Dyke & The Blazers Biography

This Los Angeles-based unit evolved when Dyke (Arlester Christian, 13 June 1943, Buffalo, New York, USA, d. 13 March 1971, Phoenix, Arizona, USA) teamed with the Blazers, formerly the O’Jays’ backing group. ‘Funky Broadway’, Dyke’s own composition, gave his band its debut hit in 1967, but their performance was overshadowed by Wilson Pickett’s more successful remade version. Dyke And The Blazers secured two minor chart places with ‘So Sharp’ (1967) and ‘Funky Walk’ (1968), before ‘We Got More Soul’ and ‘Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man Be A Man’ reached the US R&B Top 10/pop Top 40 in 1969. The group’s raw and energetic dancefloor style continued with three singles on the R&B charts in 1970. Christian was shot dead the following year.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.