*Wow, this is one of those “How can it be, I just saw him” moments.
That’s surely what it’s like for hundreds of record and radio industry associates who were at the annual “Legends and Icons” picnic at Woodley Park in LA’s San Fernando Valley last Sunday.
Augie Johnson and his Side Effect crew was there like everyone else having a great time as folks reminisced about the good ol’ days, family and all kinds of stuff like that.
Augie and Side Effect even regaled the picnic-ers with some of their acapella styling. In fact the song they sang features their female vocalist who wasn’t present, so Kathy Sledge (of the legendary Sister Sledge) , who was also there, helped the guys out as you can see from the picture below.
We don’t have specific details, but EUR was told that Johnson apparently died in his sleep Friday night and his girlfriend discovered him Saturday morning. She says he told her he wasn’t feeling well and was going to bed. She reportedly called him several times Saturday morning, but since he didn’t answer, she went to his place and found him dead.
EUR will have more details as they develop.
Let’s remember Augie by flashing back and checking out Side Effect’s classic “Always There” from their appearance on Soul Train: