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The Fatback Band, known later as simply Fatback, is an American funk/R&B band from New York City that rose to prominence during the 1970s and 1980s. The band was formed in 1970 by session drummer Bill Curtis, who was inspired to merge the fatback jazz of New Orleans into a funk band. In addition to Curtis, the group’s initial lineup included Johnny King (guitar), Johnny Flippin (bass), George Williams (trumpet), Earl Shelton (saxophone), George Adams (flute) and Gerry Thomas (keyboards). The band specialized in playing street funk. The group also later included Wayne Woolford (congas), vocalists Jayne, Gerry and Deborah Cooper, Fred Demerey (saxophone) and Louis Wright and George Victory (guitar). The Fatback Band signed with Perception Records  and had a hit with “Street Dance”, which reached the Top 30 on the Billboard R&B chart, but failed to cross over to the pop chart, a pattern the group would follow for the rest of their career. The band released the albums “Let’s Do It Again”, “People Music”  and “Feel My Soul” before signing to Event Records in 1974. In the mid-1970’s, the band incorporated jazz elements and moved toward a disco sound resulting in the singles, “Keep On Stepping”, “Yum, Yum (Give Me Some)” and “(Are You Ready) To Do The Bus Stop”. The band later signed with Spring/Polydor Records and released the singles “Party Time”, “The Booty” and “Double Dutch.” In 1977, the band changed its name to Fatback and had a Top Ten single with “I Like Girls.” The song “King Tim (Personality Jock)” is considered the first commercially released rap single. In 1980, Fatback had their biggest hits with “Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)” and “Backstroking.” They also charted with “Take It Any Way You Want It”, “I Found Loving” and “Spread Love.” They released the albums “Let’s Do It Again” (1972), “People Music” (1973), “Feel My Soul” (1974), “Keep On Stepping” (1974), “Yum Yum” (1975), “Raising Hell” (1975), “Night Fever” (1976), “NYCNYUSA” (1977), “Man With The Band” (1977), “Fired Up ‘N’ Kickin” (1978), “Brite Lites Big City” (1979) and “Fatback XII” (1979).

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