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Con Funk Shun

Con Funk Shun was formed by high-school classmates Michael Cooper and Louis "Tony" McCall, along with Karl Fuller, Paul "Maceo" Harrell, Dennis Johnson, Cedric Martin, and Danny "Sweet Man" Thomas. All of them had been playing together since their high-school days in Vallejo, CA. Felton Pilate, also from Vallejo, joined the group after his band, a local rival, disbanded.

In the early '70s, the group was a backup band for the Soul Children with the name Project Soul. And when they weren't on the road with the Soul Children, they were creatively working with various Stax staff writers. In the mid-'70s, Project Soul made an effort to become a headliner, but they met dead-ends and little success. However, they found good fortune at Audio Dimensions, a Memphis recording studio owned by producer Ted Sturges. Around this time, he group named itself after the title of one of their instrumentals, "Con Funk Shun." During their three-year stint at Audio Dimensions, Sturges, besides owning the studio, was also Con Funk Shun's producer. Their association resulted in the group's first album, Organized Con Funk Shun.

As their sound developed, Pilate and Cooper emerged as the primary lead vocalists. Around the time their first album for Crankshaft Productions, Inc. was being recorded, the eighth member, MC and technician Dennis Johnson, left the group to attend seminary in California. By 1976, the group signed to Mercury, where they remained for ten years. Their first hit for Mercury was "Ffun," written by Michael Cooper as a tribute to the R&B/funk band Brick. One of the premiere party funk bands of its time, they also began recording ballads and instrumental tracks by the early '80s. Aside from being the primary musicians on all their albums, Con Funk Shun also contributed to each of their albums as writers, arrangers, and/or producers.

Burnin' Love, the septet's last album with Mercury, was recorded without their longtime musical center, Felton Pilate, who left the group in 1986 to become a successful producer. (Pilate eventually became the musical force behind MC Hammer.) Melvin Carter, a frequent collaborator of Con Funk Shun, joined the group upon Pilate's exit, and that same year Michael Cooper left for a solo career. Con Funk Shun disbanded after their last album with Mercury, but reunited in the '90s, and began performing at festivals and concerts around the world. ~ Craig Lytle
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live On Tour

1. Chase Me (Live)

2. Fun (Live)

3. Confunkshun Classic Groove Medley (Live)

4. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind (Live)

5. Seg-Way Funk (Live)

6. Shake And Dance With Me (Live)

7. Straight From The Heart (Live)

8. Too Tight (Live)

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Track List: Original Artist Hit List: ConFunkShun

1. FFUN (Intro)

2. Chase Me

3. Shake And Dance With Me

4. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind

5. I'm Leaving Baby

6. Too Tight

7. Straight from the Heart

8. Baby I'm Hooked

9. By Your Side

10. Love's Train

11. Fun

12. Throw It Up, Throw It Up

13. Head to Toe

14. Mega-Mix

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Track List: The Collection

2. Got To Be Enough

3. Honey Wild

4. Pretty Lady

5. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind

6. Body Lovers

7. Ffun

8. Shake And Dance With Me

9. Lady's Wild

10. Candy

11. Love's Train

12. Juicy

13. Give Your Love To Me

14. Promise You Love

15. Too Tight

16. Chase Me

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Con Funk Shun

1. Ffun

2. Love's Train

3. Baby I'm Hooked (Right Into Your Love)

4. Chase Me

5. Shake And Dance With Me

6. Got To Be Enough

7. (Let Me Put) Love On Your Mind

8. Too Tight

9. Ms. Got-The-Body

10. Lady's Wild

11. Make It Last

12. Straight From The Heart

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Track List: The Ballads Collection

1. Make It Last

2. (Let Me Put) Love On Your Mind

3. Honey Wild

4. Promise You Love

5. Straight From The Heart

6. Love's Train

7. Baby, I'm Hooked (Right Into Your Love)

8. All Up To You

9. Everlove

10. I'll Set You Out O.K.

11. I'm Leaving Baby

12. California 1

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Track List: Greatest Hits: Con Funk Shun

1. Ffun

2. Shake And Dance With Me

3. Chase Me

4. Tell Me That You Like It

5. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind

6. Got To Be Enough

7. Straight From The Heart

8. Too Tight

9. Love's Train

10. So Easy

11. Sho' Feels Good To Me

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Track List: The Best Of Con Funk Shun Vol. 2

1. Lady's Wild (2007)

2. Ain't Nobody, Baby

3. Candy

4. Happy Face (2007)

5. Too Tight (2007)

6. Da Lady

7. Lovin Fever

8. Body Lovers (2007)

9. Electric Lady

10. Who Has The Time (2007)

11. Pretty Lady (2007)

12. Honey Wild

13. Make It Last (2007)

14. Promise You Love (2007)

15. Give Your Love To Me

16. Everlove

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Track List: The Best Of Con Funk Shun

1. Shake And Dance With Me

2. Ffun

3. Straight From The Heart

4. Love's Train

5. So Easy

6. Too Tight

7. By Your Side

8. Juicy

9. Got To Be Enough

10. Ms. Got-The-Body

11. Chase Me

12. Sho' Feels Good To Me

13. California 1

14. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind

15. All Up To You

16. I'm Leaving Baby

17. Baby I'm Hooked (Right Into Your Love)

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Track List: Con Funk Shun Live In Concert

