This influential US funk/soul outfit was formed in 1967 by three brothers, Charlie Wilson (Charles Wilson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; vocals/keyboards), Ronnie Wilson (trumpet/keyboards) and Robert Wilson (bass/vocals). They took their name from the initials of three streets, Greenwood, Archer and Pine, in their home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Initially known as the Greenwood, Archer And Pine Street Band, the brothers were joined on stage by up to 10 other musicians, although their early recordings featured the slimmed down line-up of the Wilsons, James Macon (guitar), Tommy Lokey (horns) and Chris Clayton (horns). The group placed a couple of hits in the lower regions of the US R&B chart in 1977 before the departure of Macon, Lokey and Clayton. Studio musicians John Black (keyboards), Greg Phillinganes (keyboards), Glenn Nightingale (guitar) and Raymond Calhoun (drums) were then brought in to support the Wilsons.
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