B.T.Express - Formed by Jeff Lane, they hailed from Brooklyn, New York. In 1972 they were known as The King Davis House Rockers, then changing their name to Madison Street Express, and the Brothers Trucking, before settling on B.T. Express. B.T. stands for Brooklyn Transit.
Carrie Lucas - American female R&B vocalist / musician. Born: November 5, 1945, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States In 1976 she was signed to Soul Train Records. Lucas made six albums over seven years with Soul Train and Solar Records
Cashmere - Formed in 1982, after the demise of Heaven And Earth In 1982, the group worked with producer Bryan Loren on their debut album.They recorded only two mid 80's albums.There was personnel change on each album, with Dwight Dukes remaining at the forefront.Their hits "Do It Anyway You Wanna", "Can I" and "Let The Music Turn You On" are considered 80's boogie classics.
Change - Italian Disco-Soul group, based in Bologna, founded by songwriters-producers Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi.Initially they started with guest vocalist Luther Vandross but soon after James Robinson replaced him regularly.In the same mode, Jocelyn Brown was replaced by Deborah Cooper as a main lead vocalist.
Crown Heights Affair - Formed in New York City in the early 70's, by bass player and later manager Donnie Linton. Initially they were called The Nue Day Express.They took their new name from a district of their native Brooklyn. The group comprised Nue Day Express members Donnie Linton (bass) ,Philip Thomas (vocals), William Anderson (guitar, vocals) and Ray Rock (drums, percussion, vocals), alongside James Baynard (trumpet, vocals), Stan Johnson (keyboards), Darryl Gibbs (saxophone) and Julius Dilligard Jr. (vocals).
Curtis Hairston - From Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Hairston was 3 years old when he made his debut as a singer. "My father had asked Curtis to get up in church and sing," said Shirley H. Holloway, Hairston's mother. "He walked up there, reached up and grabbed that microphone like it belonged to him.
Dayton - Soul funk band, formed in Dayton, Ohio. Their line-up included members of Magnum and Sun (7). They released five albums in the first half of the 80's.
David Joseph - British keyboardist - singer - songwriter - producer,Brother to Ken Joseph - both members of the North London brit funk group Hi-Tension. He released one solo album in 1983, produced by Godwin Logie with contributions in songs and instruments by members of Hi-Tension. There were four singles released out of the album, with the most succesfull being the Larry Levan favorite "You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me)".
Dazz Band - Cleveland based funk group, formed by Bobby Harris in the late '70s. Harris merged two Cleveland funk bands: Bell Telefunk and Mother Braintree. After an indefinite number of lineup changes, the end result was a band featuring Harris, Skip Martin III, Pierre DeMudd on horns and vocals, guitarist Eric Fearman, the late bassist Michael Wiley, drummer Isaac Wiley, keyboardist Kevin Frederick, and percussionist Kenny Pettus.
Delegation - British soul vocal group.Formed in Birmingham in 1976,Active between 1976 - 1983.earlier Group is : Ricky Bailey, Ray Patterson, Len Coley.In 1979 Len was replaced by Bruce Dunbar, later they added Texas born vocalist Kathy Bryant, with whom they delivered "It's Your Turn" in 1983.Around which time Ricky and Ray Wrote "Stand Up Reach For The Sky" for Revelation, in 1982.
Evelyn King - Born on 29 June 1960 in Bronx, New York. Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Sister of Johnny King (Her father was a member of The Harptones and The Orioles. Discovered by Theodore Life. Started as a cleaning woman in Sigma Sound Studios. Her biggest hit "Shame" is considered ultimate disco classic, entered the Disco Hall Of Fame in 2004 and has been covered by Zhané and Kim Wilde.
Fat Larry's Band - Philly soul - disco - funk band,Formed in 1976, Philadelphia.Fronted by drummer Fat Larry James. Within a decade they released nine albums at labels as WMOT Records, Fantasy, Virgin and Omni Records. Their biggest hits were "Act Like You Know", "Zoom", "Lookin' For Love".
Grey & Hanks - The Chicago-based performing and songwriting team Zane Grey and Len Ron Hanks wrote songs for Jerry Butler in the early '70's before moving to Los Angeles in 1976,As composers in the '70's, they were highly succesful with songs recorded by L.T.D. 'Back in Love Again' and Tavares' 'Never Had a Love Like This Before,' as well as having Millie Jackson ('The Rising Cost Of Love'), Norman Connors ('Party Town'), Lenny Williams ('If You're In Need Of Love'), Debra Laws ('How Long') and Mystique record their tunes.
Guy - is an American hip hop, R&B and soul group founded in 1987 by singer-songwriters Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling. Hall's younger brother Damion Hall later replaced Gatling has left the group in 1988
High Fashion - At the start in 1980 the band contained three members, Eric McClinton, Meli'sa Morgan and Alyson Williams, all vocalists that were picked and employed by Jacques Fred Petrus in New York that gave them a name associated to the fashion business. They had all an interesting musical background. Eric had earlier worked as a vocalist with The Mike Theodore Orchestra in 1979 and Meli'sa as a vocalist on different Kleeer albums and on A Shade Of Love's funky album in 1982.
Howard Hewett - Jr. (born October 1, 1955) is a Grammy Award winning American singer–songwriter. Hewett rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the Grammy winning R&B/soul vocal group Shalamar.
