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Dazz Band

The Cleveland-based Dazz Band was one of the more popular funk groups of the early '80s. Bobby Harris formed the group in the late '70s, merging two Cleveland funk bands, Bell Telefunk and Mother Braintree. After myriad lineup changes, the end result was an eight-piece band featuring Harris, Skip Martin III, Pierre DeMudd on horns and vocals, guitarist Eric Fearman, bassist Michael Wiley, drummer Isaac Wiley, keyboardist Kevin Frederick, and percussionist Kenny Pettus. Harris and lead songwriter/guitarist Mike Calhoun's concept for the group was "danceable jazz"; he shortened the description to "dazz" and called the group Kinsman Dazz. Under that name, the group had two small hits in the U.S.A. during 1978 and 1979. After Calhoun left they changed their name to the Dazz Band in 1980 and signed to Motown.

Invitation to Love, the band's first release for the record label, was released in 1980. Once the group veered away from the more melodic, pop-oriented dance music that dominated their debut and started playing a tougher, more groove-oriented funk, the Dazz Band began racking up the hits. "Let It Whip," taken from their second album Keep It Live (1982), reached number five and won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by an R&B Vocal Duo or Group. While they never reached those heights again, the Dazz Band had a string of six consecutive Top 100 albums that ran until 1986; during that time, they scored two other Top 100 singles, "Joystick" and "Let It All Blow." In 1985, Fearman and Frederick left the band; they were replaced by Marlon McClain and Keith Harrison, respectively. The Dazz Band switched labels to Geffen in 1986. That year they had their final charting album, Wild and Free. Soon after its release, the band switched to RCA. The group failed to have another hit and quietly faded away. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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reeedme89
Bessie, I hold her up in prayer with you! oh honey I know that heartache. Keep the Faith!!
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My heart aches for my daughter at this time. In 2004 we went to Africa World Festival, Dazz was THERE, she is goin now and I miss her so. oh,oh God help me omg.
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That cool song
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daddyer4742
#@zz; and
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Meet Jerry Bell, he's a sweat heart!!! Love this!!! Music like this needs to come back!
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No have lyrics
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What happen to these Cats!!!!
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These jams are what now a days music are based off.
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hardin7j3
Whip it all night long lol
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They were the best years of my life...
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hardin7j3
Whip it lol
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Life was good!
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hardin7j3
Every body want a joy stick lol
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That's old school
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Brings back good memories
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Love this song I was just a kid but knew the song word for word. played it on my Record player.
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law_aj25
Brings a smile to myself. What happen to all my dance moves? I used to be a pretty good dancer.
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johnmargie6
Oh yeah! Music had a story in those days that you could understand.
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Snap those fingers, move your head from side to side, throw that arm up, and let it whip, whip it right, oo no !!!!
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Snap those fingers move those shoulders shake that butt move ur feet around. Turn that head loose n Let's WHIP It. There no time to lose. Ohhh I think I'm dancing. There's something divine n u... Great jam
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I lik this song
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gayleg2012
Come on let it WHIP!!!!!
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My kinda. Funk
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the FUNK MASTER SAY WHERE U AT, I NEED U ON TH E DANCE FLOOR W ME, CAN YOU DIG IT, THE WHIP JUST WALK IN THE DOOR
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Real músic, classic. Soul
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Negroes are from the tribe of judah. Jesus (Yashaya) was a black man.
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This was the jam back in the club
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Childhood memories
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Too many memories
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This was the jam back in the club.
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I'm so gay for this song! Whip it
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I'm ready to dance!
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First song I'd request in the club back in the day
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Sleaster1. Whip it baby,make pain. Lmao
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Jackie love judy forever and a day.
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This is real music
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My twins were 3 yrs old when this jam came out, & we TO` dat ugly green house we lived in ALL UP dancin 2 the Dazz Band`s music!!!!!
It probably accelerated my arthritis by a decade...... . . . . = - O :-(:-D
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rhall008
Makes you want to get up and dance
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wow those were the days ... foot loose and fancy free
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Lets. Do. It. Now
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FUN DAYS!!!!!.
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Just let it,,,
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Time to party
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martinezbren n o n
This freaked me out! This isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this 10 different comments you will have the best day of your day tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
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Bbb loves maria forever
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Disco/Jazz at it's finest.
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Fav dance band greenfield heights yard party in the bean city..... Yeah...,.
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