R.I.P Louis Johnson

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

  1. FlatwoundFunk


    Apr 16, 2015
    Atlanta, Ga
  2. I first heard him on Billy Preston's albums in the early '70's. He was part of Preston's band known as the "God Squad", along with his brother George. They played on "Will It Go Round In Circles". There's a clip from a '73 concert on Youtube from a show called "Soul". Louis played a P bass. What a shame he's gone.
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  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is enough to make a lifelong fatso like me back away from the table.
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  4. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    I tried my best to do this solo justice, but failed!
    No one can do it like Louis, God Bless him!

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  5. Jamarvic

    Jamarvic Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Check out this track. Classic Louis slap bass!
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That's pretty close kid.;) You have a great ear.:bassist:
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  7. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Thank you so much!
    Haha man, out of all the bassist's i've tried to learn his technique is possibly the hardest!
    Lord he was the man, wish I could've met him!
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  8. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Thank you, I appreciate that!
    I enjoy reading what you and everyone else has to say!
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  9. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    NO WAY!!!! He's up there with Jaco now.

    What got him? Wasn't he in his 50s?
  10. Honch

    Honch Guest

    Sep 7, 2006
    Find it funny. All posts links to a link that says "Bass Player Louis Johnson dies at 60". And yet people still asking how old he was. Which means he didn't die driving 60 mph on his bike on the road. It doesn't mean his weight in pounds either. Or what do you think the number 60 means in that headline?

    BTW I think he's up there with MJ now, sorting the writing credit deal out on "Billy Jean" song. Maybe he finally gets paid for it... ;)
  11. squidtastic

    squidtastic Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2013
    One of the first 45's I ever bought was Strawberry Letter 23. The cover smelled like strawberries (the smell lasted for, like, a year!). Been practicing his lines for years, including just a couple of nights before I heard the news. The man was pure fonk! Gone too soon. :(

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  12. Hugh_R


    Sep 9, 2008
    London, UK
    Such sad news!! Far too young to go :(
  13. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    Louis Johnson was a NATURAL-BORN BASS PLAYER (among very few), and Mr Johnson was born at the right time.
    Thanks for your MUSIC and R.I.P.
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  14. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    He was pl
    He was playing a Sabre on that album.
  15. Just between you and me, it certainly sounds like a Sabre, and I thought as much until I did some research.

    Here's what I found: The 'Blam' album was released in August 1978, and the Sabre wasn't introduced until December 1978.

    If indeed Louis was playing a Sabre on the album, it had to have been a prototype. That of course is entirely possible given he was probably the obvious choice to 'road test' the instrument prior to its general release later that year.

    Others may like to put their $0.02 worth in? I'd certainly like to know.:D

    Some more goodness from Louis. I believe this is the Sabre
    Last edited: May 25, 2015
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  16. MD Stingray

    MD Stingray Guest

    Jan 17, 2008
    Two of my favorite Louis Johnson tracks that go quite unnoticed by the general Bass-playing audience.

    Ain't nothing missin' - Jeffrey Osborne.

    the Controllers - My secret Fantasy

  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    If anyone had a prototype, it was Louis Johnson. He was the highest profile Music Man player in the world.
  18. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013

    Louis Johnson on bass introduced by his brother George.
    Brothers Johnson Live, 1979.

    R.I.P. Louis.

    Louis Johnson 1980
    A Very Rare Bass solo from Louis Johnson.

    Apr 25, 1980 At Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ USA
    Praise the lord!

    Louis Johnson jams and performs Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) [live]

    Irreplaceable Louis.
    We don't have that kind of NATURAL-Born bass players. Just check how HAPPY Louis was while playing the bass.

    Funk-O-Nots having fun with LOUIS JOHNSON


    Louis Johnson Live 1981 (WOW!!!)

    Louis Johnson Incredible Slap bass performance!!! [Live in L.A. August 22, 1981]


    Louis Johnson Stomp in de Kwakel 2009

    LOUIS JOHNSON Bass Player Interview

    Legendary bassist Louis Johnson plays Ain't We Funkin' Now from The Brothers Johnson at The Stage in Milwaukee with Joe Jordan, Reggie Bordeaux, Marcell Guyton.

    Louis Johnson and Bill Dickens trade bass lines with Reggie Bordeaux on drums, Johnny Mills on guitar, and Joe Jordan on vocals. Filmed by Nick Rondinelli at The Stage in Milwaukee.
    Louis Johnson Bill Dickens Reggie Bordeaux Bass Night at The Stage archives of Nick Rondinelli - YouTube
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  19. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    RIP Louis
  20. Mid 70's. I wasn't even 15 yet and didnt know the difference between a bass and a regular guitar.

    Strawberry Letter 23 and Get the Funk Out of My face came out.

    I didnt know what the bass was yet but i knew I loved the sound.

    R.I.P. Louis
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