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     Legendary Bass Player Dies at 60

May 26, 2015
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  Legendary bass player Louis Johnson of the hit 1970s funk band The Brothers Johnson and the pioneer of slap-bass playing has passed away. Johnson died last Thursday (May 21st), but the cause has not been released. He was 60 years old.     To the music industry his distinctive style got him the nickname Thunder-Thumbs. Louis, who was self-taught, and his brother George got their start backing up power producer Quincy Jones before they released their debut LP “Look Out for #1” in 1976. Within five years, The Brothers Johnson had three Number ones including “I’ll Be Good To You” (1976), “Strawberry Letter 23” (1977) and “Stomp” (1980).     Long time friend and collaborator Quincy posted on Facebook “ Thunderthumbs Johnson was one of the greatest bass players to ever pick up the instrument. As a member of the Brothers Johnson we shared decades of magical times working together in the studio and touring the world. He was a dear and beloved friend and brother. I will miss “Boot’s” presence and joy of life everyday.”     Johnson also played on Michael Jackson’s hit albums “Thriller” and “Dangerous” as well as “Billie Jean”, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” and on George Benson’s “Give me the Night.” He recorded with dozens of other artist including Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, The Temptations and The Carpenters.   Source: CNN.com/Image: rollingstone.com   Charlene McCallum (follow on Twitter: @CharleneCMCC)

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