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  • Funk Friday: The J.B.’s | The Grunt

    This guest post is by Tom Cooney of a.tom.called.cooney. The J.B.’s are best known as the backup band for James Brown in addition to backing up Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins and other members of the James Brown Revue.  The band was formed in 1970 after walking out on Brown because […]

     
  • Funk Friday: The Bar-Kays | Soul Finger

    This guest post is by Tom Cooney of a.tom.called.cooney. The Bar-Kays first played together in 1966 as a backing band on Stax Records.  There were 6 original band members; Jimmy King, Ronnie Caldwell, Phalon Jones, Carl Cunningham, Ben Cauley, and James Alexander.  Just as their career was taking off King, […]

     
  • Funk Friday: Barry White | Playing Your Game, Babe

    This guest post is by Tom Cooney of a.tom.called.cooney. Barry Eugene White was born in Galveston, Texas in 1944.  His family eventually moved to South Central Los Angeles where he began playing piano at an early age.  White started gang banging with his brother Darryl and eventually was locked up […]

     
  • Funk Friday: Cameo | Word Up!

    This guest post is by Tom Cooney of a.tom.called.cooney. Thirteen original band members formed the New York City Players in the early 70s.  By 1974 they had changed their name to Cameo to avoid confusion between them and a similar funk band, The Ohio Players.  By this time the band […]

     
  • Funk Friday: Leon Haywood | I Wanta Do Something Freaky To You

    This guest post is by Tom Cooney of a.tom.called.cooney. Leon Haywood started his career in the 1960’s in Houston, Texas as a singer/songwriter.  After relocating to Los Angeles he recorded over 20 US R&B singles on Decca Records, Columbia Records, and MCA Records.  His most popular single is “I Wanta […]

     
  • Reminisce Wednesday: DJ Mike Czech & DJ H.O.P. | Neck Exercize (Download)

    There are some moments when I regret leaving San Diego in 1998 to pursue a degree in photography. The beginning of the hip hop era in San Diego was just taking off. Dj Mike Czech and Dj H.O.P. have been putting down the Strictly Hip Hop shit for many years. This is […]

     
 
 

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