The Urban Buzz sends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Augie Johnson, founder of the group Side Effect. Augie passed in his sleep last weekend in Los Angeles. He complained on not feeling well on Friday night and went to bed, only to be found expired by his fiancée on Saturday morning. Augie was 65.

It was just a week ago that Augie and his current group Augie’s Side Effect serenaded the fine folks at the Music Industry’s 5th Annual Legends & Icons Picnic. Augie was a friend for some 30+ years. He will truly be missed.

Here is a statement from the family:

On behalf of the Johnson family, we would like to thank you for your overwhelming love and support during the passing of our beloved August “Augie” William Johnson. We are consumed with grief and ask that you hold your calls and text messages. Soon we will release information on the public memorial service and ask that you respect the privacy of the family at this time. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will be on his love for life & people and not his death.

Cards and expressions of love can be sent to:

Augie Johnson

c/o Shades of Music Entertainment

PO BOX 6506

San Pedro, CA 90734

Further inquiries can be directed to:Publicist Lisa Humphrey – Premier Concepts PR, email: [email protected] or call 310.605.5472. Thank you for understanding.

A public memorial service has been scheduled:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

10:00 a.m.- 12 noon

Centinela Valley Performing Arts Center

14901 S. Inglewood Avenue

Lawndale, CA  90260

Located just north of the corner of Inglewood and Marine Avenues

One block north on Inglewood Avenue off the 405 Freeway


Augie, Kathy Sledge and Augie’s Side Effect