Brothers Johnson

Brothers Johnson BIOGRAPHY

Brothers Johnson

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1976-1989

The Brothers Johnson first exposure to A&M Records was that George toured with Billy Preston in 1971. In 1972, Louis joined Billy's touring band and contributed song's to Preston's A&M albums Music Is My Life and The Kids and Me. In February 1975 the brothers were invited to a recording session for Quincy Jones' Mellow Madness album on A&M. Louis said, "George and I had dug Quincy's music for a long time and really wanted to meet him, so when we had the opportunity we jumped. During a break in the recording we rapped to him and told him that were were musicians and writers. He told use to play for him...and we played hi a couple of our songs. His reaction was awesome--we couldn't believe it!.... Quincy used four of our songs." The brothers toured with Quincy who got them their contract with A&M.

The Brothers Johnson were hired by A&M recording artist and producer Quincy Jones for sessions and tours. Jones got the Brothers Johnson signed to A&M Records in 1976 then produced and arranged their first four albums.

Light Up the Night was a top 10 album within weeks of its release.

The Brothers Johnson and L.T.D. concert in December 1977 at the L.A. Forum was the first national satellite broadcast of R&B artists.

In 1978 Blam by the Brothers Johnson was the first picture disc geared to the black audience.

Re-signed with A&M Records on September 13, 1980.

SOURCES:
Billboard
      Brothers Johnson a World-Class Club Band. David Fricke. Rolling Stone, July 10, 1980.

Passage

PLAYERS IN THE BAND
George Johnson
   Born: May 17, 1953
   Instrument(s): guitars, vocals
Louis Johnson
   Born: Apr 13, 1955      Died: May 21, 2015
   Instrument(s): guitars, bass, vocals
   See Passage


Brothers Johnson PHOTOS

Brothers Johnson DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Brothers Johnson U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
20th Century Masters the Millennium CollectionA&M Records60251723302007
20th Century Masters the Millennium CollectionA&M Records60694907382000
Blam!A&M Records75021 31711990
Blam!A&M RecordsSP 31711982
Blam!A&M RecordsSP 47141978
BlastA&M RecordsSP 37330000
BlastA&M RecordsSP 49271982
Classics Collection Vol. 11A&M RecordsCD 25091987
Greatest HitsA&M Records31454 05521996
Kickin'A&M RecordsSP 51621988
Light Up the NightA&M Records75021 37161990
Light Up the NightA&M RecordsSP 37161980
Look Out for #1A&M Records75021 31421990
Look Out for #1A&M RecordsSP 31420000
Look Out for #1A&M RecordsSP 45671976
Out of ControlA&M RecordsSP 49651983
Right on TimeA&M Records75021 31471990
Right on TimeA&M RecordsSP 31470000
Right on TimeA&M RecordsSP 46441977
Strawberry Letter 23: Very Best Of the Brothers JohnsonA&M Records60694937172003
Universal Masters CollectionA&M Records60694931042001
WinnersA&M RecordsSP 37241981

Brothers Johnson U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
Ain't We Funkin' NowA&M RecordsSP 120111978
Ain't We Funkin' Now/Dancin' and Prancin'A&M Records20981978
Blam! Radio SpecialA&M RecordsSP 170491978
Brothers JohnsonA&M RecordsSP 170570000
Classics Collection Vol. 11A&M Records75021 25091990
Dancin' FreeA&M RecordsSP 171701981
Dancin' Free/Do It for LoveA&M Records23681981
Free and Single/Thunder Thumbs & Lightnin'A&M Records18811976
Get the Funk Out Ma FaceA&M Records1851-S1976
Get the Funk Out Ma FaceA&M RecordsAM 83791976
Get the Funk Out Ma Face/Strawberry Letter 23A&M RecordsSP 120031977
Get the Funk Out Ma Face/TomorrowA&M Records18511976
I'll Be Good To You/Devil (the)A&M Records18061976
I'll Be Good To You/Get the Funk Out Ma FaceA&M RecordsAM 85990000
I'm Giving You All My Love/Real Thing (the)A&M Records25271982
Kick It To the Curb/P.O. Box 2000A&M Records30131988
Kick It to the Curb/P.O. Box 2000A&M RecordsSP 122621988
Light Up the NightA&M RecordsSP 171191980
Light Up the Night/Street WaveA&M Records22381980
Love Is/Right on TimeA&M Records20151977
Lovers Forever/Hot MamaA&M Records26891984
Party AvenueA&M RecordsSP 122811988
Party Avenue/Ball of FireA&M RecordsAM 12291988
Real Thing (the)A&M RecordsSP 171601981
Real Thing (the)/I Want YouA&M Records23431981
Ride-O-Rocket/Dancin' and Prancin'A&M Records20861978
Ride-O-Rocket/StreetwaveA&M RecordsSP 170461978
Runnin' for Your Lovin'/QA&M Records19821977
Smilin' on YaA&M Records22801980
Still In LoveA&M RecordsSP 176021988
Stomp!A&M RecordsSP 171111980
Stomp!/Let's SwingA&M Records22161980
Stomp!/Light Up the NightA&M RecordsAM 86280000
Strawberry Letter 23/Dancin' and Prancin'A&M Records19491977
Strawberry Letter 23/Runnin' For Your Lovin'A&M RecordsAM 86070000
Strawberry Letter 23/StompA&M RecordsSP 123041989
Treasure/Smilin' on YaA&M Records22541980
Welcome to the ClubA&M RecordsSP 172141982
Welcome To the Club/Echoes of an EraA&M Records25061982
You Keep Me Comin' BackA&M RecordsSP 121021984
You Keep Me Coming Back/DeceiverA&M Records26541984