Instant Funk - Philadelphia based Funk & Disco band.Instant Funk formed in the early 70s by Raymond Earl, Scotty Miller and guitarist Kim Miller originally called The Music Machine. Music Machine started out backing the The T.N.J.'s. In 1971 their manager Jackie Ellis decided to rename the band Instant Funk because of their ability to, "find a groove and lock in to it instantly.
The Jimmy Castor Bunch - James Walter Castor (January 23, 1940 – January 16, 2012) was an American funk, R&B, and soul musician. A multi-instrumentalist, he is credited with vocals, saxophone and composition. He is best known for songs such as "It's Just Begun", "Bertha Butt Boogie", and the biggest hit single, million-seller "Troglodyte (Cave Man).
Chic - Currently called Nile Rodgers & Chic, is an American band that was organized in 1972 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. It recorded many commercially successful disco songs, including "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (1977), "Everybody Dance" (1977), "Le Freak" (1978), "I Want Your Love" (1978), "Good Times" (1979), and "My Forbidden Lover" (1979). The group regarded themselves as a rock band for the disco movement "that made good on hippie peace, love and freedom".In 2017, Chic was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the eleventh time.
Kool & The Gang - Formed by Robert "Kool" Bell, his brother Ronald Bell and a bunch of their New Jersey teenage friends in the mid-60s (then called the Jazziacs), Kool & the Gang played traditional jazz in regional venues for several years, slowly morphing their style to incorporate emerging funk sounds of Sly and the Family Stone and James Brown.
L.A. Boppers - The L.A. Boppers started out as a backing band for Side Effect and was originally called "The Be-Bop Band". Augie Johnson, leader of Side Effect, was able to get the first record deal with Fantasy Records in 1978.
Lakeside - Nine-piece soul funk band ,Formed in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. from the combination of members of two groups - The Montereys and The Nomads. Originally named Ohio Lakeside Express. They met Frank Wilson just before he'd quit Motown and they were signed at ABC Records and they released their debut in 1977 produced by Frank Wilson. In 1978 their manager and friend Dick Griffey founded Solar and signed the group. Norman Whitfield as well had made them an offer for Whitfield Records but Lakeside turned it down. They contributed instead to Willie Hutch' "In Tune" released in Whitfield's label. They also contributed in "Danceland" (from Carrie Lucas' third album in 1979) and produced 7th Wonder's "Stop Before You Break My Heart" (from their third and last album).
L.T.D. - Produced with Larry Mizell & Fonce Mizell in 1976. Jeffrey Osborne's powerful tenor gave the group an edge over other soul groups and with "Love To The World" they peaked at No.07 on the black album charts. They are, as well as for their fine disco pieces, also appreciated for strong soul ballads such as "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)". Jeffrey Osborne left the band around 1980 for a solo career and was replaced by talented soulsters Leslie Wilson (of New Birth fame) and Andre Ray. After 18 year absence from touring and recording Johnny McGhee reformed the group with new lead vocalist Greg Henneghan in 1999.
Mass Production - is an American funk/disco musical group, best known for their 1979 hit, Firecracker. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, the ten-piece group had a series of minor R&B hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. "Firecracker" is commonly misattributed to the similarly named (and sonically/stylistically similar) band Brass Construction. The band consisted of Kevin "D'No" Douglas (bass and vocals), James "Otiste" Drumgole (trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals), Agnes "Tiny" Kelly (lead vocals, vocoder; later replaced by Dee (DeeDee) Henderson), Larry Marshall (lead vocals, percussion, Gregory McCoy (saxophone), Emmanuel Redding (percussion), Ricardo Williams (lead vocals, drums, percussion), Tyrone Williams (keyboards), Rodney Phelps (lead guitar, keyboards) and LeCoy Bryant (rhythm guitar, vocals.
Midnight Star -The group was formed in 1976 at Kentucky State University by trumpeter Reggie Calloway, vocalist Belinda Lipscomb, guitarist/drummer/vocalist Melvin Gentry, bassist Kenneth Gant, multi-instrumentalist Bill Simmons, keyboard player/vocalist Bo Watson and guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Cooper, as a self-contained group. They later added non-KSU student trombonist Vincent Calloway (Reginald's younger brother). A 1978 New York City showcase inspired SOLAR Records chief Dick Griffey to sign the group. They released their debut album The Beginning (1980) with some guest studio musicians. In 1981 their second album, released on Solar Records, Standing Together, reached position #54 on the U.S. R&B chart. In 1982 they released a third album, Victory. Using elected band leader Reggie Calloway's production skills, Midnight Star hit the U.S. R&B chart with early singles "Hot Spot" and "I've Been Watching You". Drummer Bobby Lovelace joined the group in late 1982, freeing Gentry to sing and play guitar exclusively.
Gwen Guthrie - (July 9, 1950 – February 3, 1999) was an American singer-songwriter and pianist, who also sang backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, and Madonna, among others, and who wrote songs made famous by Ben E. King, Angela Bofill and Roberta Flack. Guthrie is well known for her 1986 anthem, "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent", and for her 1986 cover of the song "(They Long to Be) Close to You".
Opus Seven - Soul funk band,Members:Abdul Rahim Jamal Amiyr, Charles Burns (2), Galvin Crisp, Gary Hairston, Sam Hamlin, Jr., Victor Burks, W. T. Robinson.
