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Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper enjoyed quick achievement as a single vocalist following the demise of Con Funk Shun. His LP Like Can be Such a Crazy Game yielded a big success in “To Prove My Like,” which managed to get to number 3 for the R&B graphs. His follow-up launch, Just What …

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T.S.U. Toronados

Alternately referred to as the TSU Tornadoes and, more regularly, the TSU Toronadoes, this frequently instrumental soul/funk combo was most widely known for supplying the backing in Archie Bell & the Drells’ much-imitated dance smash “SHRINK.” The group was produced at Tx Southern School (hence the very first section of …

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Ohio Players

Making use of their slinky, horn-powered grooves, impeccable musicianship, and eye-popping album covers, the Ohio Players were among the very best funk bands from the mid-’70s. Growing through the musical hotbed of Dayton in 1959, the group was originally dubbed the Ohio Untouchables, and primarily comprised vocalist/guitarist Robert Ward, bassist …

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Rick James

In the later ’70s, once the fortunes of Motown Details appeared to be flagging, Rick James arrived and rescued the business, offering funky hits that updated the label’s style and noticed it through in to the mid-’80s. In fact, James have been with Motown previously, though nothing got come from …

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MFSB

Most widely known for saving the strike theme to Spirit Teach, MFSB were the pre-eminent instrumental clothing of Philadelphia spirit, backing many Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff productions even though saving regularly independently through the entire ’70s. The group’s name stood for Mom Father Sister Sibling, and ahead of their formation in …

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Charles Wright

Charles Wright headed among the great funk sets of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the W 103rd Street Tempo Band. Wright, who was simply given birth to in Clarksdale, MS, was a vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and head from the eight-member music group, which have been recruited from W in …

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Dazz Band

The Cleveland-based Dazz Music group was one of the most popular funk sets of the first ’80s. Bobby Harris produced the group in the past due ’70s, merging two Cleveland funk rings, Bell Telefunk and Mom Braintree. After myriad lineup adjustments, the outcome was an eight-piece music group featuring Harris, …

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Cee Knowledge

Hip-hop within the ’80s, jazz within the ’60s, and funk within the ’70s are well-documented groundbreaking expressions in Africa-American music. Much less familiar, though, is normally their meeting surface in Cee Understanding as well as the Cosmic Funk Orchestra in 2000, and beyond. Craig Irving, the Philadelphia hip-hop vocalist better …

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Ripple

An interracial Michigan soul-funk group, Ripple acquired an R&B strike in 1973 with “We HAVE NO IDEA What IT REALLY IS nonetheless it Sure Is Funky,” and produced other recordings for the GRC label within the mid-’70s. These were an eclectic hodgepodge of affects circulating in spirit music at that …

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Ectomorph

Though they’re unknown to all or any but a select few within the American and Western underground, Detroit electro duo Ectomorph are on the best edge of a fresh wave of American dance artists reconnecting techno to its origins in Motor City funk and soul via electro. Like early Detroit …

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