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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, Rovi
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Con Funk Shun is so Dope. ..dam I miss them
They rock for real!! Hope to get a concert in the ATL����
This song brings back so many memories ...thanks !!!!!!
DONT NEED A TICKET TO RIDE**
I LOVE ME SOME CON FUNK SHUN TOO.
I love me some Con Funk Shun
Come On Con Funk Shun Love This Cut Ffun This Was One Of My Favorite Song's By These Guy's Back In My Day Old School Throwback Jam Grown Folk Music Say What Let Go Pandora !!!!!!!
My favorite con funk sun song
Lets Go Pandora Shake And Dance With Me Helllllll Yale I Remember This Cut If Ya Old School Like I Am You Should Remember This Cut Too Work It Out Pandora Say What !!!!!!!
BAD SONG SING IT
Good music
This song is beautiful the old school?
It dont take ah ticket 2 ride!! :-)
Sometimes heart strings can be broken!!! But we have to keep on stroking,,,, t h a t ' s the way it goes on loves train!!!! OLE SCKOOL...IS IN SCESION.
Just Amazing ;)
Love it
Let ME be the one.....that part right there
1980.thats whats up.
skate. wow
Ok now! LoL
Now, that's music....., uhm, u know ur the one.... Lovin my man
You've been given a Test ? "Love Train"
Yes/Pick'en Up ~H-Town Up Mo-City Down With-It
*978*~6m14y~
Old School the only to go.
Jammin
Make me have beautiful memories during their rise.
Got a Chance at the soul food festival 2013 jacksonville . . . . o l é school jamz
This is my song!!
theholydove1
Classic old school micheal cooper
This ol' skool is in my DNA! Don't know what I would do w/o it.
2 of tha best things from VallejoCa, me and ConFunkShun
1 of the coldest Eva
Love this song!!!!!! Ain't nothing like old school!
xavier_milto n
Listening to Patti Labelle station and finishing up this assignment.
Gettin my groove on while doing homework.
Coolladytove her some old school. Thats what up love train
CLASSIC SONG!!! I MISS MUSIC LIKE THIS!!! IM STAYING WITH PANDORA FOR "GOOD MUSIC!"
My jam! ����
This joint go. Vallejo!!!
I like that.....???
This is my 1st time hearing this song live in concert sounds good
GROOVING with Papi at my side snoring. Oh well he thinks it's all that and a bag of herbal tea.
Jamin Ovr Here Luv U Pandora!!
Classic! They just don't make them like this anymore.
tomman30
Dam, that is some good %^&*. Miss the day.....
I Remember Those Night's I Use To Get My Strand Dance Off Of This Cut Love Con Funk Shun Really Miss This Kind Of Music Are You Ready For Love One Of My Favorite Song's !!!!!!!
I'm up jammin while laying in the bed playing spades! #DontJudgeMe
Allllllllrig h t Now How Many Times I Cut That Rug Up Dancing Off Of This Cut In The Club Can't Count Em' Now This Is Real Music Here Say What !!!!!!!
dwstutely
Keep on stroking!
Chuch!
This was music baby...
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