Rare Gems Odyssey - Based in Los Angeles, was an obscure disco/funk/soul combo that recorded two little-known LPs in the late '70s. The band was formed in 1976, when its six-person lineup consisted of singer Debra Givings, drummer/singer Charles Givings, keyboardist/singer Johnny Ross, guitarist/singer Jimmy Gough, bassist/singer Darryl Coleman, and percussionist/singer Tony Coleman. Produced by Arthur G. Wright, its self-titled debut album came out on Casablanca in 1977; when the LP failed to sell, Casablanca dropped Rare Gems Odyssey.
O'Bryan - McCoy Burnette II, known by his stage name O’Bryan (born December 5, 1961), is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Rafael Cameron - (born 1951) is a Guyanese American singer-songwriter best known for his boogie song "Boogie's Gonna Get Ya", which was remixed by François Kevorkian. His most successful single in his career was, however, "Magic Of You (Like The Way)"/"Get It Off".
Narada Michael Walden - Real Name:Narada Michael Walden (née Michael Walden)Born: 23 April 1952 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.Prolific American Record Producer, Arranger, Multi-Instrumentalist Musician, and formerly Singer-Songwriter.Currently resides in San Rafael, California.
Raw Silk - Was a studio group assembled by producers Ron Dean Miller and Bert Reid, both former members of Crown Heights Affair. Valarie Pettiford performed with the female trio's "Do It To The Music" fame. Though her voice does not grace the record, she replaced the lead singer shortly after and performed all over New York as well as Europe.
Ray Parker Jr - Formed Raydio in 1977. They changed their name to Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio in 1980. Original members: Ray Parker Jr., Vincent Bonham, Arnell Carmichael and Jerry Knight. Additional members: Larry Tolbert, Charles Fearing and Darren CarmichaelFormed as Raydio in 1977. They changed their name to Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio in 1980. Original members: Ray Parker Jr., Vincent Bonham, Arnell Carmichael and Jerry Knight. Additional members: Larry Tolbert, Charles Fearing and Darren Carmichael
Rick James - In 1977 he formed the Stone City Band. His first album “Come Get It” reached position #3 on the R&B charts, “You and I” went gold in September and “Mary Jane”, a barely-disguised hymn to marijuana, hit US R&B #3 in October 1977. He also helped launch the Mary Jane Girls in the mid-1980s. Rick James is also credited for establishing the “Punk Funk” style.
Rose Royce - is an American soul and R&B group. They are best known for several hit singles during the 1970s including "Car Wash", "I Wanna Get Next to You", "I'm Going Down", "Wishing on a Star", and "Love Don't Live Here Anymore".
The S.O.S. Band - (sometimes written SOS Band; abbreviation for Sounds Of Success) is an American R&B and electro-funk group who gained fame in the 1980s. They are best known for the songs "Take Your Time (Do It Right)", "Just Be Good to Me", and "The Finest".
Tyrone Davis - (born Tyrone D. Fettson or Tyrone D. Branch, May 4, 1938 – February 9, 2005) was an American blues and soul singer with a long list of hit records over more than 20 years. Davis had three number 1 hits on the Billboard R&B chart: "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).
Vernon Burch - Real Name:Vernon Darrell Burch Profile:Disco soul singer songwriter & guitarist,Born in 1957, Washington, D.C.Played with Bar-Kays for a few years during the early-1970s before embarking on a solo career.Released six albums between 1975 - 1982.
Shalamar - Formed 1976 in New York, New York, by Soul Train booking agent Dick Griffey and British producer Simon Soussan. The first Shalamar release, Uptown Festival, was recorded by faceless session singers. Griffey and Soussan decided to form a group proper when that single was a success, and plucked members Jody Watley (b. 30th January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.), Jeffrey Daniel (b. 24th August 1957), and Gary Mumford that was replaced by Gerald Brown, from the Soul Train set where they were primarily dancers. Gerald Brown was replaced the following year by Howard Hewett (b. 1st October 1955 in Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.) thus completing the group's best known incarnation.
Sho Nuff - A Mississippi funk band, Sho-Nuff has never attained much commercial success recording for Malaco. The Jackson ensemble began in 1975. Its original members were lead vocalist Frederick Young, guitarist Lawrence Lewis, keyboardist James Lewis, bassist Sky Chambers, drummer Bruce Means, conga player Albert Bell, and Jerod Minnis.
Skyy - (a.k.a. New York Skyy) was an American R&B/funk/disco band based in New York City. They are perhaps best known for their 1981 hit, "Call Me", as well as their 1989 "comeback" hits, "Start of a Romance" and "Real Love".
Shotgun - was a Detroit funk group whose enthusiasm didn't pay off in hit singles. Trumpeter Richard Sebastian, saxophonist Greg Ingram, keyboardist/lead guitarist Billy Talbert, guitarist Ernest Latimore, bassist Larry Austin, drummer/vocalist Tyrone Steels, and percussionist Leslie Carter made entertaining songs in the best Ohio Players/Slave/Cameo mode but never could land the elusive hit. They also toured with Rick James while recording for ABC, MCA, and Montage in the late '70s and early '80s.
