History of Little Feat

Little Feat

Formation of the band The formation of Little Feat occurred in Los Angeles, California in 1969. Little Feat was founded by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lowell George (b. 1945 – d. 1979) and bassist Roy Estrada, both of whom had previously been with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Other co-founders were keyboardist Bill … Read more

Introduction to the Commodores

Commodores

Where, why and how was the group formed? The roots of the Commodores were in Tuskegee, Alabama in the late 1960s. All of the original members — trumpet player William King, guitarist Thomas McClary (guitar), bassist Ronald LaPread, drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange, saxophonist Lionel Richie and keyboardist Milan Williams — all attended … Read more

Introduction to Ohio Players

Ohio Players

From The Ohio Untouchables to Ohio Players Ohio Players’ lineup, throughout their lifetime, had been constantly shifting. It was in Dayton, Ohio where the band was formed in the late 1950s as the Ohio Untouchables. The founding members were singer-guitarist Robert Ward, bassist Marshall “Rock” Jones, guitarist-saxophonist Clarence “Satch” Satchell, trumpeter/trombonist Ralph … Read more

History of Kool and the Gang

Kool and the Gang

Introduction Kool & the Gang are a New Jersey-originated jazz/R&B/funk/soul band that have become one of the successful groups on this side of the 20th century, having sold 70 million records worldwide which spawned the hits “Jungle Boogie,” “Hollywood Swinging,” “Too Hot,” “Get Down On It,” “Ladies’ Night,” “Cherish” and their most … 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 Rufus

Rufus

A little bit of introduction about the group Rufus was a multi-racial American funk group who produced one of the most famous female singers in the era, Chaka Khan. The band founded its roots in Cicero, Illinois as The American Breed, who scored a rock single in 1967 “Bend Me, Shape Me”. … 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

Richie Havens, a Folk Icon

Richie Havens

Introduction to Richie Havens Richie Havens was an American folk rock/funk singer-songwriter and musician. All of his albums charted on the Billboaard 200; the most commercially successful of them all was 1971’s Alarm Clock which peaked at #29. His cover of the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” broke into the Top 20 … Read more

History of James Brown

James Brown

The Inventor of Funk and The Godfather of Soul James Brown is one of the most influential artists, leading him to be called as the “Godfather Of Soul”. Not only that, he had also invented “funk” and led to the evolution of hip-hop music. Brown has risen from poverty to become one … Read more

Biography of Rufus Thomas

Rufus Thomas

Born to entertain Oldies music fans could very well call Rufus Thomas an all-around entertainer. Aside from being a singer and recording artist, he was also a comedian, a television personality and a disc jockey. It seems that Thomas was a born performer, who came into the world on March 26, 1917. … Read more