Brothers Johnson U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection20006069490738
Welcome to the Club
I'll Be Good to You
Strawberry Letter 23
Is It Love That We're Missing
Runnin' for Your Lovin'
Ride-a-Rocket
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Stomp
Light up the Night
Real Thing (the)
Funk It (Funkadelala)
Get the Funk Out Ma Face

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection20076025172330
Welcome to the Club
I'll Be Good to You
Strawberry Letter 23
Is It Love That We're Missin'
Runnin' for Your Lovin'
Ride-O-Rocket
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Stomp!
Light Up the Night
Real Thing (the)
Funk It (Funkadelala)
Get the Funk Out Ma Face

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Ain't We Funkin' Now1978SP 12011
Ain't We Funkin' Now (Disco Version)
Ain't We Funkin' Now (Edited Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Ain't We Funkin' Now/Dancin' and Prancin'19782098
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Dancin' and Prancin'

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blam!201360253722879
Ain't We Funkin' Now
So Won't You Stay
Blam
Rocket Countdown/Blastoff
Ride-O-Rocket
Mista'Cool
It's You Girl
Street Wave
Ride-O-Rocket (Single Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blam!199075021 3171
Ain't We Funkin' Now
So Won't You Stay
Blam!!
Rocket Countdown/Blastoff
Ride-O-Rocket
Mista' Cool
It's You Girl
Streetwave

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blam!1982SP 3171
Ain't We Funkin' Now
So Won't You Stay
Blam!!
Rocket Countdown/Blastoff
Ride-O-Rocket
Mista' Cool
It's You Girl
Streetwave

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blam!1978SP 4714
Ain't We Funkin' Now
So Won't You Stay
Blam!!
Rocket Countdown/Blastoff
Ride-O-Rocket
Mista' Cool
It's You Girl
Streetwave

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blam! Radio Special1978SP 17049
Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin' Licks
Strawberry Letter 23
I'll Be Good to You
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Blam!!
Blam!!
Tell Me a Bedtime Story
Mista' Cool
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Q
Come Together
I'll Be Good to You
Tomorrow
It's You Girl
Q
Un Poco Loco
Love for Sale
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin' Licks
Tell Me a Bedtime Story
Ride-O-Rocket
Q
Blam!!
Streetwave

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blast0SP 3733
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
I'll Be Good To You
Funk It
Great Awakening
Real Thing
Stomp!
Welcome To the Club
Strawberry Letter 23

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Blast1982SP 4927
Funk It (Funkadelala)
Welcome To the Club
Great Awakening
I'm Giving You All My Love
Real Thing (the)
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Strawberry Letter 23
Stomp!
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
I'll Be Good To You

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Brothers Johnson0SP 17057

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Classics Collection Vol. 111987CD 2509
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Strawberry Letter 23
Free and Single
Stomp!
Runnin' For Your Lovin'
Q
Land Of Ladies
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
I'll Be Good To You
Light Up the Night
You Keep Me Coming Back
Real Thing (the)
Tokyo
Ride-O Rocket
Funk It (Funkadelala)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Classics Collection Vol. 11199075021 2509
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Strawberry Letter 23
Free and Single
Stomp!
Runnin' For Your Lovin'
Q
Land Of Ladies
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
I'll Be Good To You
Light Up the Night
You Keep Me Coming Back
Real Thing (the)
Tokyo
Ride-O Rocket
Funk It (Funkadelala)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Dancin' Free1981SP 17170
Dancin' Free
Dancin' Free

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Dancin' Free/Do It for Love19812368
Dancin' Free
Do It for Love