Formed in 1978, Annapolis, Maryland under the groupname "Lycindiana", which name was a combination of three related females. Comprised of four brothers Ernesto Phillips, Orlando Phillips, George Phillips and Gregory Phillips and their friend from the late 60's Ky Adeyemo, plus Ernesto Phillips long time lover, singer Renee Diggs. They released ten albums in the 80's, produced mainly by Lionel Job. Their biggest hit (their sole top 40 hit in the U.S. pop chart) is "Object Of My DesireFormed in 1978, Annapolis, Maryland under the groupname "Lycindiana", which name was a combination of three related females. Comprised of four brothers Ernesto Phillips, Orlando Phillips, George Phillips and Gregory Phillips and their friend from the late 60's Ky Adeyemo, plus Ernesto Phillips long time lover, singer Renee Diggs. They released ten albums in the 80's, produced mainly by Lionel Job. Their biggest hit (their sole top 40 hit in the U.S. pop chart) is "Object Of My Desire
Starpoint - Formed in 1978, Annapolis, Maryland under the groupname "Lycindiana", which name was a combination of three related females. Comprised of four brothers Ernesto Phillips, Orlando Phillips, George Phillips and Gregory Phillips and their friend from the late 60's Ky Adeyemo, plus Ernesto Phillips long time lover, singer Renee Diggs.They released ten albums in the 80's, produced mainly by Lionel Job. Their biggest hit (their sole top 40 hit in the U.S. pop chart) is "Object Of My Desire
Steve Arrington - Drummer He joined the funk group Slave (founded 1975) on their third LP, called The Concept, in 1978 – originally to play percussion, then later becoming the drummer and a backing vocalist. Eventually Arrington took over lead vocals, singing on the hit singles "Just a Touch of Love", "Watching You" (which has been sampled by Snoop Dogg) and "Wait for Me".
Sun - is an R&B, soul, disco, and funk band that was formed in the mid-1970s and recorded prolifically for Capitol Records from 1976 to 1984. The band was founded by Byron Byrd in Dayton, Ohio, in 1976. Additional members included Kym Yancey, Chris Jones, Gary King, John Wagner, Hollis Melson, and Shawn Sandridge.
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The Olympic Runners - were a 1970s British funk band, put together by record producer Mike Vernon who also played percussion, and fronted by singer George Chandler. They also included multi-instrumentalist Pete Wingfield, and had a number of hit singles in both the US and UK.
Aurra - Disco soul funk group from Dayton, Ohio,Formed in 1979 as a spin-off from Slave and originally consisted of Starleana Young (lead vocals, percussion), Curt Jones (lead vocals, guitar, percussion), Charles Carter (keyboards, flute, percussion, sax, vocals) and Buddy Hankerson (bass). But just like Slave, Aurra was not a group in the strict sense of the word, more like an extended family, where members from both camps collaborated freely across the borders that record contracts, managers and personal egos normally sets up.
52ND Street - British jazz-funk and R&B band formed in Manchester in 1980.Their original line-up included Tony Henry on guitar, Derek Johnson on bass, Desmond Isaacs on keyboards, Tony Thompson on drums and Jennifer McCloud on vocals. Within six months John Dennison had replaced Desmond Isaacs on keyboards and Beverly McDonald had replaced Jennifer McCloud. Initially they were chased by two major UK
Atlantic Starr began in Greenburgh, New York with trumpeter Duke Jones (who left the band prior to their first recordings), drummer Porter Carroll Jr., bassist Clifford Archer, percussionist and flautist Joseph Phillips, Sheldon Tucker (Guitar; parted ways with the band before the first recordings), and three brothers: David Lewis (vocals/guitar), Wayne Lewis (keyboards and vocals), and Jonathan Lewis (percussion and trombone). The band's membership eventually stabilized around Carroll, Archer, Phillips, the three Lewis brothers, lead singer Sharon Bryant (who was later replaced by Barbara Weathers), trumpeter William Sudderth III, and saxophonist Damon Rentie (who was later replaced by Koran Daniels). In 1977, the band came to Westwood, California and performed on the nightclub scene under the name "Newban," which they agreed to change at the request of A&M Records executive Herb Alpert when they were signed. Having already agreed to keep the Starr part of an early idea for a new band name, the members decided to add the word Atlantic, because of their East Coast roots. The nine-member band were now A&M employees.
T-Connection - Late 70s funk and disco band from Nassau, Bahamas who moved to Miami and signed to TK Records where they released a number of funky disco classics. The group consisted of the band leader Theophilus Coakley, Kirkwood Coakley on bass and drums, David Mackey on guitar, and Anthony Flowers on drums and percussion. They broke up in the early 80s having signed to Capitol Records and released several albums.
Bill Summers - (b. May 20, 1948) is a New Orleans based Afro-Cuban jazz/Latin jazz percussionist, a multi-instrumentalist who plays primarily on conga drums. Summers is probably most well known due to his work with Los Hombres Calientes along with his friend and co-leader of the group, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield.
Shock - In 1981, after the release of their breakout single "Let's Get Crackin," Rolling Stone magazine picked Shock as one of the top ten new artists of the decade. With comparisons to P Funk, Earth Wind and Fire, and Cameo, the expectations were high. And although the band did follow up with subsequent hits "Electrophonic Funk" (1982) and "Waiting on Your Love" (1983), a constellation of factors eventually brought this 1st chapter of Shock to a close
Ollie Baba - Members:Deborah Thomas, Michael McGloiry, Ollie Brown, René Moore
Juggy Murray Jones - Real Name:Henry Murray Jr.Profile:Record label owner (Jupiter Records, Jupiter Jazz, Sue Records Inc., Sue Records International, Symbol Records producer, singer and songwriter.
