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The Average White Band

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Their self-effacing name towards the contrary, Typical White Band was not — mostly of the white groups to cross the colour line and become successful and credibility playing funk, making use of their tight, fiery sound also belying their Scottish heritage, evoking American R&B hotbeds like Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia instead. Vocalist/bassist Alan Gorrie, guitarists Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre, tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan, keyboardist/saxophonist Roger Ball, and drummer Robbie McIntosh comprised the initial Typical White Music group lineup. Veterans of several Scottish spirit and jazz groupings, they produced their debut in 1973 because the starting action at Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Theater comeback gig, shortly issuing their debut LP, Present Your Hands, to little see. After implementing the abbreviated moniker AWB, a calendar year later the music group released their self-titled sophomore work, topping the American pop graphs using the Arif Mardin-produced instrumental “GRAB the Parts.” The record’s mammoth achievement was even so tempered with the Sept 23, 1974 loss of life of McIntosh, who passed away in a Hollywood party after overdosing on heroin. Ex-Bloodstone drummer Steve Ferrone changed McIntosh for AWB’s third recording, 1975’s Slice the Wedding cake, which scored a high Ten hit using its name track in addition to two other graph entries, “EASILY Ever Lose This Heaven” and “College Boy Crush.” (PLACE IT Where You WANT TO BUY, issued later on that same yr, was just a retitled and repackaged Display Your Hands.) With 1976’s Spirit Searching, the group reclaimed the entire Typical White Music group name, rating their final Best 40 strike with “Queen of My Spirit.” Following a live Individual to individual, they released Benny & Us, a cooperation with soul story Ben E. Ruler. However, after following outings, including 1978’s Warmer Marketing communications, 1979’s Experience No Fret, and 1980’s Glow, didn’t recapture the power of AWB’s maximum, the group dissolved in 1982, with Ferrone later on signing up for Duran Duran and Stuart documenting with Paul McCartney. Gorrie, Ball, and McIntyre reformed Typical White Music group in 1989, tapping vocalist Alex Ligertwood because of their comeback work Aftershock. Oft-sampled by hip-hop companies through the entire 1990s, the group continuing touring ahead of releasing Spirit Tattoo in 1996. The live record, In person, followed 3 years later.

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Full Name Average White Band
Music Songs Pick up the Pieces, A Love of Your Own, School Boy Crush, Work To Do, Queen of My Soul, Cut the Cake, If I Ever Lose This Heaven, Let's Go Round Again, Walk On By, When Will You Be Mine, Person To Person, For You for Love, Put It Where You Want It, Your Love Is a Miracle, Got The Love, I'm the One, I Just Can't Give You Up, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Keepin' It to Myself, The Jugglers, Nothing You Can Do, A Star in the Ghetto, Cloudy, One Look Over My Shoulder, Love Your Life, Same Feeling, Different Song, Whatcha Gonna Do for Me, She's a Dream, Groovin' the Night Away, High Flyin' Woman, This World Has Music, There's Always Someone Waiting
Albums Soul Searching, Benny & Us, Feel No Fret, Warmer Communications, Person to Person, Aftershock, Cut the Cake, Show Your Hand, AWB, Cupid's in Fashion, Soul Tattoo, Living in Colour, AWB R&B, Cupid's in Fashion (Expanded), How Sweet Can You Get, Average White Band, Shine, Soul & The City, Times Squared... Live From New York..., Volume VIII, Greatest and Latest, Live At Montreux, Cut The Cake + Soul Searching + Benny & Us, Let's Go Round Again: The Best of the Average White Band, British Live Performance Series, Most Sampled, Live On The Test, Rhino Hi-Five: Average White Band (US Release), Person To Person + Warmer Communications, Feel No Fret + Volume VIII + Shine + Cupid’s In Fashion, All the Pieces - Alternate Versions & Rarities, The Essentials: Average White Band, Show Your Hand + How Sweet Can You Get? + Average White Band, Greatest, Radio Live: Average White Band


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1 Was formed in 1971.
2 The original lineup featured Alan Gorrie (guitar, bass guitar and vocals), Hamish Stuart (guitar, bass guitar and vocals), Onnie McIntyre (vocals, rhythm guitar), Malcolm Duncan (tenor saxophone), Roger Ball (keyboards, saxophones) and Robbie McIntosh (drums).
3 The original drummer Robbie McIntosh died in September of 1974 of a heroin overdose. He was replaced by Steve Ferrone, the band's first black member.
4 The band's first and most famous hit, "Pick Up The Pieces", was released in July of 1974 in the UK without success, but when it was released in America in October of the same year, it began to make an impression, and eventually reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles chart on the first of March 1975. Although Robbie McIntosh played on the track, he didn't live to see the colossal success it went on to have.


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Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Behind the Candelabra 2013 TV Movie performer: "If I Ever Lose This Heaven"
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Iron Man 2 2010 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Semi-Pro 2008 performer: "Pick Up The Pieces"
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Running with Scissors 2006 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces" 1975
Driver: Parallel Lines 2006 Video Game performer: "Pick Up The Pieces" / writer: "Pick Up The Pieces"
Everybody Hates Chris 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Roll Bounce 2005 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Taxi 2004/I performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Starsky & Hutch 2004 performer: "Cut The Cake"
Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 performer: "Wanna B Where U R Thisizzaluvsong"
Quentin Tarantino's Star Wars 2002 Video short performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Undercover Brother 2002 performer: "Pick Up The Pieces"
Crazy as Hell 2002 "Picking Up the Pieces"
My Own Private Oshawa 2002 TV Special performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Bowfinger 1999 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
That '70s Show 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Suicide Kings 1997 performer: "Cut The Cake"
Private Parts 1997 performer: "Pick Up The Pieces"
Booty Call 1997 performer: "Just the Way You Like It"
The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Swingers 1996 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces"
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood 1996 "Time to Shine"
Fox Hunt 1996 performer: "Pick Up The Pieces"
Kids 1995 performer: "I'm the One"
The Spirit of '76 1990 performer: "Pick Up The Pieces"
The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 performer: "PICK UP THE PIECES" / writer: "PICK UP THE PIECES"
Superman II 1980 performer: "Pick Up the Pieces" - as The Average White Band / writer: "Pick Up the Pieces" - as The Average White Band
Top of the Pops 1976-1980 TV Series performer - 3 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Queen City 2013 Average White Band
Soul Train 1975 TV Series Guests

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
80s Rewind Festival 2011 2011 TV Special Themselves
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Themselves
Average White Band in Concert 2001 Video Themselves
Rock Concert 1974-1977 TV Series Themselves

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Top of the Pops 1975-1980 TV Series Themselves / Pick Up The Pieces

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