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Average White Band

Their self-effacing name to the contrary, Average White Band was anything but -- one of the few white groups to cross the color line and achieve success and credibility playing funk, with their tight, fiery sound also belying their Scottish heritage, evoking American R&B hotbeds like Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia instead. Singer/bassist Alan Gorrie, guitarists Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre, tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan, keyboardist/saxophonist Roger Ball, and drummer Robbie McIntosh comprised the original Average White Band lineup. Veterans of numerous Scottish soul and jazz groups, they made their debut in 1973 as the opening act at Eric Clapton's Rainbow Theatre comeback gig, soon issuing their debut LP, Show Your Hand, to little notice. After adopting the abbreviated moniker AWB, a year later the band issued their self-titled sophomore effort, topping the American pop charts with the Arif Mardin-produced instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces." The record's mammoth success was nevertheless tempered by the September 23, 1974 death of McIntosh, who died at a Hollywood party after overdosing on heroin.

Ex-Bloodstone drummer Steve Ferrone replaced McIntosh for AWB's third album, 1975's Cut the Cake, which scored a Top Ten hit with its title track as well as two other chart entries, "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" and "School Boy Crush." (Put It Where You Want It, issued later that same year, was simply a retitled and repackaged Show Your Hand.) With 1976's Soul Searching, the group reclaimed the full Average White Band name, scoring their final Top 40 hit with "Queen of My Soul." Following the live Person to Person, they issued Benny & Us, a collaboration with soul legend Ben E. King. However, after subsequent outings, including 1978's Warmer Communications, 1979's Feel No Fret, and 1980's Shine, failed to recapture the energy of AWB's peak, the group dissolved in 1982, with Ferrone later joining Duran Duran and Stuart recording with Paul McCartney. Gorrie, Ball, and McIntyre reformed Average White Band in 1989, tapping vocalist Alex Ligertwood for their comeback effort Aftershock. Oft-sampled by hip-hop producers throughout the 1990s, the group continued touring prior to releasing Soul Tattoo in 1996. The live album, Face to Face, followed three years later. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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True Music with Live Band
CUT THE CAKE !...... WATTS CA,
THE DRITY 3RD
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now you've started reading their don't stop. This is so scary post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
A LOVE OF MY OWN...
White Soul Power to the Max! Scot Stylin. FUNKED UP!
AWB great band, back in the day you thought they were white until the lights came on, great band, great music. I still chill with this, HOLLA!
Average!!!? This is far from average!!!!! ! ! ! ! Soul and Funk at it's best and there white!!!!!!! Hell Yeah!!!
Awb horn section was tight along with their funky groove
dragonlady60 8 8
Miss this music....pic k up thr pieces!
A.W.B REALLY DOES HAVE WHAT TAKE 2 MAKE U MOVE. I WOULD LOVE TO C THE PERFORM IN PERSON 1 OF THESE DAYS. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO
Even my sons love this song
I wish I have a Love of my OWN
lovemysonj1
GREAT!!!!
ALWAYS Funkalicious . . . . . .
PINEVILLE988
WHAT HAPPENED TO MUSIC... I DON'T LISTEN TO ANYTHING MADE AFTER 1998
Love the songs by AWB
AWB you couldn't cut their funk with a straight razor.
A true "funk" band!!!! Many could only hope to be half as funky as they were!!!! They were definately blessed with true, natural FUNK!!!!
funkwize
Need to check songwriter credits . Too often Pandora makes this mistake.
I love average white band you guys are awsome?
cyitsgood
The Person to Person album was recorded at the Litchfield Coliseum (the building that the Cleveland Cavaliers played at in 1977). The building is no longer standing, but the concert was sold out and there was nothing but a big party going on. If you listen to the 2 album set you will hear the cheers from the crowd in the back ground. That concert was over the top.
Nice RELAXING MUSIC FOR DA 941 coast
AWB always .brings back the BEST memories.
They the s**t
Average White Band the stuff when it come to some funk
they were and still today one of the best groups of my era.G.Haywar d .
My auntie pam wrote if i ever lose this heaven on there cut the cake album. ..i got a chance to see the original line up in 1976 in detroit Mi at Joe Louis arena. .im forever grateful to pop's for it...thanks dad
pentab46
I was stationed on a submarine tender in holy loch scotland during the 70's and the average white band was MY BAND! It was the best of times.
AWB was 1 of the hottest bands in the 80's n there music is still hot today 2014
Wow!!! I have been a huge fan of this song since I was a kid... 28 now and my dad would still proud
Average White Band vs Beatles lose
Thanks for the Scottish invasion*978 * 4 m 1 4 y ~
stephencox15 9
I just love AWB.
This was the jam back in th day! When I was stationed in England, in the Army, these dudes were still popular in the 80's!
THEY WE
Love ole school
AWB ROCKS!!! During my military service I met a man from the Maori tribe in New Zealand whose funk bass playing woulda made all the mummies in Egypt get up & dance-----my point being: Soul is Soul, no matter who's playing or singing it!!! If you got it,you got it.
I saw AWB and tower of power at the camel rock casino in NM in 1998. I was blown away!! Huge fan of both bands ever since.
Cedric,Johns o n . . A W B will always be one of the altime greatest bands,black or white..funky soul funk..
These are some funky white boys!!
S**t blood!! That's boom box worthy
Average honkey whitey cracker band
High School Days Lincoln Tigers(ROAR)
Great Group! Gives you a mighty jump doing the Day /On Bad days when y
These guys were amazing love thier songs ...........
A Love of My Own...favori t e song from AWB!
GREAT MUSIC
dotscot56
I've been a fan of these funky, white Scottish guys since I first saw their show in London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1976 (I still have my t-shirt that i bought at the show!!!)
Saw AWB in concert two weeks ago...man, they really make he crowd come alive!. One of the best shows ever. Only 2 original guys left (Gorrie and McIntyre), but they sound just a great as they did in the 70's - AWESOME!!!!
bill.chappel l 2
Timeless R&B -- could listen to these guys all day.
makes me mad they cut them short and dont start at the begining
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