John Gustafson (musician)

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John Gustafson
Birth name John Frederick Gustafson
Also known as Johnny Gustafson
Born (1942-08-08)8 August 1942
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died 11 September 2014(2014-09-11) (aged 72)
Genres Rock, hard rock, pop rock, beat, jazz-fusion, folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1960s–2014
Associated acts Episode Six, Deep Purple, Roxy Music, The Merseybeats, Quatermass, Hard Stuff, Ian Gillan Band, The Big Three, Cass and the Casanovas, Mick Farren, John Du Cann

John "Gus" Gustafson also known as Johnny Gustafson (8 August 1942 – 11 September 2014), was an English bass guitar player and singer, who had a lengthy recording and live performance career. During his career, he was a member of the bands The Big Three, Ian Gillan Band, Roxy Music and his own group, Quatermass, among others.

Career[edit]

Born in Liverpool, he is known for his work with 1960s bands The Big Three and The Merseybeats, and for singing on the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar as Simon Zealotes. He made an appearance on Roger Glover's The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast album track, "Watch Out for the Bat Now", as a vocalist. He is probably best known for playing bass guitar for several re-incarnations of the Ian Gillan Band and for his earlier participation in the progressive rock band, Quatermass. He also re-formed The Pirates, originally the backing band for Johnny Kidd.[1]

Gustafson was a member of Roxy Music for four years and performed on three studio albums. His final record with the band, Siren, included their only American hit single, "Love Is the Drug".[2]

He was bassist on several tracks for Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin's 1981 concept album, Picasso Portraits (Flamencovision CD FV 03, 1994) namely: Harlequin - 1918, Desire Caught By The Tail - 1943, The Afficionado - 1912 and Girls of Algiers - 1955.

In 1983 he was in the group Rowdy which included Ray Fenwick and Billy Bremner.

Discography[edit]

As contributor[edit]

With The Big Three
  • At The Cavern Decca EP (1963)
  • Resurrection Polydor (1973)
With The Merseybeats
  • The Merseybeats Fontana (1964)
  • On Stage Fontana EP (1964)
  • I Think of You Fontana EP (1964)
  • Wishin' and Hopin' Fontana EP (1964)
  • The Merseybeats Greatest Hits Look (compilation album) (1977)
  • Beats and Ballads Edsel (compilation) (1982)
With Quatermass
  • Quatermass Harvest (1970) reissue Repertoire (1990)
With Hard Stuff
With Butterfly Ball (Roger Glover)[3]
With Shawn Phillips band
  • Furthermore (1974)
  • Rumplestiltskin's Resolve (1976)
With Roxy Music
With Ian Gillan Band
With Gordon Giltrap band
  • The Peacock Party PVK (1981)
  • Live Electric (1981)
With The Pirates
  • Lights Out/I'm Into Something Good EP (1986), with Mick Green and Frank Farley
  • Still Shakin Magnum/Thunderbolt (1988), with Mick Green and Geoff Britton
  • Live in Japan Thunderbolt (2001), with Mick Green and Les Sampson
With Joe Jammer
  • Headway Angel Air (2015), recorded 1974 with Mitch Mitchell on drums

Solo albums[edit]

  • Goose Grease Angel Air (1997)

Associations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Gustafson Brief biography by Bruce Eder at Allmusic
  2. ^ "Bassist Gustafson dead at 72". Classic Rock. 14 September 2014. 
  3. ^ The Butterfly Ball... Review by Dave Thompson at Allmusic

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