Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Tags: house electronic funk drum and bass electro seen live psytrance dance soul liquid funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bobby DeBarge (keyboards), Greg Williams (keyboards) and Jody Sims (drums) first collaborated in the Ohio-based funk band White Heat in the early 70s. After recording a self-titled album in 1975 produced by Barry White, the trio left the band, enlisting Philip Ingram (vocals), Tommy DeBarge (bass) and Eddie Fluellen (guitar) to form First Class. Jermaine Jackson helped them secure a contract with Motown Records, and produced their first album on the label, for which they were renamed Switch. The band’s dance-orientated brand of soul proved popular in clubs and discos, and they enjoyed three major hits in the late 70s, ‘There’ll Never Be’, ‘I Call Your Name’ and ‘Love Over And Over Again’. They were unable to break into the mainstream pop market however, and decreasing returns for their efforts led them to quit Motown in 1982. Bobby DeBarge left the group to join other members of his family in DeBarge, before his career was...

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