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A seminal funk} ensemble, the Fatback Band} made many great singles through the '70s and early '80s, ranging from humorous novelty} tunes to energetic dance} vehicles and even occasional political/message tracks. The original lineup featured drummer Bill Curtis}, trumpeter George Williams}, guitarist Johnny King}, bassist Johnny Flippin}, saxophonist Earl Shelton}, and flutist George Adam}. Synthesizer player Gerry Thomas}, saxophonist Fred Demerey}, and guitarist George Victory} were integral parts of the group during their peak years. They began recording for Perception} in the early '70s, and had moderate luck with "Street Dance"} in 1973. They moved to Event} in 1974, and while funk} audiences loved such songs as "Wicki-Wacky"} and "(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop,"} they didn't generate much sales action. Their first sizable hit was "Spanish Hustle"} in 1976, which reached number 12 on the R&B} charts. They shortened their name to Fatback} in 1977, and landed their first Top Ten R&B} hit with "I Like Girls"} in 1978. Their 1979 single "King Tim III (Personality Jock)"} is widely considered the first rap} single in many circles. But their biggest year was 1980. They scored two Top Ten R&B} hits with "Gotta Get My Hands on Some (Money)"} and "Backstrokin',"} their finest tune. Fatback} kept going through the mid-'80s, landing one more Top 20 hit with "Take It Any Way You Can Want It"} in 1981. They were backed by the female vocal trio Wild Sugar} in 1981-82, and Evelyn Thomas} also provided the lead vocal for "Spread Love"} in 1985, their last song for Spring}. Fatback} also recorded a pair of LPs for Cotillion} in 1984 and 1985. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

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