1. Fun Instrumental (Live)

2. Chase Me (Live)

3. Shake And Dance With Me (Live)

4. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind (Live)

5. Straight From The Heart (Live)

6. Too Tight (Live)

7. ConFunkshun Classic Groove (Live)

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Track List: Electric Lady

1. Turn The Music Up

2. Rock It All Night

3. I'm Leaving Baby

4. Tell Me What You're Gonna Do

5. Electric Lady

6. Don't Go (I Want You Back)

7. Circle Of Love

8. Pretty Lady

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Track List: Spirit Of Love

1. Got To Be Enough

2. By Your Side

3. Curtain Call

4. Early Morning Sunshine

5. Spirit Of Love

6. Happy Face

7. All Up To You

8. Juicy

9. Honey Wild

10. Lovestruck 1980

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Track List: Secrets

1. DooWhaChaWannaDoo

2. Who Has The Time

3. Indian Summer Love

4. Tear In My Eye

5. Ffun

6. Secrets

7. ConFunkShuniozeYa

8. I'll Set You Out O.K.

9. Indian Summer Love

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Track List: Your Night (Single)

1. Your Night

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yusufjameela h
Puts me in my feelings
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This one really brings out the hoe in to many no ticket thirsty one penny hookers LMAO If any btch had my easy Nikha you can have him I don't need anything easy hah!!!
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I love this dearly
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Classic love ballad, dail that number, no one answer till 2:00 o'clock.
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Brings back good memories of the 70s and 80s love it!
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Yes old school ❤️
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One of the Ambassdors Of Funk
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I was born in 81, and I love this music.
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What you know about this yunsta these are the jams
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Who has been on tha love train...?.I love ths song... MyNewLife..M s . M a j o r
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olsenbrenda2
Totally the jam!!!!
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This was the jam back then and still is
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CLASSIC!!
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THE BEST..YASSSS !
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Ffun by Con Funk Shun
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ConFunkShun. . . . s o u n d i n g good!!#gladt o b e O l d s c h o o l
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They sound good they need to go on tour. Sounding that good to ut.
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hankonthetop
One of the best bands from the 80's
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marinebox57
old school was the best times the music parties the girls things were much better than. Love Con funk shun
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Old school love make it last old school!! Don don Reese stlouis
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Wow nothin but a party
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Wow nothin but a party
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They LOVE Con Funk Shun!!!!
Included.
Young,Middle - a g e , W e l l Adult,
Handicapped, N o capps,Even the Great Grands,With the planes of Love trains...... . n o 'cabbose baby'....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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...all night can't sleep....... . . . . . . . . . . . . w h e n in need you said you would be here........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L o v e ' s Train...by ConFunkShun one of the coldest jams ever recorded.
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stevebanks54
Love's Train! One of the best slow jams ever made!
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stevebanks54
oooh baby I'm leaving now, leaving you for me! My jam!
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hendersonsam i u l l a h 7 2
If you found that special lover, and love gives your time to another, that's the way it goes on Love's Train. Great song.
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This is a beautiful song!!
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Don't need no ticket to ride. What? It's free .... My type of ride.
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When I first heard this cut, I thought they were out of Ohio. It has that Ohio sound but these cat are out of Cally. Ok. Smooth hit and one of my favorite cuts. Thanks....
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My day and time. That when music was music and still is in time, for those who remember gostosa
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Smooth soul........ . d a m n
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Love them..saw them in concert last year..They still got it!!!
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Dont take this personal..., p l e a s e . . . . . . b u t the chicken catch-er-tor i will be pampered,bas t e d , & o v e n done fun @2:00a.m.!
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Soul group
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con funk shun my cousin's band was named after one of there hits,funn love is on my side,straigh t from the heart,will always be around, slyslickwick e d 6 1 9 s d
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I had pleasure n fortune of seeing them n concert....I T WAS THEE BOMB!!!!
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Bad boys!
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I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED 2 C CON FUNK SHUN PERFORM, JUST LIKE SOME OF THE OTHER GREAT GROUPS, WHO'S MUSIC MENT SOMETHING, N OTHER WORDS THEIR MUSIC MENT SOMETHING SPECIAL. I WOULD LOVE 2 C THEM AS WELL
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I love this group... it will never be out of date..
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We're chilling having some drinks food good time house party in the boogie East St Louis Illinois believe that dollbaby 51
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have been a Con Funk Shun fan ever sense the the early 80's when i found out that the drummer Tony McCall his father was my Supervisor at nearby Community College in San Pablo Ca
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Thier music is sooooooooooo smooth, it just makes you feel good all over, love me sum Confunk Shun.
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Feel good music..
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Ah shitz pandooraah
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Got damn Con Funk Shun!!!! Yes!
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Crystal like listing too old blues song I grow up on old school music this is my best song
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I love all these bands they just make you feel good.
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Although I was a kid when this music was around. I can still remember the words to this song coming out my mom's mouth.
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dinikeithiii oh ya, best times of life , still going on , Hi Cybil
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