Johnny Gus

John Gustafson bassistBassist and singer John Gustafson died last Friday.  John was one of those musicians whose ability was widely respected by many, and this shows in the astonishing list of 150 or more albums he appeared on.  As far as Darker Than Blue goes he was an integral member of the Ian Gillan Band across three studio albums, and his connections with the Deep Purple family tree were wide ranging, from Episode Six, Quatermass, Hard Stuff, The Butterfly Ball  and on to Naked Thunder.  You can read more on the site.

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7 Responses to “Johnny Gus”

  1. Jaime Garcia Mares Says:

    I am sad. One of the best albums in my collection is without a doubt QUATERMASS. What a great work of 3 virtuosos!! John Gustafson was one of the finest bass players of the british rock scene. May he rest in peace. God Bless him forever. My love to his family and friends.

  2. Les Hedger Says:

    I believe Gillan, Glover and Blackmore hit 70 next year. Where did the 1970’s go to? What a great decade for rock music!!

  3. Kosh Says:

    Loved his work in Quatermass and Hard Stuff, another legend gone but thankfully not forgotten by those who cherished his music. As with all gifted musicians, his life will live on forever in the superb body of work he’s left behind. At least he can hook up with John Du Cann, and lay down some awesome riffs for all an sundry in the afterlife! RIP.

  4. Gaston Says:

    Great playing by Gustafson on Scarabus

  5. Drdp Says:

    So sad a loss. I really regret never having the opportunity to see The IGB back in their day.

    • simon robinson Says:

      They were weird! Ian Gillan in striped trousers and satin bomber jackets doing jazz. It worked in the smaller venues but kind of got lost in the bigger halls. Still, an interesting experiment.

  6. r3c0rdc0113ct0r Says:

    Another sad loss…RIP. Sad to think that all of our musical ‘heroes’ from this late 1960s, 1970s era are all becoming ‘of an age’ now where these obituaries and tributes will become very commonplace in the next few years…

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