Mother's Finest Biography

Despite the fixation with funk rock in later decades, the racially-mixed Mother’s Finest has long been considered the greatest in this musical field. Led by vocalist Baby Jean (Joyce Kennedy) and originating from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the band originally boasted the talents of Moses Mo (b. Gary Moore; guitar), Glenn ‘Doc’ Murdock (guitar/vocals), Mike Keck (keyboards), Wizzard (b. Jerry Seay; bass) and B.B. Queen (b. Barry Borden; drums). Formed in 1972, their music blends funk and rock with a metal edge, with Kennedy’s vocals ranging from the sensual to all-out attack. The band has never found great success in their homeland and only gained a cult following in Europe, although they were popular in Holland during the late 70s. During this period they also established a reputation as one of the finest support groups on the live circuit, opening for leading rock artists such as Aerosmith and Ted Nugent.

In 1983, following the release of Iron Age, probably their hardest and most enduring record, the band disintegrated. Borden joined Molly Hatchet while Kennedy released two soul albums for A&M Records. Wizzard later linked up with Rick Medlocke’s Blackfoot. The original line-up re-formed in 1989 but the accompanying album failed to capture the fire and soul of earlier releases. Undaunted, they soldiered on and released a live recording, Subluxation, to critical acclaim. In its wake, and with a line-up boasting just three original members: Baby Jean, Murdock and Wizzard, they provided 1992’s agenda-setting Black Radio Won’t Play This Record. With white radio also blanking their music Mother’s Finest soldiered on into the new millennium. Their 2003 recording Meta-Funk’n-Physical incorporated hip-hop beats into the group’s sound.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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