“EARLY IN THE MORNING” THE GAP BAND
Uncle Charlie, aka, Charlie Wilson, is still putting out exceptional R&B slow jams today. But back in the day, Charlie fronted one of greatest funk bands of the 80’s. The Gap Band was comprised of the three Wilson brothers. You can’t have a street BBQ and not crank up one of their classics including “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)”, “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”, or “Outstanding”. Sadly, Robert Wilson passed away in 2010 and the band called it quits, but what an incredible legacy of funk music they provided us!
“STOMP” THE BROTHERS JOHNSON
With their outrageously perfect Afros, vintage bass hooks, glittery outfits, and hit songs like “Get Da Funk Out Ma Face”, the Brothers Johnson were the poster band for 70’s/80’s funk music. Their biggest hit, “I’ll Be Good To You” was covered by the legendary combo, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, and Ray Charles. “Strawberry Letter 23” and “Stomp!” are essential hits that both hit the Top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles charts. They haven’t officially broken up but both brothers have been performing solo with separate bands including all-star backing members such as Ray Parker Jr. and Cherrelle.