Hamilton Bohannon

Decades: 2000s


7 March 1942, Newnam, Georgia, USA, Bohannon graduated from Clark College with a BA in musical education and went into teaching before accepting an invitation to drum for a band that also included Jimi Hendrix. He came to the attention of Stevie Wonder, who appointed him drummer in his touring band in 1965. Over the next two years Bohannon’s style impressed the hierarchy at Motown Records to such an extent that they made him top band leader, responsible for live arrangements for all Motown’s top acts.

When Motown relocated to Los Angeles, Bohannon stayed in Detroit, assembling his own band. Having signed with Brunswick Records, he went on to have huge success in the UK with ‘South African Man’, ‘Disco Stomp’ (a Top 10 hit in 1975) and ‘Foot Stompin’ Music’. Ironically quiet during the disco boom, he resurfaced with Mercury Records in 1978, returning to the UK charts with ‘Let’s Start The...

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