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 along 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 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.
- Brothers Johnson a World-Class Club Band. David Fricke. Rolling Stone, July 10, 1980.
|George Johnson||guitar, vocal|
|Louis Johnson||guitars, bass, vocals|