. Treasure

5. This Had To Be

6. All About The Heaven

7. Smilin' On Ya

8. Closer To The One That You Love

9. Celebrations

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Track List: Blam

1. Ain't We Funkin' Now

2. So Won't You Stay

3. Blam!!

5. Ride-O-Rocket

6. Mista' Cool

7. IT'S YOU GIRL

8. STREET WAVE

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Track List: Right On Time

1. Runnin' For Your Lovin'

2. Free Yourself, Be Yourself

3. "Q"

4. Right On Time

5. Strawberry Letter 23

6. Brother Man

7. Never Leave You Lonely

8. Love Is

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Track List: Look Out For #1

1. I'll Be Good To You

2. Thunder Thumbs And Lightnin' Licks

3. Get The Funk Out Ma Face

4. Tomorrow

5. Free And Single

6. Come Together

7. Land Of Ladies

8. Dancin' and Prancin'

9. The Devil

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stevebanks54
A present from you, Strawberry letter 22, the music plays i sit in for a few. Love their music!
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craig.seiden b e r g
The best ever
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So sorry to hear about George. I was a big fan of their music.
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they certainly were fantastic and dynamic
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There are no Brothers like....thes e brothers.... . J O H N S O N ! ! ! ! ! . . . . . . .
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rudygallego7 0
Bow down when it comes to real. Louis one of best & Funkiest bass guitarist & George just always makes it always look way too too cool. Bad bad brotha's.
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Ain't nothing like the Barkays or some one ways. Mass production Firecracker. We'res those jams at.
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I love George Johnson on guitar!!!
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❤❤❤❤❤
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you don't have to call me Johnson !! just call me great funk gutter players with soul.
great dance song .... sprinkles with Johnson.
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cathyrobinso n 7 3 8
Its all about the funk rip lois heaven funkin now!!!
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stomp'
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jweekly95
Funk icons..
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Thanks for the good music.. "Johnson" brothers. Thanks again.
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The brothers Johnson,see you at unsung in 2016...yes rip Louis Johnson...
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Always has been and always will be one of the land mark songs from back in the day....God Bless the Johnson Family....
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RIP, Louis Johnson. One of the all greatest Funk Bands of our time and never forgotten!
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That band is hard . Were are they now. The great bass line.guitar flicks.The Q did a great job with them. Pace
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this was one of my favorite pause button mix jams...and if you have to ask then ya don't know.
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Funky look out for #1
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Wow! May peace be upon Mr. Johnson and family. My granddad had the same name and we use to say we were related to the "Brothers Johnson"! When M. Jordan hit the "Chi" - people tied Strawberry letter 23 to him. It brought back good memories .✈️���������
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I just found out he died. The radio and other media does not let us know about real music. I got there music for my high school graduation in 81. Rip Louis Johnson. Playing there music daily with other old school.
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R.I.P. LOUIS JOHNSON..... . G E T THA FUNK OUTTA MY FACE
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Love brothers Johnson.
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R.I.P Louis Johnson...
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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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209ricm
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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209ricm
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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