Graham Central Station
Formed in San Francisco in late 1972 by Larry Graham (14 August 1946, Beaumont, Texas, USA), erstwhile bass player in Sly And The Family Stone. The core of the group - David Vega (lead guitar), Hershall Kennedy (keyboards), Willie Sparks and Patrice Banks (both drums) - comprised former members of Hot Chocolate (USA), a local band Graham was producing, while a second keyboard player, Robert Sam, was drafted in from Billy Prestons touring ensemble. Musically, Graham Central Station emulated the rhythmic funk of Sly And The Family Stone, but lacked their perception. Renowned as one of the eras flashiest live attractions, the groups shows included light panels programmed to oscillate in time to their pulsating sound. Although their initial albums enjoyed critical and commercial success, later releases failed to capitalize on this in-concert popularity and in 1980 Graham embarked on a solo career. At the end of the 90s he was once again using the...