The duo split up in 1982 resulting in brief solo careers for the brothers. Louis Johnson’s solo work They started doing separate ventures; Louis Johnson played bass on Michael Jackson’s Thriller and recorded a gospel music album in 1981 with his own group Passage, which included his then-wife Valerie Johnson and former Brothers Johnson percussionist/singer, Richard Heath. Louis recorded a single in 1985 called “Kinky,” released on Capitol Records. The track appears on his Evolution album, which was released that same year only in Europe. Louis then started to register his bass skills on video, and accomplished about 3 instructional lesson-tapes for the Starlicks video-distribution company, from which the first release was also in 1985. For a while, Louis got comfortable with family life his wife and son. By 1988 his then manager Diane Taren, talked him into going back to the studio to record his own projects and soon was back in the biz. He continued this initiative by starting his bass academy during the 1990s and giving workshop clinics to this day, via his own website. George Johnson’s solo work George Johnson released one single in 1985, titled “Back Against The Wall,” on Quincy Jones’ own Qwest label. There seems to be a complete album (recorded but unreleased) from that recording session, which George himself confirmed when he and Louis were interviewed around 1987/1988 for the Blues & Soul magazine in the United Kingdom (see link below). In addition to these solo projects, George delivered guitar work for Steve Arrington’s album Dancing In The Key Of Life (1985) and had ad-libbed vocals on the track “Think Back And Remember” from the Galaxian album by the Jeff Lorber Fusion, released in 1981 on Arista Records.
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