The singer, songwriter and performer, Augie Johnson, has died. He was 66.Augie, apparently, died in his sleep on Friday the 10th of October, and his girlfriend discovered him Saturday morning. Augie was the creator of the Fantasy Records group, Side Effect (whose early line-up included the Gospel singer, Helen Baylor and, also, the Soul singer, Miki Howard).When Augie was a child, he began playing the clarinet, later joining a boys choir.Augie was part of a group of children, who sang on the Frank Sinatra hit song 'High Hopes'.He then learned the saxophone, and formed his first group, entitled The Jazztronauts.Augie attended Washington High School, later relocating to Los Angeles City College, and then becoming enlisted into the military.Side Effect were created in 1972. Prior to the groups incarnation, Augie was a member of an earlier incarnation of the same band, called the Cultures.
As a songwriter, he is fondly remembered for many of his own compositions, which included, the L.A. Boppers evergreen, 'Watching Life'. Further writing, arrangement and production credits, include recordings by the likes of Pleasure, Wayne Henderson, Esther Phillips, The Boppers, Hilary, David Oliver, Light Of The World, West Street Mob and Yasuko Agawa. Recently the Daily Mail have suggested that his son (Brandon) was actually, Michael Jackson's son after DNA tests, this may have all been too much for him, who knows. He'll be missed, thanks for all that great music!
Playlist for Sunday 19-10-2014
Aretha Franklin - People Get ready
Marvin Gaye - After The Dance
Kim Waters - Steppin' In The Name Of Love
Melissa Morgan - Heartbreaking Decision
Cee Lo Green - My Kinda People
Rosie Gains - Good Times
Jermaine Jackson - You Like Me Don't You
Latoya Jackson - Camp Kutchi Kia
Blackstreet - Don't Leave Me (remix)
Lo-Key - Good Ole Fashion Love
Donell Jones - I Can Make You Feel Real Good
Shola Ama x3
1 Who's Lovin' My Baby 2 In Return
3 Much Love
EWF - On Your Face
James Brown - There It Is
Don-E - Little Star
Darwin Hobbs/Michael McDonald - Everyday
Emotions - Eternally
ZZ Hill - Cheating In The Next Room
Curtis Hairston - Chilling Out
Sir Charles Jones - Do You Feel
Shola Ama's Biography:
Campbell was born in Paddington, London, England, of a white father (Scottish and Irish) and St. Lucian mother. She attended Quintin Kynaston School in the early 1990s. At 15, she was singing to herself on a platform at Hammersmith tube station, and was overheard by Kwame Kwaten, a producer at the FreakStreet record label. In 1995, an unknown independent label released a single titled "Celebrate", which was a ballad produced by D'Influence. Although the single was not a commercial success, it did draw attention to Shola Ama as an artist. On her 16th birthday, she signed a recording contract with WEA.
The single "You're the One I Love" was her first single release for WEA in 1996; it barely made an impact on the charts, only managing to reach No. 85. Her second WEA single, "You Might Need Somebody", remains her biggest hit. This Randy Crawford cover reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. It remained in the top 40 for almost two months, becoming one of 1997's biggest hits. A re-release of "You're the One I Love" followed and reached #3. At the age of 18, Shola Ama released her debut album Much Love (1997).
On the success of the album, Shola Ama won a Brit Award for Best British Female and two MOBO Awards for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Act. More here