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Joesoap profile photo

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Such sad news. Brilliant singer and artist. Didn't Bacharach used to get him to demo his songs? 

Love this:

 

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Winsford Soul profile photo

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Rest in peace Mr Lou Johnson . Thank you for your contribution to the sound track of my life.  Sleep well 

Steve 

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Keamus profile photo

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What a brilliant and so distinctive voice. RIP Lou    

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Joesoap profile photo

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Lesser known number and not from the era for which he is best remembered perhaps, but this is just great!

 

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He even got to tour the UK back in September 1965 … as well as a number of gigs at the Flamingo he did other UK shows (including the allnite session @ the Twisted Wheel on 26th September  -- in fact I believe he was the 1st US act to appear at the Whitworth St venue).

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Amsterdam Russ profile photo

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RIP. From what I've read, Johnson made an appearance on Ready Steady Go in 1965. Is that correct? And if so, any footage?

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Pete Roberts profile photo

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So very sad news to hear that LOU JOHNSON passed away yesterday, what an Artist with a fantastic voice.

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Roburt profile photo

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Lou Johnson on RSG … Season 3; Episode 1  -- 3rd September 65 ...

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Mike profile photo

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sad news, thanks for passing on

 

 

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Hooker1951 profile photo

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Lou Johnson was a class act of high standard

RiP 

ML

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Geoff profile photo

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Sad news indeed. One of the best "big city soul" singers. First came to my attention with There's Always Something There To Remind Me, later overshadowed by Sandy Shaw's version. Always liked his version of If I Never Get To Love You which I've never heard played anywhere. I think he was used by Burt Bacharach to demo songs, sure I read that somewhere.

RIP Lou, thank you for the music that improved our lives.

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Tomangoes profile photo

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Very sad news.

Always remember magic potion at the Mexborough Brickyard club. Never heard it anywhere else, and it sticks out as a sublime soul record.

RIP

Ed

 

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KevH profile photo

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RIP Lou Johnson. I grew up on "Unsatisfied", one of the first non stompers I remember loving.

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Joey profile photo

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For some of us of a certain vintage, who began their journey on the scene at a certain time, "Unsatisfied" will always bring back truly wonderful memories. To this day I can't help but smile whenever I hear it played. 

Many, many thanks Mr. Johnson. R.I.P.

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Soul Shrews profile photo

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So many great songs, thanks Mr Johnson. Will always love this one

Cheers Paul

 

 

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Westender profile photo

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Top singer. Should have enjoyed far more success than he did.

This isn't typical of his output but the combination of Lou and the Muscle Shoals musicians sounded so good to me.

 

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Wilxy profile photo

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R.I.P Sir.....

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northernnigel60 profile photo

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Another very sad loss to the soul scene, RIP.

 

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Mal C profile photo

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Great singer, I’ll play all his hits tonight at home, including “please stop the wedding”  and offer a prayer... RIP Lou 

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linda4me profile photo

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Wonderful voice R.I.P.

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BIGSOULMAN profile photo

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The soundtrack to my youth on these London/Big Top sides, a top artist and wonderful singer.

RIP Lou

 

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45cellar profile photo

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Extremely sad news.

I have always enjoyed his recordings through the years.

From the first listen of records like Unsatisfied, Magic Potion, Reach Out For Me to present day.

I still feel that desire to play them over and over.

Thank you for the music that has enriched our lives.

RIP Lou Johnson.

 

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The Yank profile photo

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Very sad to hear about this- he had so many great 45's!

Although Roy Hamilton's version is better, this comes very close ...

 

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Jaco profile photo

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4 hours ago, Soul Shrews said:

So many great songs, thanks Mr Johnson. Will always love this one

Cheers Paul

 

 

Wonderful track. Featured in a top 50 tracks of all time by Richard Searling

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Mark Soul profile photo

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pure class unsatisfied my favourite oldie of all time R I P lou 

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Ezzie Brown profile photo

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echo everything already said................brilliant artist , we have all spent nearly 50 years listening to his great voice....r.i.p.

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Gilly profile photo

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Yes, what an artist, had almost everything by him inc UK demos, EP, blue, white and yellow US Unsatisfied, Big Top and Big Hill, Canadian Quality Unsatisfied and Magic Potion. LP +a copy of "The Panic is On" long before it got released courtesy of Ady C. Weaned on Unsatisfied and Magic Potion. As you can see I was rather obsessive about him. Only had the extended version of Unsatisfied on CD not acetate. Thankyou Lou, oh how would have loved to see you sing live. R.I. P. you legend 

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Scootboy profile photo

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RIP Lou, thank you for the music

Is this Unsatisfied styrene version legit?

 

 

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Amsterdam Russ profile photo

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1 hour ago, SoulBoyRecords said:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Johnson_(singer) as of a minute ago he's still alve according to Wipikedia

I wouldn't take Wikipedia as gospel. All that means is no one has updated the page yet.

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Triode profile photo

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Very sad indeed R.I.P.

love this one....

 

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The Yank profile photo

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7 hours ago, Scootboy said:

RIP Lou, thank you for the music

Is this Unsatisfied styrene version legit?

    I've seen a maroon label bootleg with "Unsatisfied" and "Magic Potion".

    I'm about 95% sure your blue ink label version  is legitimate. 

 

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Shufflin profile photo

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7 hours ago, Scootboy said:

Is this Unsatisfied styrene version legit?

the blue screen print label is legit, the blue label vinyl press is a repro - according to my copy of "Manship USA 7th edition"

if any of that makes any sense

I have the yellow one

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Bruv profile photo

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RIP Lou, thank you very much for the music, You certainly Satisfied me with your Unsatisfied Soul Stunner.....

Firecrest profile photo

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On 02/05/2019 at 11:06, JoeSoap said:

Lesser known number and not from the era for which he is best remembered perhaps, but this is just great!

Hi JoeSoap, 

'Keep that Fire Burning' is a nice record but NOT  I think by  the late Lou Johnson of whom we are speaking today.

Lou Johnson R.I.P.

 

sceneman profile photo

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he played at the el partido in lewisham on  11 september 1965 ...my copy of always something was nicked by this slag in bromley who kept a handfull of my 45s in the 70s ..2 timing bitch

 

he should have been bigger than he was ,bad management i guess

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El Corol profile photo

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Amazing voice IMHO.

R.I.P. Lou and thanks.

soultree profile photo

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On 02/05/2019 at 10:42, JoeSoap said:

Such sad news. Brilliant singer and artist. Didn't Bacharach used to get him to demo his songs? 

Love this:

sad news 

 

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Joesoap profile photo

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On 04/05/2019 at 12:24, Firecrest said:

Hi JoeSoap, 

'Keep that Fire Burning' is a nice record but NOT  I think by  the late Lou Johnson of whom we are speaking today.

Lou Johnson R.I.P.

 

Thanks. Yes, you're right! Whoops!😖

Gary Hepworth profile photo

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Blessings Lou and  Family

 

 

Mr Fred profile photo

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On 02/05/2019 at 14:20, Tomangoes said:

Very sad news.

Always remember magic potion at the Mexborough Brickyard club. Never heard it anywhere else, and it sticks out as a sublime soul record.

RIP

Ed

 

The Brickyard in mexborough that counjers up memories our kid (Rob Ward ) R.I.P. used to go across with The Dj John Simms and a few other lads from Huddersfield. Lou Johnsons unsatisfied always flashes me back to The Pendulum in Manchester.R.I.P. Lou.

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