Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Rest In Peace Louis Johnson of The Brothers Johnson

24 May

The Brothers Johnson

The Brothers Johnson, Louis (L), George (R)

I loved, loved, loved The Brothers Johnson, and used to dance to their albums all the time in high school.  I am not musically inclined, and never played any instruments, but I still say if I could learn how to play one instrument it would be the base because I’d get to bang out all those funky beats.

Louis Johnson, aka “Thunder Thumbs”, of The Brothers Johnson played those funky beats alongside his brother, guitarist, George “Lightning Licks” during the 70’s and early 80’s, before parting ways to work on separate projects.  Louis was always in high demand to work on other artist’s albums, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Michael McDonald, Steve Arrington, and was the bassist on Michael Jackson’s, Billie Jean.  He is also said to be the originator of the slap bass method of playing the instrument where one  ‘slaps’ the strings with the right thumb and ‘pops’ with the right hand fingers, giving a percussive characteristic to a note’s sound.

Sadly, Louis Johnson passed away on May 21st, 2015 at the age of 60.

I have to play two songs of The Brothers Johnson because while the first is I think my favorite, it doesn’t show the fierce funk that Louis was capable of.  So, here is Strawberry Letter 23, followed by Get The Funk Out Ma Face.

Rest In Peace, Thunder Thumbs.

Strawberry Letter 23

Get The Funk Out Ma Face






Photo credit:  www.wikipedia.com

2 Responses to “Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Rest In Peace Louis Johnson of The Brothers Johnson”

  1. Sherry Gordon May 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hi, there, my dearly special and sweetly precious white sisterfriend who you are For Always so, so very much, Wendy Jane!!!!! Thank-you so for this great and full of soul and Spirit tribute to our late Louis Johnson!!!!! My friend, I am so sad that he has died and so young at the age of 60-this is just so young and too young for him to have died-how sad and terrible!!!!!! Sister, I, too, love the music of the Brothers Johnson and also I like you love Strawberry 23. In particular, still loving all of this song, I love the ending when it kinds of rounds itself out and ends more and more quietly with the music gradually receding into the background, Wendy Jane! For some reason I really like that! My precious white sister, I didn’t know that our Louis Johnson was nicknamed, Thunder Thumbs! Thank-you so for this info, sister, I have learned from you something new that I didn’t know before, sister! I can just see why he had this nickname because it just says it all with his great skill of producing the swift and smooth percussion sounds with his hand and fingers-I, too, love this so much as well!

    Wendy Jane, as usual as For Always you have made my day on this Sunday even more superbly super, adding greatly to my day with some cool and uplifting music!!!!! I learned from you, sister, that our Louis Johnson has died-I somehow missed hearing this in the news-thank-you for letting me and your other very grateful and appreciative readers know!!!!! I am so heartbroken that he died at such a young age-60 is just too young and too soon, so too soon for him to have died, Wendy Jane!!!!! I just so love and cherish how you loved the Brothers Johnson, and I so, so very much love and like how you said you just loved, loved, loved the Brothers Johnson!!!!! I love and like that my precious white sisterfriend, Wendy Jane!!!!!

    I feel even more peaceful now having listened to and so, so very thoroughly enjoyed this great and smooth music in which you have contributed, sister, along with this especially endearing blog post article and tribute! I just so love all of this, sisterfriend!!!!!! What a fantabulous blog post article this is of yours, Wendy Jane!!!!!!

    Sister, please have a superbly super and a blessed Sunday, and a wondrously wonderful week ahead, my friend, Wendy Jane!!!!! Thank-you so, so much again for the great gift and blessing this astoundingly magnificent blog post article this is of yours for sure, Wendy Jane!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my white friend, Wendy Jane, with Peace and Love To You For Always, my white sister, with Blessings and Even More Blessings To You For Always,

    Your lesbian black friend and sister For Always in solidarity, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane May 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Hi Sherry,

      Thanks so much for reading, and listening! You are so thorough in both, and I love your attention to detail. I didn’t know either that Louis was named Thunder Thumbs, or that he helped begin that whole slap bass technique–I love getting to learn, too, as I research when I have someone or something I want to write about.

      I hope you enjoy your Sunday evening, and have a great start to the week!

      In Solidarity, your white sisterfriend:),

      Wendy Jane

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