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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Brothers Johnson - Louis Johnson "Thunder Thumbs" Dies, 60

Louis Johnson Of The Brothers Johnson
The Brothers Johnson, an American funk and R&B band consisting of American musicians and brothers George "Lightnin Licks" Johnson and Louis E. Johnson, aka "Thunder Thumbs" (right), on stage with a Grammy Award in 1975.
CNN reports:
The Los Angeles-based Brothers Johnson, a group featuring Louis and his brother George, got their start backing up Quincy Jones before releasing their acclaimed, Jones-produced debut LP “Look Out for #1″ in 1976.
Over the next five years, the Brothers Johnson racked up three Number One hits on the R&B charts: 1976’s “I’ll Be Good to You,” their 1977 cover of Shuggie Otis’ “Strawberry Letter 23,” and 1980’s smash “Stomp!” (Their rendition of “Strawberry Letter 23″ was later featured prominently in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.)
The Brothers Johnson’s 1980 album Light Up the Night, featuring “This Had to Be” co-written by Michael Jackson and featuring the King of Pop on background vocals, ascended to the top of the R&B album charts.

Rest in peace, sir.

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