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J is for the JB’s

11 Apr

For all intents and purposes, the JB’s were the first band playing Funk music. They formed as James Brown’s backing band in 1970, following a pay dispute between Brown and his former band. Brown taught the band to “play it on the one!” (the first note of a measure) and let them improvise from there, leading to incredible Funk improvisation. In addition to backing The Godfather of Soul, they backed Funk and soul legends Lyn Collins and Bobby Byrd.

The JB’s lineup was a constantly evolving mix of absolutely incredible Funk talent. Among the “Original JBs” were Bobby Byrd (organ), Jabo Starks (drums), and the two Collins brothers, Bootsy (bass) and Catfish (guitar). Horns players Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker also rejoined the group in 1970. Catfish, Bootsy, Fred and Maceo all left The JB’s to join George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic collective. The band essentially disbanded after Fred and Maceo left in 1976, but not before giving the world some of the best, raw Funk ever made.

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4 responses to “J is for the JB’s

  1. Ro @ Eat Live Move

    April 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I absolutely love your theme and blog!

    Gotta have that funk!

    Eat Live Move: Intuitive Eating from A to Z

     
  2. Debbie

    April 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Get the Funk out!!! This blog is too cool :) I have been loving the sound of funk ever since I was a little kid. Just found you here via A to Z blogging. Too bad its almost bed time. Have to come back tomorrow to listen to what you have posted so far.

     
  3. Shannon Lawrence

    April 11, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I have great respect for anyone who can improvise, and setting it up so that was a regular thing for them sounds pretty cool.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

     
  4. Andy

    April 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Hello.
    I will never tire of this music. You just can’t help it…you want to shake a leg or two as soon as you hear it. Many thanks again!

    Day 10/11: Jewels Of Darkness

     

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