Rhythm and Blues

The Brothers Johnson

QUESTION:  George Johnson's nickname was "Lightnin' Licks."  What did his brother Louis go by?
A)  "Thunder Thumbs"
B)  "Bellicose Bass"
C)  "Slappin' Slams"
D)  "Slammin' Cymbals"

Today the American Treasure Tour blog revisits the vinyl wall in our Music Room, honoring one of the bands for which we are happy to make a nostalgic call to, but who is less remembered today. The Brothers Johnson earned their name because they are, in fact, brothers. Los Angeles-based Louis and George Johnson formed their band in 1975 when they were teenagers but, prior to becoming a duo, they were Three Plus One. The band included their older brother Tommy and their cousin Alex. Although they were a band in their own right back then, they were better known as a backing outfit for such acts as Bobby Womack and the Supremes.  They performed Rhythm & Blues and funk predominantly, but moved on into Gospel and other styles of music later on in their career.  

The album we would like to discuss today is their 1980 studio release Light Up the Night. It was their fourth album, and their third to reach number one in the R&B charts (1977's Right on Time only made it to number two).  It included the hit "Stomp!" which reached number one on the R&B and disco charts, and made it to the top ten on the pop charts as well.  It also did extremely well in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It was also the last album the Brothers Johnson made together that made any substantial impact on the charts at all, so they broke up as a musical act in 1982 to pursue separate projects, while still occasionally getting back together for their fans.  Tragically, Louis Johnson died in 2015 at the age of sixty.

ANSWER:  A)  "Thunder Thumbs"