John Gustafson (musician)
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|Birth name||John Frederick Gustafson|
|Also known as||Johnny Gustafson, Johnny Gus|
|Born||8 August 1942|
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
|Died||12 September 2014(aged 72)|
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, pop rock, beat, jazz-fusion, folk rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, piano|
John Frederick "Johnny" Gustafson (8 August 1942 – 12 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.
Born in Liverpool to a father of Swedish descent and mother of Irish descent, 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", 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.
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 top 40 hit single, "Love Is the Drug". Frontman Bryan Ferry later called Gustafson a "wonderful player", adding, "“Love Is the Drug” wouldn’t have been anything without the bass playing. It really bought that track alive."
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 Aficionado – 1912 and Girls of Algiers – 1955. Also played on Kevin Ayers' album The Confessions of Dr Dream, 1974.
Gustafson is the father of John and Lee from his first marriage, and Alice, Lucy and Joe from his marriage to Anne Gustafson, who he was married to for over 30 years until his death.
- With The Big Three
- 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)
- With Bullet / Hard Stuff
- "Hobo" / "Sinister Minister" – Single (1971) Purple Records (as Bullet)
- Bulletproof Purple Records (1972)
- Bolex Dementia Purple Records (1973)
- The Entrance to Hell – different mix of Bulletproof (2010) (as Bullet)
- With Roxy Music
- With Ablution
- With Peter Robinson, Jayson Lindh, Jan Schaffer, Malando Gassama, Barry De Souza, Ola Brunkert.
- Ablution CBS (1974)
- With Ian Gillan Band
- Child in Time Oyster (1976)
- Clear Air Turbulence Island (1977)
- Scarabus Island (1977)
- Live at the Budokan Virgin (1978)
- The Rockfield Mixes Angel Air (1997)
- Live at the Rainbow Angel Air (1978)
- 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
- Jesus Christ Superstar (1969) On vocals.
- Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1974) On bass.
- With Roger Glover And Guests
- The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshopper's Feast (1974) John vocals on Watch Out For The Bat.
- With Shawn Phillips
- Furthermore (1974)
- Rumplestiltskin's Resolve (1976)
- With Steve Hackett
- Voyage of the Acolyte(1975) Bass on Star of Sirius
- With Bryan Ferry
- Let's Stick Together (1976) Bass on Re-Make/Re-Model
- With Gordon Giltrap
- The Peacock Party PVK (1981)
- Live Electric (1981)
- With Joe Jammer
- Headway Angel Air (2015), recorded 1974 with Mitch Mitchell on drums
- With Ian Paice,Tony Ashton,Jon Lord
- Malice in Wonderland (1977).
- Goose Grease Angel Air (1997)