Introduction to GQ

GQ

Introduction GQ was an American disco and R&B group who scored a handful of hits on the disco and R&B charts throughout the 70s music era, and they continued their hitmaking prowess in the 1980s. These hits include “I Do Love You,” “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” and “Sad Girl,” all disco and oldies … Read more

Con Funk Shun

Con Funk Shun

Introduction Con Funk Shun is a funk and R&B band formed during the late 1960s. From a backup band, Con Funk Shun eventually came out on their own with their string of R&B chart hits during the 70s music era. Among their biggest hits are “Ffun,” which is now an obscure oldies … Read more

Artists Profile: Prince

Prince

Introduction Prince (born Prince Rodgers Nelson) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his groundbreaking, eclectic style and flamboyant stage presence. He is multi-talented artist who plays a variety of instruments and is known for his genre-bending songs with predominantly sensual lyrics. Most of his popular songs are his hits during … Read more

Artist Biography: Brass Construction

Brass Construction

Introduction Brass Construction is a now-defunct Brooklyn-based funk group formed in 1968. During the mid-70s music era they achieved a Top 20 hit with “Movin,” the biggest hit of their career and now one of the oldies music classic funk tunes. Much of their releases became minor hits including “Changin” (1976), “Ha … Read more

Brick and Their Disco Hit “Dazz”

Brick

Introduction Consisting of Jimmy Brown, Regi Hargis Hickman, Ray Ransom and Eddie Irons, Brick is an American funk/R&B, disco group known for their hit “Dazz” during the mid-70s music era. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972, the group created the term “dazz” for the members were came from two different bands with … Read more

The Funk Music of Bloodstone

Bloodstone

Introduction to Bloodstone Bloodstone is a American funk/R&B/soul act formed in Kansas City, Missouri during the early 1960s. Led by guitarist and lead singer Charles Love, they were initially a doo-wop group, but as the years followed Bloodstone had begun to change gears and evolve to become one of the most recognizable … Read more

The Story and Music of Little Milton

Little Milton

Introduction to Little Milton Little Milton (born James Milton Campbell Jr.) was an R&B/soul/blues singer, guitarist and also a sometime record label producer.  Although not as notable as the more contemporary B.B. King or Bobby Bland (whom he was compared to), Little Milton otherwise had a prolific career.  Born in Mississippi in … Read more

The Story and Music of Leon Haywood

Leon Haywood

Introduction to Leon Haywood Leon Haywood (born in 1942 in Houston, Texas) is an American funk/soul singer-songwriter and keyboardist, as well as record producer whose works were prominent during the 70s music era. Haywood moved to Los Angeles, California during the early 1960s, having toured and recorded with saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, … Read more

One Hit Wonders of the 1980s

one hit wonders of the 1980s

  The term “one-hit wonder” refers to an artist who enjoys a hit on the national US chart — most specifically the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40. Other factors such as hits on Billboard’s genre-specific charts, success in other regions or countries, or membership in more prominent acts won’t affect an artist’s … Read more

Introduction to Gonzalez

Gonzalez

Career summary Gonzalez was a British band, specializing on R&B and funk. Personnel change occurred too frequently and amounted to over 30 musicians that came and left. The original lineup consisted of Godfrey McLean and Bobby Tench, to be rounded out by Delisle Harper and Lennox Langton. Tench left later on to … Read more

The Music of L.T.D.

L.T.D.

Introduction to L.T.D. L.T.D. is a North Carolina-originated R&B/funk group who are known for their hits such as “Love Ballad,” “We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love,” “Where Did We Go Wrong,” and their most popular, “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again.” Formerly as Love Men Ltd., the group then … Read more

King Floyd – “Groove Me”

King Floyd

Introduction to King Floyd King Floyd was an American soul and funk singer and songwriter. After his time in the military he went to try his luck in the music field. But his debut album A Man In Love didn’t chart, he returned to New Orleans in 1969. He was then invited … Read more

The Crusaders – “Street Life”

The Crusaders

  Introduction to the Crusaders The Crusaders are a group of musicians who are distinctively versatile — having their roots in jazz, they eventually embraced other genres such as soul and funk. Originally as the Jazz Crusaders, in 1971, they changed their name to just The Crusaders. The Crusaders attained crossover appeal … Read more

Jean Knight – “Mr. Big Stuff”

Jean Knight

Jean Knight’s short career summary Known for her huge hit single “Mr. Big Stuff,” Grammy-nominated soul and funk singer Jean Knight was a promising artist before internal strife within her label, Stax Records, prompted her to leave. After Stax, she recorded more songs under various small-time labels, but none of them gained … Read more