Friday, June 23, 2017

Brothers Johnson’s bassist Louis Johnson passed aged 60…

To many African people bass is the heart of music, and music has lost one of his most boiling ones with the sad passing of Louie E Johnson of the Brothers Johnson fame a few hours ago at the age of 60, as confirmed by his brother George on his Facebook wall…

“…Unfortunately……. Yes, I’m confirming my brother, the great Louie Johnson aka Thunder Thumbs, one of the innovators and influential bassist of our time, has passed. Please allow me more time for an update on information… Bless his soul. He will be missed. He’s resting in peace. “To my baby brother… You will always be with me!!!”

Louie JohnsonEqually known as ‘Thunder Thumbs’, a nickname that speaks for itself, Johnson is remembered as one of the best players of all time, among the ones who, along with Larry Graham, have introduced the slapping technique which would revolutionize Funk but also Jazz Fusion like Marcus Miller did on his own.
He got his signature sound from the StingRay, an electric bass guitar introduced by Music Man which Leo Fender especially designed for him back in 1976 to first use and promote, and from his slapping technique which is brilliantly explained in an article published a few months ago on Notreble.

Louie E. Johnson was best known as a member of The Brothers Johnson, and his session playing on many albums during the 70’s and the 80’s, beginning with the “best selling album of all time”, Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller’. Initially a fourtet called Johnson Three Plus One (comprising Louis, George, older brother Tommy and their cousin, Alex Weir), they started as a backing band for artists such as Bobby Womack and the Supremes. Louis and George soon after joining Billy Preston, before leaving his band in 1973.

1975 saw the two brothers joining Quincy Jones on his ‘Mellow Madness’ album, with the latter becoming their producer. A collaboration which would give birth to classics such as ‘I’ll Be Good to You’, ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ and ‘Stomp’ to name but a few. Louis on his side collaborating with luminaries such as Grover Washington, Jr. (‘Hydra’), George Duke (‘Thief In The Night’), Michael McDonald (‘I Keep Forgettin’), Stanley Clarke (‘Time Exposure’) to name but a few…

Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to his family and friends…

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