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Free and Single/Thunder Thumbs & Lightnin'19761881
Free and Single
Thunder Thumbs & Lightnin'

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Get the Funk Out Ma Face19761851-S
Get the Funk Out Ma Face (Disco Version)
Get the Funk Out Ma Face (Edited Radio Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Get the Funk Out Ma Face20096025271893
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Get the Funk Out Ma Face

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Get the Funk Out Ma Face1976AM 8379
Get the Funk Out Ma Face (Special Disco Version)
Get the Funk Out Ma Face (Special Disco Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Get the Funk Out Ma Face/Strawberry Letter 231977SP 12003
Strawberry Letter 23 (Disco Version)
Get the Funk Out Ma Face (Disco Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Get the Funk Out Ma Face/Tomorrow19761851
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Tomorrow

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Greatest Hits199631454 0552
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Strawberry Letter 23
Free and Single
Stomp!
Runnin' for Your Lovin'
Q
Land of Ladies
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
I'll Be Good to You
Light up the Night
You Keep Me Comin' Back
Real Thing (the)
Tokyo
Ride-O-Rocket
Funk It (Funkadelala)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
I'll Be Good to You20096025271877
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You
I'll Be Good to You

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
I'll Be Good To You/Devil (the)19761806
I'll Be Good To You
Devil (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
I'll Be Good To You/Get the Funk Out Ma Face0AM 8599
I'll Be Good To You
Get the Funk Out Ma Face

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
I'm Giving You All My Love/Real Thing (the)19822527
I'm Giving You All Of My Love
Real Thing (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Kick It To the Curb/P.O. Box 200019883013
Kick It To the Curb
P. O. Box 2000

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Kick It to the Curb/P.O. Box 20001988SP 12262
Kick It to the Curb (12" Version)
Kick It to the Curb
PO Box 2000 (Instrumental)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Kickin'1988SP 5162
Kick It To the Curb
Real Love
I Fresh
Still In Love
P. O. Box 2000
Ball Of Fire
We Must Be In Love
I'll Give It Up
This Is Our Love
Party Avenue

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Kickin'2012828395 16228

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Light Up the Night1980SP 17119
Light Up the Night (Album Version)
Light Up the Night (Special Extended Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Light Up the Night1980SP 3716
Stomp!
Light Up the Night
You Make Me Wanna Wiggle
Treasure
This Had To Be
All About the Heaven
Smilin' On Ya
Closer To the One That You Love
Celebrations

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Light Up the Night199075021 3716
Stomp!
Light Up the Night
You Make Me Wanna Wiggle
Treasure
This Had To Be
All About the Heaven
Smilin' On Ya
Closer To the One That You Love
Celebrations

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Light Up the Night/Street Wave19802238
Light Up the Night
Street Wave

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Look Out for #1199075021 3142
I'll Be Good To You
Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin' Licks
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Tomorrow
Free and Single
Come Together
Land Of Ladies
Dancin' and Prancin'
Devil (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Look Out for #10SP 3142
I'll Be Good To You
Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin' Licks
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Tomorrow
Free and Single
Come Together
Land Of Ladies
Dancin' and Prancin'
Devil (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Look Out for #11976SP 4567
I'll Be Good To You
Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin' Licks
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Tomorrow
Free and Single
Come Together
Land Of Ladies
Dancin' and Prancin'
Devil (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Love Is/Right on Time19772015
Love Is
Right On Time

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Lovers Forever/Hot Mama19842689
Lovers Forever
Hot Mama

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Out of Control1983SP 4965
You Keep Me Coming Back
Lovers Forever
Do You
Let's Try Love Again
I Came Here To Party
Out Of Control
Save Me
Tokyo
Dazed
It's All Over Now

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Party Avenue1988SP 12281
Party Avenue (Dope Dance Mix)
Party Avenue (Radio Edit)
Party Avenue (Bonus Beats)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Party Avenue/Ball of Fire1988AM 1229
Party Avenue
Ball Of Fire

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Real Thing (the)1981SP 17160
Real Thing (the)
Real Thing (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Real Thing (the)/I Want You19812343
Real Thing (the)
I Want You

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Ride-O-Rocket/Dancin' and Prancin'19782086
Ride-O-Rocket
Dancin' and Prancin'

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Ride-O-Rocket/Streetwave1978SP 17046
Ride-O Rocket
Streetwave

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Right on Time0SP 3147
Runnin' For Your Lovin'
Free Yourself, Be Yourself
Q
Right On Time
Strawberry Letter 23
Brother Man
Never Leave You Lonely
Love In

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Right on Time199075021 3147
Runnin' for Your Lovin'
Free Yourself, Be Yourself
"Q"
Right on time
Strawberry Letter 23
Brother Man
Never Leave You Lonely
Love Is

