Exit 9

Exit 9 were an American soul-funk band that released the album Straight Up on Brunswick-subsidiary BRC in 1975. Members: David Lavender (rhythm/lead guitar), Enoch Jappa (congas, backing vocals), Eric Hoosier (alto saxophone, backing vocals), Hollis Googe (lead guitar, backing vocals), James “Binky” Davis (drums, backing vocals), Johnny Rios (lead vocals), Michael Pelzer (bass, backing vocals), […]

Luther Thomas & Dizzazz

Luther Thomas & Dizzazz were an American avant-jazz/funk band from St. Louis that released the album Yo’ Momma on the German Moers Music label in 1981. Members: Luther Thomas (alto saxophone), John Mulkerin (trumpet), Frank Cruz (trumpet), Marvin Neal (trombone), Stanley Banks (bass), Warren Benbow (drums), Billy “Spaceman” Patterson (lead guitar), Ronald Muldrow (rhythm guitar), Dani […]

Pharaohs

The Pharaohs were an American jazz-funk band from Chicago that released the album Awakening on self-press Scarab Records in 1971. They were a conglomeration of local ’60s acts The Jazzmen and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Future Earth Wind and Fire mastermind Maurice White was an early member. Members: Charles Handy (trumpet), Louis Satterfield (trombone), Don […]

Manchild

Manchild were an American soul-funk band from Indianapolis that released two albums on Chi Sound Records in 1977 and 1978. They morphed into Redd Hott for a further album on Venture Records in 1982. Guitarist/singer Kenneth Edmonds later achieved fame as Babyface. Members: Reggie Griffin (soprano/tenor saxophone, Clavinet, electric/acoustic guitar, harmonica, backing vocals, handclaps), Anthony […]

Rare Gems

Rare Gems were an American soul-funk band from Los Angeles that released an album as Rare Gems Odyssey on Casablanca in 1977, followed by a second under the truncated name on California Gold in 1978. They formed in 1969 and originally performed as Black Rare Gems. Members: Debra Givings (vocals), Charles E. Givings (drums, vocals), […]

7th Wonder

The 7th Wonder were an American soul-funk band from Tuskegee, Ala., that released two albums on Parachute Records in 1978/79, followed by a third on Chocolate City in 1980. Members: Jerome “Thump” Thornton (bass), Johnnie Hammond (drums, percussion), Marvin Patton (guitar, vocals), Iulus Chislom (keyboards), Allen Williams (percussion, vocals), Wilbert Cox (vocals), Deborah Mathews (vocals) […]

The 13th Floor

The 13th Floor were an American soul-funk band from St. Louis that released the album Steppin’ Out on Blue Candle in 1976. Members:  Lionel Greene (vocals, saxophone), Vincent Martin (guitar), Mitch Wadley (bass), Donnell Wade (drums) The 13th Floor were first discovered by Albert King, who enlisted them for backing on select mid-’70s northeast concert […]

The Kay-Gee’s

The Kay-Gee’s were an American soul-funk band from Jersey City that released two albums on Gang Records between 1974 and 1976, followed by another pair of albums on parent-label De-Lite Records in 1978 and 1979. Multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Amir Bayyan (aka Kevin Bell) is the younger brother of Kool & The Gang members Robert “Kool” […]

Rhythm Machine

Rhythm Machine were an American soul-funk septet from Indianapolis that released a self-titled album on Lulu Records in 1976. Members: James Boone (bass, vocals), Maurice Puckett (guitar, vocals), Robert Dycus (drums, vocals), Donald Harris (tenor/soprano saxophone, vocals), Maride Williams (alto/soprano saxophone, vocals), Hopie Monroe Bronson III (piano, strings, vocals), Dennis McNeil (congas, bongos) Honing their […]