Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Brothers Johnson - Right on Time, the Music Man Bass by Leo Fender

The Brothers Johnson - Right on Time.
The Brothers Johnson  - George and Louis, are extremely cool to me.  Louis is one of my favorite bass players.  I love to hear the recordings of Quincy Jones when he mentions how great and influential these guys were.  "Guitarist/vocalist George and bassist/vocalist Louis formed the band Johnson Three Plus One with older brother Tommy, and their cousin Alex Weir, while attending school in LA.  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. In 1976, The Brothers covered the Beatles' song, Hey Jude, for the ephemeral musical documentary All This and World War II.  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.  After touring with various artists like Bobby Womack and Billy Preston, they were hired by Quincy Jones for a tour in Japan and produced their debut album Look Out For #1, released in March 1976 (#9 U.S.) Their Right On Time album was released in May 1977 and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 200. Blam!! came out in August 1978 and reached number 7 on the Billboard 200.  This one is called Right on Time, and it has Strawberry Letter 23 on it.  Right On Time is the second album by the Los AngelesCalifornia-based duo Brothers Johnson. Released in 1977, the album peaked at number two on the R&B albums chart and number thirteen on the pop albums chart in the U.S. It includes the number-one R&B song, Strawberry Letter 23, and winner of a Grammy Award in 1978 for Best R&B Instrumental Performance, "Q".

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