Category: i’ll be good to you

On this day in music history: June 12, 1976 – …

On this day in music history: June 12, 1976 – “I’ll Be Good To You” by The Brothers Johnson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on July 10, 1976. Written by George Johnson, Louis Johnson and Senora Sam, it is the first chart topping single for the R&B/Funk duo from Los Angeles, CA. Prodigious musical talents from childhood, brothers George and Louis Johnson get their initial break in the music business when they are both hired as members of musician Billy Preston’s band when they are barely out of high school. In early 1975, after they leave Preston’s band, the brothers are spotted by producer Quincy Jones when they are auditioning for Stevie Wonder’s touring band at The Record Plant in Los Angeles. Extremely impressed, Jones asks George and Louis if they will work with him on “Mellow Madness”, the album he is currently recording. They accept Jones’ offer and play on the album, as well as George co-writing and singing lead on the first single “Is It Love That We’re Missin’” (#18 R&B, #70 Pop). Shortly after that success, The Brothers Johnson are signed to A&M Records, and begin work on their debut album with Quincy Jones producing. While working on material for the album, they choose ten songs out of a possible two hundred for the final group selected to record. Inspired by his girlfriend (and later wife) Debbie Smith, George begins writing what becomes “I’ll Be Good To You”, collaborating with his brother Louis. A mutual friend of their named Senora Sam hears the song as a work in progress, contributing  lyrics to the song, including the line “the way we stand, and the way we lie”. Released as the first single from their debut album “Look Out For #1” in February of 1976, “I’ll Be Good To You” quickly becomes a hit on R&B radio, then a pop crossover smash. Some promotional 45’s serviced to radio stations, feature an alternate mix with double tracked lead vocals and additional synthesizer overdubs, that is quickly replaced by an edited version of the album mix for the commercial release. The song is revisited by Quincy Jones in 1989 when he re-records it with Ray Charles and Chaka Khan for his album “Back On The Block”. Jones’ version also tops the R&B singles chart in October of 1989, winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1991. The Brothers Johnson’s original version of “I’ll Be Good To You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: June 12, 1976 – …

On this day in music history: June 12, 1976 – “I’ll Be Good To You” by The Brothers Johnson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on July 10, 1976. Written by George Johnson, Louis Johnson and Senora Sam, it is the first chart topping single for the R&B/Funk duo from Los Angeles, CA. Prodigious musical talents from childhood, brothers George and Louis Johnson get their initial break in the music business when they are both hired as members of musician Billy Preston’s band when they are barely out of high school. In early 1975, after they leave Preston’s band, the brothers are spotted by producer Quincy Jones when they are auditioning for Stevie Wonder’s touring band at The Record Plant in Los Angeles. Extremely impressed, Jones asks George and Louis if they will work with him on “Mellow Madness”, the album he is currently recording. They accept Jones’ offer and play on the album, as well as George co-writing and singing lead on the first single “Is It Love That We’re Missin’” (#18 R&B, #70 Pop). Shortly after that success, The Brothers Johnson are signed to A&M Records, and begin work on their debut album with Quincy Jones producing. While working on material for the album, they choose ten songs out of a possible two hundred for the final group selected to record. Inspired by his girlfriend (and later wife) Debbie Smith, George begins writing what become “I’ll Be Good To You”, collaborating with his brother Louis. A mutual friend of their named Senora Sam hears the song as a work in progress, contributing  lyrics to the song, including the line “the way we stand, and the way we lie”. Released as the first single from their debut album “Look Out For #1” in February of 1976, “I’ll Be Good To You” quickly becomes a hit on R&B radio, then a pop crossover smash. The song is revisited by Quincy Jones in 1989 when he re-records it with Ray Charles and Chaka Khan for his album “Back On The Block”. Jones’ version also tops the R&B singles chart in October of 1989, winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1991. The Brothers Johnson’s original version of “I’ll Be Good To You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: February 9, 1976…

On this day in music history: February 9, 1976 – “Look Out For #1”, the debut album by The Brothers Johnson is released. Produced by Quincy Jones, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Westlake Audio in West Hollywood, CA and Kendun Recorders in Burbank, CA from Late 1975 – Early 1976. Having started their first band Johnson Three Plus One with their older brother Tommy and cousin Alex Weir while still in school, George and Louis Johnson get their first major professional jobs as backing musicians for R&B stars Billy Preston and Bobby Womack. In early 1975, the brothers are at The Record Plant in Los Angeles auditioning for Stevie Wonder’s band Wonderlove, when producer Quincy Jones (who is recording in an adjoining studio), walks in and overhears them playing. Impressed by what he hears, he invites them over to his studio and hires them on the spot to work with him on his album “Mellow Madness”. The exposure they receive from Jones’ project, leads to George and Louis being signed to A&M Records as a duo. Dubbing themselves The Brothers Johnson, and with Quincy Jones at helm, they begin selecting songs from the numerous song demos the brothers have already recorded. Displaying razor sharp musical chops of their own, George and Louis are supported on their debut by a number of first call veteran studio musicians including Dave Grusin, Ian Underwood (keyboards), Harvey Mason (drums), Lee Ritenour (guitar), Ralph MacDonald, Billy Cobham (percussion), Ernie Watts (saxophone), Chuck Findley (trumpet), Jean “Toots” Thielemans (harmonica) and Paul Riser (horn arrangements). A critical and commercial success upon its release, the album spins off three singles including “I’ll Be Good To You” (#1 R&B, #3 Pop), “Get The Funk Out Ma Face” (#4 R&B, #30 Pop) and “Free And Single” (#26 R&B, #103 Pop), earning them a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1977. The album also features an instrumental written by the brothers titled “Tomorrow” (the B-side of “Free And Single”), is revived when Quincy Jones has singer and songwriter Siedah Garrett write lyrics for it in 1989. Jones records the song for his album “Back On The Block”, featuring then twelve year old singer Tevin Campbell on lead vocals, taking the song to number one on the R&B singles chart. Remastered and reissued on CD in 1996, “Look Out” is also issued as a SHM-CD by Universal Japan in 2015. “Look Out For #1” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number nine on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.