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Donald Byrd - 100% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA. In the early 50s Byrd studied trumpet and composition and also played in bands during his military service. Later in the decade he was frequently called upon to record with leading bop musicians, including John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Art Blake, Kenny Clarke and Gigi Gryce (with whom he co-led the Jazz Lab Read more

The Fatback Band - 97% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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There are many, including genuine authorities such as Afrika Bambaataa, who state that ‘King Tim III (Personality Jock)’ by Fatback, released on Spring Records in 1979, is the first true hip-hop record. ‘King Tim’ was actually the b-side to ‘You’re My Candy Sweet’, before radio programmers and listeners made it the more popular selection. The Read more

Bobbi Humphrey - 92% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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Roy Ayers - 92% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Dance Funk Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. A popular jazz vibraphonist and vocalist, Ayers reached the peak of his commercial popularity during the mid-70s and early 80s, crossing over into the mainstream charts. He is also justly celebrated as an important influence on the latter decade’s acid-jazz movement.Ayers played piano as a child an Read more

Leroy Hutson - 87% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1945, Newark, New Jersey, USA. This African-American instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and multi-talented performer generated a host of affiliations, but never achieved a level of success commensurate with his talent. He first formed a vocal group in his native New Jersey, but emerged as a soul music talent while attending Howard University in 1970. There Read more

Pleasure - 87% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Disco Funk
Decades Active: 2000s
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Lonnie Liston Smith - 85% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 December 1940, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Not to be confused with the soul/jazz organist Lonnie Smith. Born into a very musical family, Smith seemed destined from a very early age to make music his career. His father and two brothers were all vocalists, but it was the keyboard that attracted Smith. After studying at Morgan State University, he moved to New York and immersed Read more

Reuben Wilson - 82% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk Jazz
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Zapp & Roger - 82% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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Mandrill - 81% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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MFSB - 79% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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‘Mother, Father, Sister, Brother’ or MFSB (and there was a less flattering alternative), was the house band employed by producers Gamble And Huff. Jesse James, Bobby Martin, Norman Harris (10 February, d. 21 March 1987), Ronnie Baker (d. 1990), Earl Young, Roland Chambers (b. 9 February 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 8 May 2002, Wynnewood, Montgomery Cou Read more

B.T. Express - 78% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed as the King Davis House Rockers in 1972, this Brooklyn-based septet underwent several name changes, including the Madison Street Express and the Brothers Trucking, before finally settling on the above. Bill Risbrook (saxophone/vocals), his brother Louis (bass/organ), Carlos Ward (saxophone/woodwind), Richard Thompson (lead guitar/vocals), Dennis Rowe (congas), Read more

Gary Bartz - 78% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 September 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Bartz, whose father ran a jazz club, began playing alto saxophone at the age of 11. He played in the Alabama State Teachers College band, at his father’s club, and studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He worked with Lee Morgan and Grachan Moncur III, but his first regu Read more

The Brothers Johnson - 75% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk Funk R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US hard-funk duo featured George Johnson (17 May 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar, vocals) and Louis Johnson (b. 13 April 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA; bass). They previously worked alongside their older brother Tommy and cousin Alex Weir in the band Johnson Three Plus One, backing the Supremes and Bobby Womack. George and Louis then went on to tour with Read more

Ohio Players - 72% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Dayton, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented unit originated from four members of the Ohio Untouchables, saxophonists Ralph ‘Pee Wee’ Middlebrooks and Clarence ‘Satch’ Satchell, bass player Marshall Jones and guitarist Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner. The Ohio Untouchables forged a reputation as a powerful instrumental group by providing the backing t Read more


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