|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz|
|Labels||Fantasy Records, Elektra Records|
|Associated acts||Wayne Henderson|
|Past members||Augie Johnson
Side Effect was formed by founder and leader Augie Johnson and members, Lomita Johnson, Jim Gilstrap, Gregory Matta and Louis Patton in May 1972. The group played many Los Angeles area clubs and within a few months the group signed their first record deal with a company called Avenue of America-Gas Records with whom they recorded their first album Effective. The album did not chart. Not discouraged Side Effect continued to evolve. They changed female lead vocalists, from Lomita Johnson to Sylvia Nabors, and soon joined At-Home Productions, a production company headed by Wayne Henderson of The Crusaders. This new association would bear fruit with a new record deal with Fantasy Records. The self-titled Side Effect was released in 1975 but it did not chart. By their third album, What You Need they had switched vocalists from Sylvia Nabors to Helen Lowe, now gospel superstar Helen Baylor. This was their first charting album going to number 26 on the R&B charts. Two more albums Goin' Bananas and Rainbow Visions were released now featuring vocalist Sylvia St. James who replaced Lowe but they charted moderately. After these four albums were completed, Side Effect left Fantasy Records and was picked up by Elektra Records. After The Rain now featuring a 16-year-old Miki Howard replacing St. James on vocals was released in 1980. It did not do well on the charts as well as the next two Elektra albums Portraits and All Aboard. Howard left the group for a solo career in 1985. The group briefly re-united and issued a single entitled "I Love You" in 1987 (Striped Horse records label). They later became known as Augie's Side Effect.
On October 10, 2014, founder Augie Johnson died at age 66.
|Year||Album||Chart positions||Record label|
|1975||Side Effect||—||—||Fantasy Records|
|1976||What You Need||115||26|
|1980||After the Rain||—||70||Elektra|
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart|
|1977||"Finally Found Someone"||—||85||—|
|"Keep That Same Old Feeling"||—||22||—|
|1978||"It's All In Your Mind"||—||18||—|
|1979||"She's A Lady"||—||68||—|
|1981||"Make You Mine"||—||26||72|
- Side Effect article at Soulwalking.co.uk
- Augie's Side Effect article at Soulinterviews.com
- Side Effect at Concord Music
- Augie's Side Effect Facebook
- Side Effect at AllMusic
- "Side Effect US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "Side Effect US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14.