I'll Be Good To You

Album: Look Out For #1 (1976)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • George Johnson (one of the two Johnson brothers in the band) wrote this after deciding to dedicate himself to one girl instead of playing the field.
  • This was the first hit for The Brothers Johnson. They were produced by Quincy Jones.
  • In 1989, Quincy Jones was working on his album Back On The Block, and decided to re-record this song with Chaka Khan. During the session, Jones' friend Ray Charles called Quincy and asked him to contribute vocals. The song was credited to "Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan," and hit #21 in the UK and #18 in the US, where it also hit the top of the R&B charts for two weeks. It went on to win the 1990 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and the album Back On The Block won the 1990 Grammy for Album Of The Year.

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyLouis Johnson, bass player of the Brothers Johnson, died May 21st, 2015 at the age of 60.
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 25th 1976 "I'll Be Good To You" by the Brothers Johnson entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #88; and on July 4th it peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 17 weeks it was on the Top 10)
    And on June 6th it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1976 and 1981 they had only six records make the Top 100, but three of them reached the Top 10 (the other two were "Strawberry Letter 23" at #5 in 1977 and "Stomp!" at #7 in 1980).
  • Mark from Albany, NyThis was one of the best songs of all times, Quincy Jones is an amazing producer and the Brothers Johnson (yes they ARE real brothers) are very talented. Great memories with this one.....
  • Charles from Glenside, PaI'm glad to learn that there really were a couple siblings named Johnson involved here. I at one point wondered if the name of this group was actually the 'The Brother's Johnson', with the noun 'brother' being possessive, not plural! Hope I haven't dragged down the quality of discussion here too much.
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