Augie’s gone. Where do the bop go?

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With great sadness, I just became aware of the fact that singer, songwriter, performer and producer Augie Johnson has passed away on October 10, 2014.

I interviewed him in Los Angeles in 1982 after the album „Make Mine Bop“ by Side Effects‚ side project L.A. Boppers blew me away. It featured one of my favorite jazz-funk-soul songs of all time: „Where Do the Bop Go“.

You can’t get much better than this. German TV entertainer and musician Stefan Raab seems to have felt similarly. He is a major funk fan (e.g., he produced „Dreamship Surprise“ feat. Bootsy Collins), and one of the major horn lines in the song „Willst du mitwippen“ on his „Schlimmer Finger“ album clearly was … ahem … ‚inspired‘ by Augie’s „Where Do the Bop Go“.

With the exception of the fine 2010 album „About Time“ (as Augie’s Side Effect), none of the Boppers‘ and Side Effect’s albums seem to be available digitally, and I also didn’t find any digital sources for albums by the band Pleasure which Augie also was involved with.

The 2010 Augie' s Side Effect album "About Time" is available at emusic.

The 2010 Augie‘ s Side Effect album „About Time“ is available at emusic.

If you are in the Centinella Valley area on November 15, 2014, please consider attending Augie’s memorial service.

Articles on Augie
Soul Tracks: R.I.P. Side Effect founder Augie Johnson
Soul and Jazz and Funk: AUGIE JOHNSON DIES…
Disco, Soul, Gold: R.I.P Augie Johnson

Written by Peter Jebsen

26. Oktober 2014 um 7:25

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