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Zapp

One of the most underrated funk groups of the 1980s, Zapp revolutionized the computer pop of electro with their trademark vocoder talk boxes and bumping grooves, emulating the earthier side of Prince and Cameo, with a leader in Roger Troutman who was more than efficient at polished production. The family group, with brothers Roger, Lester, Larry, and Tony Troutman, grew up in Hamilton, OH, influenced by hometown heroes the Ohio Players as well as Parliament and other funk groups. Tony was the first to begin recording, with an obscure single for Gram-O-Phon Records, "I Truly Love You," which scraped the R&B charts in 1976. Joined by his brothers (with Roger on vocals and guitar, Lester on drums, Larry on percussion, and himself contributing bass) and christened Zapp, the group played around the Midwest and gradually picked up backing vocalists (Bobby Glover, Jannetta Boyce), keyboard players (Greg Jackson, Sherman Fleetwood) and a horn section (Eddie Barber, Jerome Derrickson, Mike Warren).

Zapp's following quickly gained notices, and Bootsy Collins himself was hired on to work with the group on their debut album. Released in 1980, Zapp hit the Top 20 on the pop charts, thanks to the single "More Bounce to the Ounce." The following year, Roger worked on Funkadelic's The Electric Spanking of War Babies and released his solo debut album, The Many Facets of Roger. His special cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," complete with vocoderized talk box, pushed the album into gold territory (as Zapp had done). Zapp II appeared in 1982 and proved just as popular as the group's first, including Zapp's only number one R&B single, "Dance Floor."

Zapp III barely made the Top 40 pop charts upon release in 1983, and Roger's second solo album, The Saga Continues, was also a disappointment, though his cover of "Midnight Hour" featured the Mighty Clouds of Joy. The New Zapp IV U fared slightly better after release in late 1985 (thanks to the single "Computer Love"), but in 1987, Roger's third solo album, Unlimited!, featured the group's biggest hit yet, "I Want to Be Your Man," a chart-topper on the R&B lists and a respectable number three pop. Though Roger and/or Zapp hit the R&B charts frequently during the rest of the late '80s, the unit had effectively halted recording with the 1991 Roger LP Bridging the Gap. Roger continued to produce and play with other artists, and it was his talk box that graced Dr. Dre & 2Pac's Top Ten 1996 single "California Love." The 1993 Roger & Zapp collection All the Greatest Hits sold well, earning the collective their first platinum record. The Zapp story ended in tragedy on April 25, 1999, when Roger was shot to death by Larry, who then turned the gun on himself. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Yes this is so smooth!
FUNKY!
Love u zapp...
Yes this is soo smooth!
LOL THIS IS BUMPIN AND IM ONLY 12 THANK U ZAP
This takes me way back to my youngest days.90s&80s .
So ruff so tuff out here yeeeee
mondo75nino
Great song
Yeah Baby :)
Young Lady with a old school heart lol love me so me zapp
niki31319
I LOVE ME SUM ROGER TROUTMAN ��R.I.P
Thts my s**t
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Rip...Roger
Roger Troutman thanks for everything you gave us i got my first Zapp single Computer Love on a 45and burned moms out so much she snapped it in two but been listening to it thanks to pops scenic there debut album ya knows more bounc to the ounce alright thanks again Roger RIP see you when i get their any Larry we forgive you also RIP
miramarwest
Great Memories of Hot 105 Miami Back in the day.
Wow I did not remember that, music angels in heaven
A legend u still are ..may u Rip
RIP ....Roger. ..!
I LUV U, ROGER, & I'll NEVER 4get u.....:-) :'(:-)
I wanna be your man honestly the best out of all of the songs by far
zapp's best song I Want To Be Your Man
Luv Zapp!! Last night's concert was soooooo sick! !! Art Labor Concert, Devore Amphitheater . 9.20.14... Can't wait to see them again!!! ♡
Legend in Dayton oh.... old schools know what's up.. RIP. Roger...
my all time group and friends, this is Casper, rip Roger!!!
Bump their music while I'm cruising my 64 down the street!!
Zapp....sooo . . s o o o . . . m a n y great hits!!!
Love it. Good music will never die...
RIP roger
Love it...so smooth
There is a circumstanti a l case that some procreating happened!
Luv this song and luv u R.I.P my mother brung me here I wouldn't know half of these songs without her
funky! just like the band Soul Vibrator!
My earliest memories involve Zapp playin in the background
c/s
Zapp was. all that and. more Best of. the .Best
Zapp was the S**T back in the day ,but it still be jamming

I don't care what they say' you lived and died in Dayton' always my home . tony gooch
MY JAM OF ALLLLL TIMES, MUCH LOVE ZAPP.
This song" I wanna be your man" just makes me want to dance and drink wine to get in that mood when I'm with my honey...
"Mega Medley"Zappz z z - B a d d - B o y z z z
~H-Town~Groo v i n ' ~ W e - D o n ' t - S t o p - T h e - M u s i c ~

LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 7 m 1 4 y ~
I love you zapp?
Love some ZAPP
Yass my sonh
My son BIG TONES SONG Miss You so much Tony Ali.xoxo.
RIP....got nothing but love for ya!!!!!! never got to see in person, but bought Sinbad's live show in Aruba, whenever I need my Roger fix, I put in my dvd...
This one takes me back too those caberts in D.C. Md! (Where y'all at!)
ubiejr6
First heard this song in November 1980 at 10:00 pm here in KC. Me and my buddies stopped talking in mid-sentence and didn't say another word until it went off. We were blown away!
computer love!
Roger Troutman & Zapp was one of the greatest to ever do it. artists nowadays need to be grateful they have music like this to sample. RIP Troutman brothers.
Loving Zapp band RIP
Zapp and Roger = 100% Chingon!
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