R.I.P Louis Johnson

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Funk$tar, May 22, 2015.

  1. raal

    raal Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Minneapolis / St Paul
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is a great clip. I have never seen footage of the Brothers Johnson backing up Billy Preston. Louis sounded great for a 17 year old bassist in 1972 or 1973. I still say that I think Louis downplayed the degree that Larry Graham influenced him. Unless someone comes up with video of Louis Johnson slapping in 1968, I will never believe he completely came up with slapping without hearing Graham, especially after seeing a clip of him covering a Sly and the Family Stone song in 1972.
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  3. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
    Louis with Gospel Band "Passage" (nice solo at 3:08)


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  4. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    I've never seen this before - Louis with The Quincy Jones Big Band. Plays a rosewood neck Sabre for most of it, before busting out the Stingray at the end!

  5. kavision


    Jun 6, 2015
    Is it just me to think that Music Man Should have a bass named after the Late Louis Johnson?
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don't know, it's like being a vampire now that he is dead.
  7. T-MOST


    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    R.I.P Louis, You will be missed!
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  8. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    R.I.P. Louis.

    The Brothers J were a big influence me.

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  9. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    yes he was.
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Louis Johnson is on the cover of the 2015 Sept. Bass Player mag.
    In the article, liver disease is mentioned...his accountant figured something was wrong when a few days passed without hearing from him.
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Now we know, God rest his soul.
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  12. FlatwoundFunk


    Apr 16, 2015
    Atlanta, Ga
    Thanks for the update
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Hands5, the current issue of Bass Player states that Ray Brown did teach Louis Johnson how to play a walking bassline. LJ met Brown through Quincy Jones.
  14. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    I agree. I think any aspiring bassist especially one who was in their teenage years in the 70s had to be influenced by Graham whether they realize it or not....
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  15. Steve59

    Steve59 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Still hurts. RIP LJ.
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  16. electracoyote

    electracoyote Supporting Member

    Bummer. Even before I was a bass player, I used to listen to him play and wonder how in the hell he was getting those tones and percussive effect. One of my first influences along with Larry Graham. RIP.
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  17. Joshua Barnes

    Joshua Barnes

    Jan 27, 2021
    What Yamaha bb bass model is that
  18. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
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