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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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This joint go. Vallejo!!!
I like that.....???
This is my 1st time hearing this song live in concert sounds good
lovemecrzy20 0 1
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...
ALL THESE OLD MEMORIES THIS GROUP BRING BACK
Suga', honey', darlin'…I really wanna' be with you. Love this song.
This is my song and in only 14
Wow! I love ★Con Funk Shun★ & this song just really makes me want to stay in love... ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ; )
This is the song me and husband dance to on are wedding.
I'm really too young to know about your music but I love it it's so soulful keep the soul going
That's the way it goes on the love train.
Loved Me Some Con Funk Shun Back In My Day Love All Their Song's And Video's !!!!!




Golden voices said it all just let it go
Ladies get your slow dance on !
Bring back memory good at salt&pepper lounge in the 601
lolly8882004
don't get no better than this
Now this is MUSIC! No sampling or other cra*. Just a wonderful groove to dance to with my woman! Feel the emotion, the love, the passion. Go for it! Peace people!-Tiny -
Yay!
makes me feel like a boy again. IT was so much fun. fuzz..
Makes me feel like i am in high school again
I feel you
Itself you
Old school.....F u n k y kinda feeling
The sweetest shhhht....oo p s . . Real music
Ilove this song
Another Half-Time Show. Falcons 77
AWWW RIGHT NOW!!!:)
Can't dance . But when this jam came Out. It was on!!! Dam I can dance.
love this song!! one of their best!!
huricane28
Now thats watcha call music....
By far one of the greatest songs produced, very well composed, awesome track, as we say down here n da south gud belly rubbin music
earende
Was and will always luv this entire album!!!!!
luv this song.....luv this group!
Love's Train... There's nothing like seeing Con Funk Shun Live In Concert!! Michael Cooper such a GREAT singer!! ♥ their ♫
Always wanted to be in this group..i cant sing a tap....
This song make me wanna go back in time..
divax17
This is a great song by an awesome group
Got to love V-Town OG's
Yes yes beautiful song
biggabarz
Love this song, ppl be shocked to the talent the bay area has.
My smooth jam!!!
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