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 (age 72)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Genres Rock, hard rock, pop rock, beat, jazz-fusion, folk rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts Episode Six, Deep Purple, Roxy Music, The Merseybeats, Quatermass, The Big Three, Bullet, Cass and the Casanovas, Mick Farren, John Du Cann

John "Gus" Gustafson also known as Johnny Gustafson (born 8 August 1942, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is an English bass player, who has had a lengthy recording and live performance career. 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 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 also played with Roxy Music on four of their early albums, which included their only American hit single, "Love Is the Drug".


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)

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast[2] (1974)

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

Solo albums[edit]

  • Goose Grease Angel Air (1997)



  1. ^ John Gustafson Brief biography by Bruce Eder at Allmusic
  2. ^ The Butterfly Ball... Review by Dave Thompson at Allmusic

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