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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 72)(aged|
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, pop rock, beat, jazz-fusion, folk rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, piano|
|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 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".
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