Performed on hit after hit in the late ’70s and into the ’80s.
By Fred Mills
The soul/funk world, as well as the hip-hop milieu, is mourning the loss of Louis Johnson, at the age of 60, according to SoulTracks.com. The bass player was of The Brothers Johnson and had long been a beloved avatar of the bass world; his slap-bass sound was integral to the success of the hit album Right On Time (A&M, 1977), which of course contained the Shuggie Otis-penned single “Strawberry Letter 23.” Other hits for the band included “I’ll Be Good To You,” “Ain’t We Funkin’ Now,” “Stomp” and “You Keep Me Comin’ Back.”
Johnson also worked extensively as a sideman for the likes of Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Michael McDonald. He earned the nickname “Thunder Thumbs,” with good reason. The exact cause of death has not yet been announced.