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Right on Time1977SP 4644
Runnin' For Your Lovin'
Free Yourself, Be Yourself
Q
Right On Time
Strawberry Letter 23
Brother Man
Never Leave You Lonely
Love In

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Runnin' for Your Lovin'/Q19771982
Runnin' For Your Lovin'
Q

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Smilin' on Ya19802280
Smilin' On Ya

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Still In Love1988SP 17602
Still In Love

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Stomp!1980SP 17111
Stomp! (Single versoin)
Stomp! (Album version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Stomp!20076025172501 A
Stomp!
Stomp!
Stomp!
Stomp!
Stomp!
Stomp!
Stomp!
Stomp!
Stomp!

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Stomp!/Let's Swing19802216
Stomp!
Let's Swing

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Stomp!/Light Up the Night0AM 8628
Stomp!
Light Up the Night

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Strawberry Letter 2320076025172500
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23
Strawberry Letter 23

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Strawberry Letter 23/Dancin' and Prancin'19771949
Strawberry Letter 23
Dancin' and Prancin'

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Strawberry Letter 23/Runnin' For Your Lovin'0AM 8607
Strawberry Letter 23
Runnin' For Your Lovin'

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Strawberry Letter 23/Stomp1989SP 12304
Strawberry Letter 23
Stomp!

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Strawberry Letter 23: Very Best Of the Brothers Johnson20036069493717
Is It Love That We're Missin'
I'll Be Good to You
Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin' Licks
Free and Single
Tomorrow
Strawberry Letter 23
Runnin' for Your Lovin'
Q
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Ride-o-Rocket
Mista' Cool
Stomp!
Light Up the Night
Treasure
In the Way
Real Thing (the)
Welcome to the Club
Funk It (Funkadelala)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Treasure/Smilin' on Ya19802254
Treasure
Smilin' on Ya

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Universal Masters Collection20016069493104
Land of Ladies
Tomorrow
Blam
I'll Be Good to You
Free and Single
Get the Funk Out Ma Face
Runnin' for Your Lovin'
Strawberry Letter 23
Right on Time
Q
Ain't We Funkin' Now
Light Up the Night
Stomp
Treasure
Real Thing
You Keep Me Comin' Back
I'm Giving You All My Love

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Welcome to the Club1982SP 17214
Welcome To the Club
Welcome to the Club

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Welcome To the Club/Echoes of an Era19822506
Welcome To the Club
Echoes Of An Era

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Winners1981SP 3724
Real Thing (the)
Dancin' Free
Sunlight
Teaser
Caught Up
In the Way
I Want You
Do It For Love
Hot Mama
Daydreamer Daydream

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
You Keep Me Comin' Back1984SP 12102
You Keep Me Comin' Back (Specially Remixed Version)
You Keep Me Comin' Back (Dub Version)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
You Keep Me Coming Back/Deceiver19842654
You Keep Me Coming Back
Deceiver


Brothers Johnson MUSIC CHARTS

Brothers Johnson on Record Charts

US ALBUMS
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Blam!SP 4714Billboard Pop7
SP 4714Billboard R&B1
BlastSP 4927Billboard Pop138
SP 4927Billboard R&B23
Light Up the NightSP 3716Billboard Pop5
SP 3716Billboard R&B1
Look Out for #1SP 4567Billboard Pop9
SP 4567Billboard R&B1
Out of ControlSP 4965Billboard R&B20
Right on TimeSP 4644Billboard Pop13
SP 4644Billboard R&B2
WinnersSP 3724Billboard Pop48
SP 3724Billboard R&B10
US SINGLES & EPs
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
Free and Single/Thunder Thumbs & Lightnin'1881Billboard R&B26
Get the Funk Out Ma Face1851-SBillboard R&B4
Get the Funk Out Ma Face/Tomorrow1851Billboard Pop30
1851Billboard R&B4
I'll Be Good To You/Devil (the)1806Billboard Pop3
1806Billboard R&B1
Light Up the Night/Street Wave2238Billboard R&B16
Real Thing (the)/I Want You2343Billboard Pop67
2343Billboard R&B11
Runnin' for Your Lovin'/Q1982Billboard R&B20
Stomp!/Let's Swing2216Billboard Pop7
2216Billboard R&B1
Strawberry Letter 23/Dancin' and Prancin'1949Billboard Pop5
1949Billboard R&B1
1949Billboard AC38
Treasure/Smilin' on Ya2254Billboard Pop73
2254Billboard R&B36
Welcome To the Club/Echoes of an Era2506Billboard R&B13
You Keep Me Coming Back/Deceiver2654Billboard R&B12