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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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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Cut the Cake is consummate sweetness. Contains hidden genius in the grooves and makes me feel so happy and passionate!
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Damn I just want to groove and cut the cake!!!!!!
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Ain't nothing average about this band
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dragonlady60 8 8
INCREASE. THE PEACE!"""
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dragonlady60 8 8
AWB.....soul wht boys
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dragonlady60 8 8
Excellent ..group
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dragonlady60 8 8
AHHH. memories
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Interesting that they are Scottish. I don't detect an accent...
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The baddest white band ever!! I saw them perform with The Jackson 5 and they brought the house down!!!
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Great song 40 years after....
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Love to see Hamish and Alan bk together, not the same.
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Spawned many a garage band!
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When will they be back
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You sure they ain't black!!!!
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AWB is YEA
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Music sweet music
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Got work to do
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Dance Rick Dance!! I am.
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Their music makes an old man like myself want to get right up & dance!
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Love their music!
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Saw them twice and they havent lost their sound. Awesome. Let's see these new artists in about 30 years. yeah right!
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Everybody wants a love of their own, this is what old school music is all about, a message in the music. A classic !!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
Awb.....very very co
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I would like to hear I'M THE ONE from Their 'LIVE' Album please.
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Saw them in 1976 in santa Barbara California they were off the hook back then and their music still is
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Soulful band
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AWB IS RATED RIGHT UP THERE WITH TOP (TOWER OF POWER)...SAW THEM BOTH IN PERSON IN 1975 ON THE SAME CARD AND THEY 'TORE THE HOUSE DOWN'!!!
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I defy anyone to sit still while listening to these guys.
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Above average all the way
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erockp5
Aw ... Quit it!!! That's what I said when somebody told me these guys were white... until I saw a youtube video where some of the band were wearing kilts..... simply amazing music, amazing musicians. This music stands the test of time; my band still plays this music live with much success- it's about the groove...
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a truly underated grouping of top musicians
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True Music with Live Band
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CUT THE CAKE !...... WATTS CA,
THE DRITY 3RD
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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.
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A LOVE OF MY OWN...
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White Soul Power to the Max! Scot Stylin. FUNKED UP!
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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!
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Average!!!? This is far from average!!!!! ! ! ! ! Soul and Funk at it's best and there white!!!!!!! Hell Yeah!!!
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Awb horn section was tight along with their funky groove
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dragonlady60 8 8
Miss this music....pic k up thr pieces!
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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
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Even my sons love this song
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I wish I have a Love of my OWN
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lovemysonj1
GREAT!!!!
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ALWAYS Funkalicious . . . . . .
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PINEVILLE988
WHAT HAPPENED TO MUSIC... I DON'T LISTEN TO ANYTHING MADE AFTER 1998
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Love the songs by AWB
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AWB you couldn't cut their funk with a straight razor.
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A true "funk" band!!!! Many could only hope to be half as funky as they were!!!! They were definately blessed with true, natural FUNK!!!!
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funkwize
Need to check songwriter credits . Too often Pandora makes this mistake.
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