Song of the day: “Strawberry Letter 23” by The Brothers Johnson

Sweet song from the summer of 1977, George (guitar and lead vocal) and Louis (bass) Johnson rolled out a funky mix of mind-bending soul. Along with George Clinton‘s Funkadelic and it’s offshoots, the Brothers’ songs tended to be dreamy hallucinations set to a relentless funk beat. Both George and Louis were also highly in demand as session players, working with all the big names in 1970s and 1980s pop and R&B. They split up rather acrimoniously in 1982, but later reformed in the 1990s and in the last decade a few times to great acclaim from their longtime fans.

“Strawberry Letter 23” is the funk cousin to The Beatles‘ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” I’m still not sure what’s going on in the lyrics of either song, but who cares? Enjoy.

Author: Tom Kephart

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