Smoke was an American soul group from Kansas City, Mo., that released the album Risin’ on local-press J.Bridge Records in 1976. Members: Ernest Malone, Arthur Malone, Melvin Manning, Larry Brown Smoke coalesced when Kansas City brothers Ernest and Arthur Malone teamed with singers Larry Brown and Melvin Manning. Brown sang backing vocals on the 1975 […]

Black Smoke

Blacksmoke were an American soul-funk band from Compton, Calif., that released a self-titled album on Chocolate City in 1976. The band was originally called Smoke but modified their name for the album’s release, presumably to avoid confusion with the namesake soul act from Kansas City. Members: Michael Fisher (guitar, vocals), Anthony Fisher (bass, vocals), Arnold […]