Louis Johnson: Bass Solo with Billy Preston

I have a special treat today! Louis Johnson is one of my favorite bassists, but criminally underrated. With an incredible career under his belt, he is definitely one of the greats. While he is known for his thumping and plucking, his fingerwork often gets overlooked.

Here he is with the Fifth Beatle, Billy Preston. Can you believe he was only 17? Armed with a P Bass, Louis is in full force.


Joshua Sailor is a session bassist, producer and engineer on the West Coast. Currently working with Cloud Microphones on the "Get Lifted" Web Series, showcasing how to use Cloudlifters in studio, live and podcasting situations. You can contact him at [email protected].

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  1. Eric T Peterson aka “Petey”

    LOL! He was grooving BEFORE he started ‘thumping!’ Love it! Missed him greatly! Rest In Peace, Louis A. Johnson.????

  2. LR

    One of the greatest!
    and is he playing with a tape wound E string?

    • Joshua Sailor

      I’m not entirely sure. It does look that way from the video. It is definitely a possibility.

  3. MikeyM

    Ha, that’s too cool man!

  4. MARK B

    GET DOWN !!!

  5. 270783

    Louis Johnson is underrated? don’t joke like that. he is an Icon!