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Zapp (also known as the Zapp Band or Zapp & Roger) is an American funk band from Dayton, OH. Highly influential in electro subgenre of funk, Zapp was known for its use of the talk box. The band’s original line-up consisted of brothers Larry, Lester, Roger and Terry Troutman and non-Troutman family members Bobby Glover, Gregory Jackson, Sherman Fleetwood, Jerome Derrickson, Eddie Barber and Jannetta Boyce. Formed in the 1960’s, the group began performing in small clubs in Ohio in the 1970s. Boosty and Phelps Collins attended one performance, and impressed with Zapp’s musical abilities, invited the group to United Sound Studios. Subsequently, Roger Troutman wrote and recorded a demo of the song “More Bounce To The Ounce.” George Clinton, leader of Parliment-Funkadelic, heard the track and encouraged Troutman to present the demo to Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. signed Zapp to the label in 1979. On July 28, 1980, Zapp released their self-titled debut album. The album’s sound, which was influenced by Parliment-Funkadelic, contrasted largely with Zapp’s later releases. “More Bounce To The Ounce” reached number two on the Billboard Hot R&B Tracks chart for two weeks in the autumn of 1980. Zapp’s self-titled debut album was certified gold by the RIAA on November 18, 1980. Zapp later went on to score such his as “Dance Floor”, “Computer Love”, “Heartbreaker” and  “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, among others. After disbanding, Zapp returned to performing in 2003 with a live concert, and touring across the United States.

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