Sad news out of the world of R&B. Malcolm Duncan, a founding member and saxophonist for 70’s funk/R&B band Average White Band, has died. He was 74. During the decade when funk bands reigned supreme, Average White Band rose to prominence in 1974 with their self titled “White Album.” The album featured the across-the-board hit “Pick Up The Pieces”, a cover of the Isley Brother’s “Work To Do” and “Nothing You Can Do.” In 1975, the band released their sophomore effort “Cut The Cake.” It featured the title track, “School Boy Crush” and a cover of the Leon Ware hit “If I Ever Lose This Heaven.” Average White Band went on to release 5 successful albums during the next few years, charting with such hits as “A Love Of Your Own”, “Cloudy” and “Give Up The Love.” By the end of the 70’s, they struggled to update their trademark sound to address the disco market, although they had a minor hit with “Let’s Go Round Again.” By 1982’s “Cupid’s In Fashion”, Average White Band had faded from the upper echelon of recording artists. AWB broke up after “Cupid’s In Fashion”, but reformed in 1987 with a line up that consisted of Onnie McIntyre, Roger Ball and Duncan. They recorded the album “After Shock”, which was a minor hit. The group has continued in various incarnations since then, releasing “Soul Tattoo” in 1996, and the live album, “In Living Color”, which is available on their website. AWB’s current lineup consists of Alan Gorrie (vocals, bass), Onnie McIntyre (guitar), Freddy Vidgor (saxophone), Rocky Bryant (drums) and Klyde Jones (vocals), and they continue to tour around the world. Malcolm Duncan’s body of work will continue to provide listening pleasure to fans for generations to come. May he rest in peace.