Houseband - In 1973 the band starts by accompanying VPRO's radio shows and soon after begins to record its first own music. Key members of the band include Peter Smid, Pieter Gerristen, Harry Hardholt and Frank Sutherland. After changing from funk to soul-gospel and having a continiously changing line-up the band stops in 1981. The members at that time were:Harry Hardholt (Guitar & Vocals)Peter Smid (Bass, Guitar & Vocals)Lisa Schulte Nordholt (aka Lisa Boray) (Vocals)Pieter Gerritsen (Organ)David Weiss (Drums)
The Chocolate Jam Co. - Studio soul - jazz funk assemblage - Led by singer - songwriter - drummer - producer Leon Ndugu Chancler.Released two albums in the late 70's.Among his highlights included "Take Some Time".
Miami - Soul/funk/disco band from Miami, Florida. Formed by producer/songwriter Willie Clarke in 1974, the original line-up comprised of Andrew Curran (guitar), Willie Jackson (bass), Robert Moore (vocals), George Perry (bass), Freddie Scott (drums), Warren Thompson (guitar), Bobby Williams (organ) and Clarke himself on percussion.
Patrice Rushen - (born September 30, 1954) is an American jazz pianist and R&B singer. She is also a composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music director. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts. "Haven't You Heard" went to number 7 on the R&B charts, with "Forget Me Nots" as her only top 40 pop hit in the United States.
Prince - (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. A guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist known for his genre-crossing work, wide-ranging singing voice, and flamboyant stage appearances, he is regarded as one of the most influential musicians in the history of popular music.[better source needed] His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. Prince pioneered the late 1970s Minneapolis sound, a funk rock subgenre drawing from synth-pop and new wave
The Fatback Band - (later, simply Fatback) is an American funk and disco band that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s. The Fatback Band is most known for their R&B hits, "(Do the) Spanish Hustle", "I Like Girls", "Gotta Get My Hands on Some (Money)", "Backstrokin'" and "I Found Lovin".
Al Hudson & the Soul Partners - Detroit vocalist Al Hudson, guitarist Dave Roberson and bassist Kevin McCord founded Al Hudson and the Soul Partners in the mid '70s. Other members included keyboardists Jack Hall and Jonathan “Corky” Meadows, drummers Theodore Dudley and Gregory Greene and guitarist Cortez Harris. They recorded several singles for Atco Records before joining ABC Records and made their debut with the LP Especially for You in 1977.They recorded their second album Cherish that same year and released their third album Spreading Love in 1978.
One Way - was an American R&B and funk band that was popular in the late 1970s, and throughout most of the 1980s, led by singer Al Hudson. The group's most successful record was "Cutie Pie", which reached no.4 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and no.61 on the pop chart in 1982.
Earth, Wind & Fire - (abbreviated as EW&F or simply EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop.They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful acts of all time. Rolling Stone called them "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". VH1 has also described EWF as "one of the greatest bands" ever.
Con Funk Shun - American soul funk disco band, active mainly between 1976 and 1986. They have produced several hit records, including "Ffun", a Billboard magazine "#1 With A Bullet" Top R&B Single. The group recorded a total of 11 albums with Mercury Records. Con Funk Shun was formed in Vallejo, California in 1969 by high-school classmates Louis A. McCall and Michael Cooper. With Louis on drums and percussion and Michael providing lead vocals and lead guitar, the group went on to include Karl Fuller (trumpet), Paul Harrell (saxophone/flute), Cedric Martin (bass guitar), Danny Thomas (keyboards), and Felton C. Pilate II (trombone/lead vocals).
Jean Carn - Soul - disco - jazz singer,Born on 15.03.1947 in Columbus, Georgia, USA.Her voice has a wide five octave range.She began her recording career with her then-husband, pianist Doug Carn, founder of Black Jazz Records.They recorded three early 70's albums together.Then she started doing back vocals for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Norman Connors.
Womack & Womack - was the singing and songwriting partnership of American musicians Linda Womack and her husband, Cecil Womack. The duo were successful as songwriters for other artists, and had several international hits as a singing duo in the 1980s and 1990s.
Chaka Khan - Yvette Marie Stevens (born March 23, 1953), better known by her stage name Chaka Khan, is an American singer and songwriter. Her career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the funk band Rufus. Khan received public attention for her vocals and image. Known as the "Queen of Funk", Khan was the first R&B artist to have a crossover hit featuring a rapper, with "I Feel for You" in 1984. Khan has won ten Grammy Awards and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.
Michael Jackson - (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers in the history of music. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Through stage and video performances, he popularized complicated dance techniques such as the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His sound and style have influenced artists of various genres.
Alfonzo - Real Name:Alfonzo Lee Jones Soul-boogie singer - songwriter who hails from Los Angeles. Upon entry into college, he continued his study of music. majoring in music at the Los Angeles Community College where he also became a pitcher on the college's baseball team. After achieving such honors as Most Valuable Player (MVP) on his college baseball team, alfonzo was drafted and offered a contract to play for the San Francisco Giant's' professional baseball organization. Faced with the choice of whether to play baseball professionally or continue his musical career, he chose his first love⎯music. He had three hits in 1983 - "Girl, You Are The One", "Change The World" and "Your Booty Makes Me Moody".
Frank Hooker and Positive People - were an R&B group from the late ’70s\early ’80s. The group consisted of Frank Hooker (born Frank Ruppert Hooker in 1946), Al Williams, Calvin Charity, Gladys Matthews, Randy Choice, Warren Smith & Willie Vazquez.
Morris Day - Real Name:Morris E. DaySoul - funk singer - songwriter,One of the leading figures in Minneapolis funk scene.Born on 13.12.1956 in Minneapolis, MN, U.S.He was in a high school band called Grand Central and then Shampayne, with Prince and André Cymone.He became the lead singer of The Time, releasing five albums with them, counting the last one as The Original 7ven.He pursued a solo career in 1985 with four albums, in total up till 2004.He played a role in the movies "Purple Rain" and "Graffitti Bridge".In 1985 he duetted with Vanity on "Mechanical Emotion".
Oliver Cheatham - American R&B singer, born 24 February 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, died of a heart attack 29 November 2013 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.In spring 1983 his biggest hit "Get Down Saturday Night" was released. In 1993 Oliver Cheatham made an appearance with Barrio Debajo on the track "Gotta Let Yourself Go", which was based on his old hit-record.
Mary Jane Girls - The Mary Jane Girls were brought together by Rick James in 1979, hired as back-up singers for his tour. It is believed that with the formation of rival Prince's sexy new girl group Vanity 6 in 1982, James wished to compete with his own sexy quartet. He got a deal for the girls on Motown and gave them their group name, which was based on his funk hit Mary Jane (an obvious reference to his beloved marijuana).
Bobby Nunn - Funk/groove, soul and R&B singer, producer and songwriter from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s (Motown Records). Brother of Billy Nunn. Worked with the likes of Rick James, Philip Bailey among others.
Kinsman Dazz - Formed in 1976, growing out of the Cleveland - Ohio jazz fusion band, Bell Telefunk, composed of lead guitarist - songwriter Michael Calhoun, percussionist Kenny Pettus, drummer Isaac Wiley, Jr. his brother, bassist Michael Wiley, vocalist Ron Thatch and the band Mother Braintree.The group became known as Kinsman Dazz, amed after both the street and the lounge where they worked as the house band: Sonny Jones' Kinsman GrillLounge. The group adopted its name before the song "Dazz" became an R&B hit for Atlanta's Brick in 1976. Kinsman Dazz was signed to 20th Century Fox Records by Joe Lewis in 1978.
Five Special - Formed 1978 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.Disbanded 1981.They got off to a promising start in 1979, as their Elektra single "Why Leave Us Alone" made it to No.9 on the R&B charts. It was their lone big hit, though they recorded three albums.
A Taste Of Honey - Profile:Disco and Soul group.Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1972.They signed to Capitol Records when producers - songwriters - brothers Larry Mizell & Fonce Mizell suggested them to the label.They became the first black group to win a Best New Artist Grammy at the 1979 awards.In 1980 the quartet reduced to a duo consisted of the two girls - songwriters and guitarists.
Switch - Soul, funk and disco sextet, formed in Mansfield, Ohio in 1974 with 3 members from Grand Rapids (Michigan) and 3 other members from Akron (Ohio). At the time, they called themselves First Class. They then joined Barry White’s White Heat as backing band musicians and were let go shortly thereafter. Eventually changing their name to Switch due to their ability to ‘switch’ to different instruments during a song, the group got the attention of Jermaine Jackson who heard the group’s demo tape and within days the group was promptly signed to the Motown Records subsidiary label, Gordy. There, they recorded and released their self titled debut album in 1978.
Positive Force - Formed in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. by Brenda Reynolds and Albert Williams. Other member was Vickie Drayton. Positive Force featured also six male singers along with two female vocalists and evolved in 1982 into Positive Express for a second album, entitled Positive Express - Changin' Times, a joint venture by Victory and Sugarhill Records.
Platinum Hook - Profile:US discofunk/soul band, previously recording as the "Soul Dukes". The group changed their name to "Platinum Hook" in 1976.Members line-up:Stephen Daniel: Drums, percussion, lead and background ,vocals Tina Renne Stanford: Percussion,lead and background vocals,Robert Douglas: Keyboards, background vocals Elisha 'Skipp' Ingrams: Bass, background vocals.Victor Jones: Guitar, background vocals,Robin David Carley: Saxophone, flute, bird calls and background vocals,Glenn Wallace: Trombone, background vocals
Juicy - was an American musical duo consisting of siblings Jerry Barnes and Katreese Barnes (January 3, 1963 – August 3, 2019). The group is best known for the songs "Sugar Free" and Beat Street feature song "Beat Street Strut".
Tyrone Brunson - Profile:US Bassist - Singer - Songwriter - Producer (* 22 March 1956 – † 25 May 2013). Hails from Washington, D.C.He played in local funk bands in the 70's, most famous of them Osiris.In 1982 he was signed to the Columbia-distributed Believe In A Dream.His first single, the instrumental "The Smurf", tapped into what was then a New York dance craze, and the song won international club recognition. But when the smurf trend cooled, so did Brunson.He could not follow up the success of this single, although he did release three albums through the 80's.Later he did background vocals for Levert.
Gayle Adams - Profile:American disco singer and songwriter, born in Washington, D.C. She recorded two albums for the dance-oriented Prelude Records label in the early 1980s. Her biggest hits are "Stretchin' Out" (1981) and "Love Fever" (1982).
Ca$hflow - Profile:R'n'b - funk band from Atlanta, GA, associated with Cameo. Released two mid-80s albums, their biggest hit was "Mine All Mine".
Total Contrast - was a male duo from England, specialising in soul and electro music. They are well known for their 1985 hit "Takes a Little Time", which made number 1 on the US dance chart and number 17 in the UK. The group formed in 1983 consisting of members Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray.
Ingram - Profile:The Ingram family.Members:Barbara Ingram, Jimmy Ingram, John Ingram, Robert Ingram, Sharon Ingram, Virginia Ingram, William Ingram
D-Train - James Nelson Williams (born January 26, 1962), known by the stage name D Train, is an American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1980s with the release of his first album “You're the One for Me” (working with songwriter/producer Hubert Eaves III initially as a duo), which spawned his first US Billboard Dance chart number-one hit, "You're the One for Me". His debut album (under the Prelude Records label) would also chart with the hits "Keep On" and the much covered Burt Bacharach hit "Walk on By".
The Conway Brothers - were an American vocal and instrumental group from Chicago, Illinois, made up of brothers Frederick (keyboards), Hiawatha (drums), Huston (bass), and James (guitar). They are best known for their single "Turn It Up", which reached no. 11 on the UK Singles Chart in 1985.
Serge Ponsar - Profile:One-album french-born soul boogie singer - songwriter - producer.Based in U.S.He had a wonderful dance hit with "Out In The Night".Died in Paris on April 4th, 1993.
Tawatha - (born November 14, 1954, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American background singer and songwriter. Her voice has been described in the New York Times as an "acrobatic, gospel-charged soprano". She was the lead singer from the soul/R&B band, Mtume, whose soulful lead voice that was featured on the 1983 R&B hit, "Juicy Fruit".
Silver Platinum- Profile:Miami disco - funk one-album trio:Gary Cooper , Jerry McCormick, Michael Johnson.
LeVert - Was an American R&B vocal group from Cleveland, Ohio, United States.Formed in 1983, LeVert was composed of Sean and Gerald Levert (sons of Eddie Levert, founder and lead singer of R&B/Soul vocal group O'Jays) and Marc Gordon.
Ashford & Simpson - Profile:Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were a husband and wife songwriting-production team. They started writing and recording together in 1964, and two years later wrote their first hit song - "Let's Go Get Stoned", recorded by Ray Charles. They then took up staff positions at Motown, where they wrote and produced hits for Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross.
Magic Lady - Profile:From Detroit, Magic Lady started as a female trio & later became a duo. The group formed by Linda Stokes and her husband Michael Stokes. They served as background vocalists for Enchantment, Bob Seger, Keith Barrow and Soul Searchers.
Alicia Myers - Profile:Funk soul & disco singer.Born in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. She moved to Los Angeles in 1972 where she won a talent contest along with her brother Jackie Myers. She joined One Way and from 1981 she went solo, releasing four albums till 1984. She made a comeback with a fifth 2011 album. Her biggest hit is "I Want To Thank You" produced by Irene Perkins and Kevin McCord, No.5 in 1980, in Billboard R'n'B chart.
The Real Thing - are a British soul group formed in the 1970s. In addition to a string of British hits, the band charted internationally with their song "You to Me Are Everything", which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 28 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. By number of sales, they were the most successful black rock/soul act in England during the 1970s.
Marc Sadane - Real Name:Marcus Sadane,Profile:Born in Savannah, Georgia, Marc moved to New York in the 1970s, where he established himself on the club scene, befriended Phyllis Hyman and Stephanie Mills and worked with James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, the production duo behind their most successful tracks. Marc released two albums on Warner Brothers in the early 80s, both produced by Mtume and Lucas, and contributed to the New York garage scene in the early-mid 90s, as Sir Dane, on tracks produced by B.O.P., Ace Mungin and Tyrone Payton.
The O'Jays - Profile:The group was originally formed as The Mascots in Canton, Ohio in 1958 by gospel duo Eddie Levert (b. June 16, 1942) and Walter Williams (b. August 25, 1943). Also featuring William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles, The Mascots made their recording debut in 1961 with "Miracles." The group made quite an impression on Cleveland D.J. Eddie O'Jay, who played their single often and gave them career advice. In return, they paid tribute to him by renaming themselves The O'Jays.
Shadow - was a music group in the funk-soul genre that was a spin-off from the Ohio Players. They released three albums on the Elektra label. They were Love Lite in 1979, Shadow in 1980, and Shadows in the Street in 1981. They also released a number of singles over the period from 1979 to 1981. There seems to be a degree of mystery as to who the actual members of the group were.
Stargard - Profile:American R&B/Disco female vocal group best known for recording the hit song Which Way Is Up produced by Norman Whitfield and Mark Davis. This release was the title track and main theme song from Richard Pryor's movie soundtrack for "Which Way Is Up." And they also included this track on the their self-titled debut album, Stargard, which spent two weeks at 'Number One' on the Billboard R&B charts in February, 1978. Stargard's hit single also peaked at number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts and number twelve on the Disco charts.
Candi Staton – her life has been unstoppable,” says legendary soul singer Candi Staton, explaining the title of her 30th album, Unstoppable (Beracah/Thirty Tigers). “It’s been a wonderful life, but it hasn’t been a normal life.”That’s putting it mildly. Over the course of her 50-year career, Staton has seen more than her fair share of highs and lows. She’s scored hits in every decade of that span, in styles ranging from R&B (“I’m Just a Prisoner” and her iconic cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man”) to disco (the oft-covered “Young Hearts Run Free” and her song-stealing version of the Bee Gees’ “Nights on Broadway”) to electronic dance music (“Hallelujah Anyway,” “You Got the Love”). Along the way, she’s had more comebacks than a prize fighter, garnered four Grammy nominations, and won over generations of fans with her powerhouse voice and timeless songs.
Sunfire - Profile:Soul/Funk trio based in New York. They are best remembered for "Young, Free and Single" written by Rowland Smith, produced by Reggie Lucas and released by Warner Brothers in 1982.Members:Raymond Calhoun, Reggie Lucas, Rowland Smith.
The Valentine Brothers - From Columbus, Ohio, brothers John and William 'Billy' Valentine first recorded together as The Valentine Brothers in the late 70's, their debut album being the Richard Evans produced 'The Valentine Brothers' for the Source label in 1979.
Charles Veal Jr., 3rd August 1947, Flint, Missouri, U.S.A. d. 23rd January 2009, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.Charles Veal was a violinist and an arranger.Charles worked consistently in the 70's and '80's as a concert-master, arranging and conducting strings on albums for numerous R & B artists, including Creative Source ('Pass The Feeling On'), George Duke, Webster Lewis, Carole King and Be Be & Ce Ce Winans.
Brandi Wells - Bannister Profile:born 13/05/1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.d. 24/03/2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.Born Marguerite J. Pinder in Chester, Pennsylvania, one of five daughters.Brandi sang with Fat Larry's Band, Breeze, and Slick before starting a solo career. Her debut album, "Watch Out", appeared in 1981 on Fantasy Records and reached #37 on the US Billboard R&B chart. The title track also peaked at #74 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1982. "Watch Out" proved to be her only hit, although she released a follow-up LP in 1985.Brandi sadly passed away from breast cancer in her native Chester, Pennsylvania in March 2003, aged 47 years.
Jean Wells - Profile:b. 01/08/1942 in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.Jean cut her first two records for local Philadeplhia label Quaker Town in 1964. After a brief stint at ABC records the year after, which resulted in just one 45, she moved to Morris Levy´s Calla records in 1966 or 67 where she had the bulk of her material released. Over the next two years she released eight 45s and one LP ("Here Comes Jean Wells" )
Terri Wells - Profile:Soul - disco - boogie singer,Hails from Philadelphia,Sang in church before being old enough to sing in clubs.She and some local friends formed City Limits, who signed briefly to TSOP in the mid-70's.When the group disbanded, Dexter Wansel hired her as a session singer at Philadelphia International Records.For the next few years she both toured and recorded with artists including Lou Rawls, MFSB, Leon Huff, Jean Carn and Dexter Wansel (singing on "Love Is Everywhere", "Life On Mars" and lead on "The Sweetest Pain").
Audrey Wheeler - Profile:Audrey Wheeler is a top New York-based session singer.Her recording career began in the early 1980's when Bert Reid, Ray Rock and William Anderson, former members of 1970's disco band Crown Heights Affair were looking for a female singer for a new group they were forming.She has recorded backing vocals for numerous artists through the 1980's including Najee, Atlantic Starr, Eric Gable, Freddie Jackson, Glenn Jones, James "D-Train" Williams and many more.Between 1981-3 she sang as lead vocalist with Unlimited Touch ('Seaching To Find The One'), and in 1985 was the featured vocalist on 'Step By Step' by Jeff Lorber.
Larry Wu - Session musician (a.k.a. Larry Wedgeworth) hails from New York and is a singer, songwriter and roducer.Larry first appearred on the music scene in 1980 with an unusual single entitled 'No More Games' on the Massachusetts based label Groovehall Records under the name of Larry Wedgeworth And Clique.The single was unusual in as much as it was recorded as the 'Official Fight Song Of The Boston Celtics'.After a move to Atlantic Records, Larry recorded 'Let Me Show You' in 1984 under his other name of Larry Wu.The track has since become highly sought after on the U.K. soul scene.
Michael Wycoff - Profile:Soul singer - songwriter - pianist - arranger,Born: January 1, 1956, Torrance, California, U.S.A.Died: March 13, 2019, California, U.S.A. Pancreatic cancer.Based in Los Angeles, California, he contributed in the seminal Stevie Wonder's album "Songs In The Key Of Life" and went on to participate in 7th Wonder's and Natalie Cole albums. He signed at RCA in 1980 and he released three albums between 1981 - 1983, collaborating with such producers as Steve Tyrell on his debut and Webster Lewis. His biggest crossover hit was the classic 1982 single "Looking Up To You" that was sampled in Zhané's 1993 smash "Hey Mr. DJ". He has also duetted with Evelyn King and Merry Clayton.
Gwen McCrae - for over three decades, has been a soul and blues powerhouse singer entertaining audiences worldwide. She started out singing as a child with her mother who played piano in church.With a heartfelt phrasing for the blues and thespirit-filled sounds from her soul, Gwen has entertained audiences in countless sold-out venues and set her music in a Blues and Soul category of its own. Since the early '60s, Gwen has paid her dues, on tour with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, James Brown, The Temptations, The O Jays, Spinners, James Cleveland and many more,Gwen's entertaining has included concerts at The Apollo Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Cow Palace in LA,Disneyland, television shows such as “American Band Stand”, “Soul Train”, “Midnight Special”,“In Concert”, as well as various venues throughout the world in London, Paris, Germany, Scotland,and Venice, just to mention a few.
In 1978, when I was 17, I was a DJ at the (notorious) Sjangri-La club in Heerlen (the Netherlands) where i played funk music and I was very proud of that, later I played in several clubs such as the coconut groove and the sounds in Aachen (Germany),here’s a collection of records that I played then.