Introduction to the Whispers

the Whispers

Starting on R&B and soul R&B/soul/dance vocal group The Whispers formed in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The founding members included: twin brothers Wallace (aka “Scotty”) and Walter Scott, Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson, and Nicolas Caldwell. In the year that they were established, The Whispers signed up on … Read more

Gloria Gaynor – The Queen of Disco

Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor is an American and former disco singer, best known for the massively famous disco hit “I Will Survive.” After releasing moderately-known singles, in 1978 Gaynor recorded and released “I Will Survive” originally as a B-side to the single “Substitute.” But “I Will Survive” was seen as having more hit potential, … Read more

5000 Volts – “I’m on Fire”

5000 Volts

Introduction to the 5000 Volts 5000 Volts were a British R&B/dance group formed in London in 1974. Their single “I’m On Fire” (which was originally a B-side recording) finally became the group’s first (and international) hit in 1975, becoming a smash not only in the UK but some parts of Europe as … Read more

The Music of Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Introduction Known for their global hit “You Sexy Thing,” British pop band Hot Chocolate started out in 1969, formed by Errol Brown, in Brixton, southwest London. Formed in 1969, their first record was their reggae cover of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” In 1970, songwriter/producer Mickie Most started to build them … Read more

Facts of Life – “Sometimes”

Facts of Life

Brief career summary Facts of Life was an American soul and disco group, assembled in the 1970s by singer Millie Jackson. Signed to Kayvette label, their first single was “Caught In Middle” which became a regional hit in the South but didn’t chart nationally. However, their second single “Sometimes” (their cover of … Read more

Introduction to Rose Royce

Rose Royce

Formation as Total Concept Unlimited Formed in Los Angeles, California, the band that would be Rose Royce started as an eight-piece collective sometime in 1973. The group comprised of drummer Henry Garner, conga player Terral “Terry” Santiel, bassist Lequient “Duke” Jobe, trumpeter/lead vocalist Kenny Copeland, saxophonist Kenny Copeland, guitarist and another lead … Read more

Introduction to Average White Band

Average White Band

The band’s career in summary Average White Band (AWB) is a Scottish funk, disco, soul and R&B band that had their biggest success from 1974-1980. The 1974 band consisted of Malcolm “Molly” Duncan (tenor saxophone), Roger Ball (keyboards, saxophone), Onnie McIntyre (vocals, rhythm guitar), Alan Gorrie (guitar, bass guitar and vocals), Hamish … Read more

KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band

The band’s career in a summary KC and the Sunshine Band is an American funk/R&B/disco group known for their hits such as “Please Don’t Go,” “Give It Up,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” and “That’s The Way (I Like It).” Hailing from Miami, … Read more

Andy Gibb – A Teen Idol Lost

Andy Gibb

Short career summary on Andy Gibb Andy Gibb was a British/Australian singer-­songwriter, the youngest of the Gibb brothers also known as the Bee Gees. Born in Manchester, England in 1958, Andy had also gone to Australia to hone his talents at the suggestion of his older brother Barry. It proved to be … Read more

The Bee Gees and Their Music

The Bee Gees, from top to bottom, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb

One of the most famous groups of all time, the Bee Gees are a British-Australian group who catapulted into worldwide fame during the 1970s disco era. The Bee Gee’s sound can also be easily identified by their tight, famous three-vocal harmonies, with Barry’s falsetto becoming the band’s trademark. It is that kind … Read more