1981 The Brothers Johnson – Winners

Winners is the fifth studio album by The Brothers Johnson, released in 1981.

The Brothers Johnson were an American funk, Motown and R&B band consisting of American musicians and brothers George (“Lightnin’ Licks”) and Louis E. Johnson (“Thunder Thumbs”). They achieved their greatest success from the mid-1970s to early 1980s, with three singles topping the R&B charts (“I’ll Be Good to You”, “Strawberry Letter 23”, and “Stomp!”).

Their popular album Light Up The Night was released in March 1980 and rose to #5 on the Billboard 200. It was number 46 on the “Top 100 LPs of 1980” list in Rolling Stone. The brothers self-produced the subsequent album, Winners; released in July 1981, it only reached #48 on the Billboard 200.

Tracks

The Real Thing (Louis Johnson, George Johnson) 3:56
2  Dancin Free (Louis Johnson) 3:47
3  Daydreamer Dream (Annie Herring) 3:57
4  Sunlight (George Johnson) 3:48
5  Teaser (George Johnson) 3:49
6  Caught Up (Louis Johnson, Valerie Johnson) 4:02
7  In the Way (David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Jeffrey Porcaro) 3:36
8  I Want You (Louis Johnson) 5:17
9  Do It for Love (George Johnson) 3:43
10  Hot Mama (Louis Johnson, George Johnson) 3:26

Media

Musicians

1 The Real Thing

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Johnson
Guitar Louis Johnson
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Sax Ernie Watts
Vocals George Johnson


2 Dancin Free

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar George Johnson
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Keyboards Louis Johnson
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals Rick Heath


3 Daydreamer Dream

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar George Johnson
Keyboards Valerie Johnson
Keyboards Anne Herring


4 Sunlight

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Gerald Brown
Guitar George Johnson
Keyboards Jeff Lorber
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals George Johnson


5 Teaser

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar George Johnson
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Paich
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals George Johnson


6 Caught Up

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar George Johnson
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Keyboards Louis Johnson
Vocals Valerie Johnson


7 In the Way

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar George Johnson
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards Steve Porcaro
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals George Johnson


8 I Want You

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Louis Johnson
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards Louis Johnson
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa


9 Do It for Love

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar George Johnson
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals George Johnson


10 Hot Mama

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Louis Johnson
Guitar George Johnson
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Paich
Keyboards Louis Johnson

Liner Notes

Producer – The Brothers Johnson
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 1, 3, 7)
Arranged By (Strings) – George Johnson (Track 1)
Arranged By (Horns) – David Diggs (Track 2)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Diggs (Tracks 2, 5, 6, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Bobby Gerber, Don Koldon, Jim Cassell, Stephen Marcussen
Engineer (Assistant) – Mark Ettel
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Mike Reese
Mixed By – The Brothers Johnson
Mixed By – Jack Puig
Recorded By – The Brothers Johnson
Recorded By – Jack Puig

Art Direction – Keny Ayeroff
Art Direction, Design (Album) – Chuck Beeson
Illustration (Medallion) – Mick McGinty
Photography By – Norman Seeff

Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – A&M Records, Inc.
Produced For – Brojay Productions
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Mixed At – Ocean Way Recording
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman