Ronnie Gene Dunn is an American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. In 2011, Dunn began working as a solo artist following the breakup of Dunn, he released his self-titled debut album for Arista Nashville on June 7, 2011, reaching the Top 10 with its lead-off single "Bleed Red". In 2013, after leaving Arista Nashville in 2012, Dunn founded Little Will-E Records. On April 8, 2014, Ronnie Dunn released his second solo album, Peace and Country Music through his own Little Will-E Records. On November 11, 2016, he released his third album Tattooed Heart on NASH Icon label. In 2019, Dunn was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dunn was born in Coleman and attended 13 schools in his first 12 years of school, he began school in New Mexico and finished his formal education at Abilene Christian University in 1975 as a psychology major. When he began playing bass guitar and singing with bands in clubs in the Abilene, area, the university gave him the choice of either quitting the band or the university.
He chose to leave the university and moved to Tulsa, for a chance at the country music scene. He lived there for many years while drawing much inspiration from local honky tonks such as Tulsa City Limits, prominently featured in the music video for Brooks & Dunn's hit "Boot Scootin' Boogie". While he was in college, he served as a music and youth minister at Avoca Baptist Church in Avoca, Texas. Ronnie began his musical career as a solo artist, he charted two minor singles with Churchill/MCA Records: in 1983 he released "It's Written All Over Your Face", in 1984, "She Put the Sad in All His Songs". In 1990, he and Kix Brooks formed Dunn. In 1991 they released their first album, Brand New Man, certified 6x platinum by the RIAA. Brooks & Dunn released 12 studio albums, two greatest hits albums, a Christmas album. Brooks & Dunn sold over 30 million albums, had 20 number-one singles on Billboard, were one of the most successful acts on the concert circuit. In 2009, they announced that they would disband in 2010.
On December 3, 2014 it was announced that Brooks & Dunn would reunite along with Reba McEntire to perform a series of concerts throughout the summer and fall of 2015. In late 2010, Dunn announced; the album's first single, "Bleed Red", was released to country radio on January 29, 2011, debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending February 19, 2011 and ended as a Top 10, his first of his solo career. Dunn's self-titled album Ronnie Dunn was released on June 7, 2011; the second single from the album, "Cost of Livin'", was released on June 6, 2011, debuted at number 56 on the country chart. It peaked at number 19, followed by "Let the Cowboy Rock" at number 31; the album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums, as well as number 5 on the Billboard 200, selling 45,000 copies in its first week in the US. In June 2012 Ronnie Dunn took to social media to ask his fans what the fourth single on the album should be. Shortly after, Ronnie got a call from the executives at Sony Music saying that his "fb post killed the "Let The Cowboy Rock" single.
He requested for radio to start playing "Once" as the next single. Before the song could be released to radio as a single, he was released from the label. In March 2013, Ronnie Dunn previewed the song "Country This" on Sound Cloud. On June 4, 2013, Ronnie released the two new tracks, "Country This" and "Kiss You There" on iTunes; the songs were each previewed for a month on The Highway on Sirius XM. On July 9, 2013, Dunn announced his new record deal, a joint effort between HitShop Records and his own label Little Will-E Records with HitShop executing radio promotion while Dunn retains personal brand control; the lead-off single for his second solo album, "Kiss You There", was released to country radio on July 29, 2013. After an unsuccessful run with "Kiss You There", Dunn and HitShop Records parted ways. On November 19, 2013, Dunn released the second single from the forthcoming album, "Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes". In January 2014 Dunn released "Grown Damn Man" as a promotional single from the second solo album.
The album, Peace and Country Music, was released on April 8, 2014. On December 1, 2014, Ronnie Dunn began to speculate on his Facebook page that he had signed with the newest imprint of Big Machine Label Group, NASH Icon, but the label never confirmed nor denied. On January 12, 2015, President of Big Machine Scott Borchetta announced that Dunn had joined Reba McEntire and Martina McBride making him the third artist to join the roster. Borchetta stated in a press release "Ronnie Dunn has one of the smoothest, most-recognized and most-popular voices of the last twenty five years in Country music. I’m honored to have him join us and take his rightful place as an Icon. Great music is on the way." Dunn commented in the article saying "This is the best possible scenario that I can imagine. The Big Machine and Cumulus combination is a force, I am proud to be included in this innovative venture"; the press release went on to announce Ronnie Dunn was about to hit the studio to record what is now his third solo album and that the lead off single of the album was released in early spring of 2015.
The lead single from Dunn's third solo album, "Ain't No Trucks in Texas", was released on July 17, 2015. On April 22, 2016, Dunn announced the second single, "Damn Drunk", on his Facebook page; the song was released August 5, 2016. On August 22, 2016, Dunn announced that the title of his upcoming third solo album will be Tattooed Heart and It released on November 11, 2016. Dunn married his wife, Janine, on May 19, 1990. Ronnie Dunn has over 15 Grammy
A drum kit — called a drum set, trap set, or drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums and idiophones – most cymbals, but can include the woodblock and cowbell. In the 2000s, some kits include electronic instruments. Both hybrid and electronic kits are used. A standard modern kit, as used in popular music and taught in music schools, contains: A snare drum, mounted on a stand, placed between the player's knees and played with drum sticks A bass drum, played by a pedal operated by the right foot, which moves a felt-covered beater One or more toms, played with sticks or brushes A hi-hat, played with the sticks and closed with left foot pedal One or more cymbals, mounted on stands, played with the sticksAll of these are classified as non-pitched percussion, allowing the music to be scored using percussion notation, for which a loose semi-standardized form exists for both the drum kit and electronic drums.
The drum kit is played while seated on a stool known as a throne. While many instruments like the guitar or piano are capable of performing melodies and chords, most drum kits are unable to achieve this as they produce sounds of indeterminate pitch; the drum kit is a part of the standard rhythm section, used in many types of popular and traditional music styles, ranging from rock and pop to blues and jazz. Other standard instruments used in the rhythm section include the piano, electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards. Many drummers extend their kits from this basic configuration, adding more drums, more cymbals, many other instruments including pitched percussion. In some styles of music, particular extensions are normal. For example, some rock and heavy metal drummers make use of double bass drums, which can be achieved with either a second bass drum or a remote double foot pedal; some progressive drummers may include orchestral percussion such as gongs and tubular bells in their rig. Some performers, such as some rockabilly drummers, play small kits that omit elements from the basic setup.
Before the development of the drum set and cymbals used in military and orchestral music settings were played separately by different percussionists. In the 1840s, percussionists began to experiment with foot pedals as a way to enable them to play more than one instrument, but these devices would not be mass-produced for another 75 years. By the 1860s, percussionists started combining multiple drums into a set; the bass drum, snare drum and other percussion instruments were all struck with hand-held drum sticks. Drummers in musical theater shows and stage shows, where the budget for pit orchestras was limited, contributed to the creation of the drum set by developing techniques and devices that would enable them to cover the roles of multiple percussionists. Double-drumming was developed to enable one person to play the bass and snare with sticks, while the cymbals could be played by tapping the foot on a "low-boy". With this approach, the bass drum was played on beats one and three. While the music was first designed to accompany marching soldiers, this simple and straightforward drumming approach led to the birth of ragtime music when the simplistic marching beats became more syncopated.
This resulted in dance feel. The drum set was referred to as a "trap set", from the late 1800s to the 1930s, drummers were referred to as "trap drummers". By the 1870s, drummers were using an "overhang pedal". Most drummers in the 1870s preferred to do double drumming without any pedal to play multiple drums, rather than use an overhang pedal. Companies patented their pedal systems such as Dee Dee Chandler of New Orleans 1904–05. Liberating the hands for the first time, this evolution saw the bass drum played with the foot of a standing percussionist; the bass drum became the central piece around which every other percussion instrument would revolve. William F. Ludwig, Sr. and his brother, Theobald Ludwig, founded the Ludwig & Ludwig Co. in 1909 and patented the first commercially successful bass drum pedal system, paving the way for the modern drum kit. Wire brushes for use with drums and cymbals were introduced in 1912; the need for brushes arose due to the problem of the drum sound overshadowing the other instruments on stage.
Drummers began using metal fly swatters to reduce the volume on stage next to the other acoustic instruments. Drummers could still play the rudimentary snare figures and grooves with brushes that they would play with drumsticks. By World War I, drum kits were marching band-style military bass drums with many percussion items suspended on and around them. Drum kits became a central part of jazz Dixieland; the modern drum kit was developed in the vaudeville era during the 1920s in New Orleans. In 1917, a New Orleans band called "The Original Dixieland Jazz Band " recorded jazz tunes that became hits all o
Stephen Arthur Stills is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Nash & Young. Beginning his professional career with Buffalo Springfield, he composed one of their few hits "For What It's Worth", which became one of the most recognizable songs of the 1960s. Other notable songs he contributed to the band were "Sit Down, I Think I Love You", "Bluebird" and "Rock & Roll Woman". According to bandmate Richie Furay, he was "the heart and soul of Buffalo Springfield". After Buffalo Springfield disbanded, Stills began working with David Crosby and Graham Nash as a trio called Crosby, Stills & Nash. Stills, in addition to writing many of the band's songs, played bass and keyboards on their debut album; the album sold over four million copies and at that point had outsold anything from the three members' prior bands: the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Hollies. The album won the trio a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Neil Young of Buffalo Springfield, joined CSN months for their second concert at Woodstock and subsequent album Déjà Vu.
Stills played bass and keyboard on the title track and electric guitar and piano on "Helpless". The album sold over eight million copies. In its wake all four members of Crosby, Nash & Young released solo albums that reached the top 20. Stills's first solo album, Stephen Stills, went gold and is the only album to feature both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, its hit single, "Love the One You're With", became his biggest solo hit, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. A string of solo albums, a band with Chris Hillman called Manassas, followed in 1972. In summer 1974 Young reunited with CSN after a four-year hiatus for a concert tour, recorded and released in 2014 as CSNY 1974, it was one of the largest tour the band has done to date. CSN reunited in 1977 for their album CSN. CSN and CSNY continued to have platinum albums through the 1980s. Stills's solo career and bands have combined sales of over 35 million albums. Stills was ranked number 28 in Rolling Stone's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and number 47 in the 2011 list.
He became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield. According to Neil Young, "Stephen is a genius." Stills was born in Dallas, the son of Talitha Quintilla and William Arthur Stills. Raised in a military family, he moved around as a child, developed an interest in blues and folk music, he was influenced by Latin music after spending his youth in Gainesville and Tampa, Florida. Stills attended Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg and Saint Leo College Preparatory School in Saint Leo, Florida. Stills is an avid sailor. Stills dropped out of LSU in the early 1960s, he played in a series of bands, including the Continentals, which featured future Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Stills sang as a solo artist at Gerde's Folk City, a well-known coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Stills ended up in a nine-member vocal harmony group, the house act at the famous Cafe au Go Go in NYC, called the Au Go Go Singers, which included his future Buffalo Springfield bandmate Richie Furay.
This group did some touring in the Catskills and in the South, released one album in 1964 broke up in 1965. Afterwards, along with four other former members of the Au Go Go Singers, formed the Company, a folk-rock group; the Company embarked on a six-week tour of Canada. On the VH1 CSNY Legends special, Stills said that Young was doing what he always wanted to do, "play folk music in a rock band." The Company broke up in New York within four months. In 1966 he convinced a reluctant Furay living in Massachusetts, to move with him to California. Stills and Young reunited in Los Angeles and formed the core of Buffalo Springfield. Legend has it that Stills and Furay recognized Young's converted hearse and flagged him down, a meeting described in a recent solo track "Round the Bend"; the band would release three albums: Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again, Last Time Around, enjoy only one hit single, the Stills-penned "For What It's Worth" before disbanding. A Stills song from their debut album, "Sit Down, I Think I Love You," was a minor hit for the Mojo Men in 1967.
After the disintegration of Buffalo Springfield, Stills played on the Super Session album with Al Kooper and joined up with David Crosby, ejected from the Byrds in the autumn of 1967. At a party in Laurel Canyon, Crosby was introduced to Graham Nash by a mutual friend, Cass Elliot, Nash found himself soon joining in singing with Crosby and Stills. Renditions of the latter's "You Don't Have to Cry," led to the formation of Stills & Nash. Several of Stills's songs, including "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "You Don't Have To Cry" on the group's debut album were inspired by his on-again off-again relationship with singer Judy Collins. In a 1971 interview in Rolling Stone the interviewer noted, "so many of your songs seem to be about Judy Collins." Stills replied, "Well, there are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature. I've had my share of success and failure at all three."The cover photo pictured on the debut was taken on the back porch of a house in West Hollywood, torn down the next day.
Robert Clark Seger is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s, breaking through with his first national hit and album in 1968. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the'System' from his recordings and continued to strive for broader success with various other bands. In 1973, he put together the Silver Bullet Band, with a group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful on the national level with the album Live Bullet, recorded live with the Silver Bullet Band in 1975 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. In 1976, he achieved a national breakout with the studio album Night Moves. On his studio albums, he worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appeared on several of Seger's best-selling singles and albums. A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, Seger wrote and recorded songs that deal with love and blue-collar themes and is an example of a heartland rock artist.
Seger has recorded many hits, including "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", "Night Moves", "Turn the Page", "Still the Same", "We've Got Tonight", "Against the Wind", "You'll Accomp'ny Me", "Shame on the Moon", "Like a Rock", "Shakedown", written for Beverly Hills Cop II. Seger co-wrote the Eagles' number-one hit "Heartache Tonight", his recording of "Old Time Rock and Roll" was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. With a career spanning six decades, Seger has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Seger was named Billboard's 2015 Legend of Live honoree at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, held November 18–19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, he announced his farewell tour in September 2018. Seger was born at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, the son of Charlotte and Stewart Seger. At age five he moved with his family to Ann Arbor.
He has George. Seger's father, a medical technician for the Ford Motor Company, played several instruments and Seger was exposed to music from an early age. Seger was exposed to frequent arguments between his parents that disturbed the neighborhood at night. In 1956, when Seger was 10 years old, his father moved to California; the remaining family soon struggled financially. Seger attended Tappan Junior High School in Ann Arbor and graduated in 1963 from Pioneer High School, known at the time as Ann Arbor High School, he ran field in high school. Seger went to Lincoln Park High School for a time. Regarding his early musical inspirations, Seger has stated, "Little Richard – he was the first one that got to me. Little Richard and, of course, Elvis Presley." "Come Go with Me" by The Del-Vikings, a hit in 1957, was the first record. Bob Seger arrived on the Detroit music scene in 1961 fronting a three-piece band called the Decibels; the band included Seger on guitar, piano and vocals, Pete Stanger on guitar, H.
B. Hunter on drums. All of the members attended Ann Arbor High; the Decibels recorded an acetate demo of a song called "The Lonely One", at Del Shannon's studio in 1961. As well as being Seger's first original song, "The Lonely One" was Seger's first song to be played on the radio, airing only once on an Ann Arbor radio station. After the Decibels disbanded, Seger joined the Town Criers, a four-piece band with Seger on lead vocals, John Flis on bass, Pep Perrine on drums, Larry Mason on lead guitar; the Town Criers, covering songs like "Louie Louie", began gaining a steady following. Meanwhile, Seger was listening to James Brown and said that, for him and his friends, Live at the Apollo was their favorite record following its release in 1963. Seger was widely influenced by the music of The Beatles, once they hit American shores in 1964. In general, he and local musician friends such as future Eagle Glenn Frey bought into the premises of 1960s pop and rock radio, with its hook-driven hits; as the Town Criers began landing more gigs, Bob Seger met a man named Doug Brown, backed by a band called The Omens.
Seger joined Doug Brown & The Omens, who had a bigger following than the Town Criers. While Doug Brown was the primary lead vocalist for the group, Seger would take the lead on some songs—covering R&B numbers, it was with this group that Seger first appeared on an released recording: the 1965 single "TGIF" backed with "First Girl", credited to Doug Brown and The Omens. Seger appeared on Doug Brown and The Omens' parody of Barry Sadler's song "Ballad of the Green Berets", re-titled "Ballad of the Yellow Beret" and mocked draft evaders. Soon after its release and his record label threatened Brown and his band with a lawsuit and the recording was withdrawn from the market. While Bob was a member of The Omens, he met his longtime manager Edward "Punch" Andrews, who at the time was partnered with Dave Leone running the Hideout franchise, which consisted of four club locations from Clawson to Rochester Hills, where local acts would play, a small-scale record label. Seger began writing and producing for other acts that Punch was managing, such as the Mama Cats and the Mushrooms.
Seger and Doug Brown were approached by Punch and Leone to write a song for the Underdogs, another local band who had a hit with a song called "Man in the Glass". Seger contributed a
The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry and Maurice Gibb; the trio were successful as a popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as prominent performers of the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s. The group sang recognisable three-part tight harmonies; the Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists. Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, England, until the late 1950s. There, in 1955, they formed the roll group the Rattlesnakes; the family moved to Redcliffe, in the Moreton Bay Region, Australia, to Cribb Island. After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with "Spicks and Specks", they returned to the UK in January 1967, when producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience; the Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The Bee Gees' Hall of Fame citation says, "Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees."Following Maurice's death in January 2003, at the age of 53, Barry and Robin retired the group's name after 45 years of activity. In 2009, Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed the Bee Gees would perform again. Robin died in May 2012, aged 62, after a prolonged struggle with cancer and other health problems, leaving Barry as the only surviving member of the group. Born in the Isle of Man during the 1940s, the brothers Barry and Maurice Gibb moved to their father Hugh Gibb's hometown of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, England in 1955, they formed a skiffle/rock-and-roll group, the Rattlesnakes, which consisted of Barry on guitar and vocals and Maurice on vocals, friends Paul Frost on drums and Kenny Horrocks on tea-chest bass. In December 1957, the boys began to sing in harmony; the story is told that they were going to lip sync to a record in the local Gaumont cinema, but as they were running to the theatre, the fragile shellac 78-RPM record broke.
The brothers had to sing live and received such a positive response from the audience that they decided to pursue a singing career. In May 1958, the Rattlesnakes were disbanded when Frost and Horrocks left, so the Gibb brothers formed Wee Johnny Hayes and the Blue Cats, with Barry as Johnny Hayes. In August 1958, the Gibb family, including older sister Lesley and infant brother Andy, emigrated to Redcliffe, just north-east of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia; the young brothers began performing to raise pocket money. They were introduced to leading Brisbane radio DJ Bill Gates by speedway promoter and driver Bill Goode, who had hired the brothers to entertain the crowd at the Redcliffe Speedway in 1960; the crowd at the speedway would throw money onto the track for the boys, who performed during the interval of meetings, in a deal with Goode, any money they collected from the crowd they were allowed to keep. Gates renamed them the BGs after Goode's and Barry Gibb's initials; the name was not a reference to "Brothers Gibb," despite popular belief.
The family moved to a house at Cribb Island, demolished to allow the expansion of Brisbane Airport. While there, the brothers attended Northgate State School. By 1960, the Bee Gees were featured on television shows, including their performance of "Time Is Passing By." In the next few years they began working at resorts on the Queensland coast. For his songwriting, Barry sparked the interest of Australian star Col Joye, who helped them get a recording deal in 1963 with Festival Records subsidiary Leedon Records, under the name "Bee Gees"; the three released two or three singles a year, while Barry supplied additional songs to other Australian artists. In 1962, the Bee Gees were chosen as the supporting act for Chubby Checker's concert at Sydney Stadium. From 1963 to 1966, the Gibb family lived at Maroubra in Sydney. Just prior to his death, Robin Gibb recorded the song "Sydney," about the brothers' experience of living in that city, it was released on his posthumous album 50 St. Catherine's Drive.
The house was demolished in 2016. A minor hit in 1965, "Wine and Women," led to the group's first LP, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs. By 1966 Festival was, however, on the verge of dropping them from the Leedon roster because of their perceived lack of commercial success, it was at this time that they met the American-born songwriter and entrepreneur Nat Kipner, who had just been appointed A&R manager of a new independent label, Spin Records. Kipner took over as the group's manager and negotiated their transfer to Spin in exchange for granting Festival the Australian distribution rights to the group's recordings. Through Kipner the Bee Gees met engineer-producer, Ossie Byrne, who produced many of the earlier Spin recordings, most of which were cut at his own small, self-built St Clair Studio in the Sydney suburb of Hurstville. Byrne gave the Gibb brothers unlimited access to St Clair Studio over a pe
The Gap Band
The Gap Band was an American R&B and funk band that rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. The band consisted of three brothers Charlie and Robert Wilson; the group shortened its name to The Gap Band in 1973. After 43 years together, they retired in 2010; the band received its first big break by being the back up band for fellow Oklahoman Leon Russell's Stop All That Jazz album released in 1974. Early on, the group took on a funk sound reminiscent of the early 1970s; this style failed to catch on, their first two LP's, 1974's Magician's Holiday, recorded at Leon Russell's historic The Church Studio and 1977's The Gap Band, failed to chart or produce any charting singles. Afterwards, they were introduced to LA producer Lonnie Simmons, who signed them to his production company Total Experience Productions, managed to get them a record deal with Mercury Records. On their first album with Simmons, The Gap Band, they found chart success with songs such as "I'm in Love" and "Shake"; that year, the group released "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance" on their album The Gap Band II.
Although it did not hit the Hot 100, it soared to #4 R&B, the album went gold. The song, the band's musical output as a whole, became more P-Funk-esque, with expanded use of the synthesizers and spoken monologues within songs; the song "Steppin'" reached the top 10 R&B. Charlie Wilson provided background vocals on Stevie Wonder's 1980 hit "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" from Wonder's album Hotter Than July; the band reached a whole new level of fame in 1980 with the release of the #1 R&B and #16 Billboard 200 hit, The Gap Band III. That album had soul ballads such as the #5 R&B song "Yearning for Your Love", funk songs such as the R&B chart-topper "Burn Rubber on Me" and "Humpin'", they repeated this formula on the #1 R&B album Gap Band IV in 1982, which resulted in three hit singles: "Early in the Morning", "You Dropped a Bomb on Me", "Outstanding". It was during this time, their 1983 album, Gap Band V: Jammin', went gold, but was not quite as successful as the previous works, peaking at #2 R&B and #28 on the Billboard 200.
The single "Party Train" peaked at #3 R&B, the song "Jam the Motha'" peaked at #16 R&B, but neither made it onto the Hot 100. The album's closer "Someday" featured Stevie Wonder as a guest vocalist, their next work, Gap Band VI brought them back to #1 R&B in 1985, but the album sold fewer copies and did not go gold. "Beep a Freak" hit #2 R&B, "I Found My Baby" peaked at #8 on the R&B charts, "Disrespect" peaked at #18. That year, lead singer Charlie Wilson and singer Shirley Murdock provided backing vocals on Zapp & Roger's #2 R&B "Computer Love". While their 1986 cover of "Going in Circles" went to #2 on the R&B charts, the album it was released on, Gap Band VII, hit #6 R&B, the album became their first in years to miss the Billboard 200, peaking at a mere #159. While they were beginning to struggle stateside, the group found their greatest success in the UK when their 1986 single "Big Fun" from Gap Band 8 reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart. 1988's Straight from the Heart was their last studio album with Total Experience.
The Gap Band caught a small break in 1988 with the Keenen Ivory Wayans film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. They contributed the # 14 R&B title track to the film, their first song on their new label, Capitol Records, 1989's "All of My Love", is, to date, their last #1 R&B hit. The album produced the #8 R&B "Addicted to Your Love" and the #18 R&B ""We Can Make it Alright." They went on a five-year hiatus from producing new material. During the 1990s, the band released two live albums. In 1992, Charlie has had several moderate R&B hits on his own. Wilson's vocals were credited in part for inspiring the vocal style of new jack swing artists Guy, Aaron Hall, Keith Sweat, R. Kelly; the band reunited in 1996, issued The Gap Band: Live and Well, a live greatest hits album. On August 26, 2005, The Gap Band was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI Urban Awards; the honor is given to a creator, "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers". "Outstanding" alone remains one of the most sampled songs in history and has, been used by over 150 artists.
Robert Wilson died of a heart attack at his home in Palmdale, California on August 15, 2010, at the age of 53. Since the 1990s, many of The Gap Band's hits have been sampled and or covered by R&B and hip hop artists such as II D Extreme, Brand Nubian, the Creator, 69 Boyz, Big Mello, Mary J. Blige, Da Brat, Ice Cube, Jermaine Dupri, Mia X, Rob Base, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, Soul For Real, Vesta. Other musicians inspired by The Gap Band include Guy, Aaron Hall, Jagged Edge, Bill Heausler, Mint Condition, R. Kelly, Ruff Endz, Keith Sweat, Joe Miller, GRiTT, The Delta Troubadours, D'Extra Wiley. Producer Heavy D sampled "Outstanding" for "Every Little Thing" a 1995 hit single by his boy
Live Aid was a dual-venue benefit concert held on Saturday 13 July 1985, an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the "global jukebox", the event was held at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, United States. On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as the Soviet Union, Japan, Austria and West Germany, it was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time. The impact of Live Aid on famine relief has been debated for years. One aid relief worker stated that following the publicity generated by the concert, “humanitarian concern is now at the centre of foreign policy” for western governments. Geldof said Live Aid "created something permanent and self-sustaining", but asked why Africa is getting poorer; the organisers of Live Aid tried, without much success, to run aid efforts directly, so channelled millions to the NGOs in Ethiopia, much of which went to the Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam – a brutal regime the UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to “destabilise” – and was spent on guns.
The 1985 Live Aid concert was conceived as a follow-on to the successful charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", the brainchild of Geldof and Ure. In October 1984, images of hundreds of thousands of people starving to death in Ethiopia were shown in the UK in Michael Buerk's BBC News reports on the 1984 famine; the BBC News crew were the first to document the famine, with Buerk's report on 23 October describing it as "a biblical famine in the 20th century" and "the closest thing to hell on Earth". The report shocked Britain, motivating its citizens to inundate relief agencies, such as Save the Children, with donations, to bring the world's attention to the crisis in Ethiopia. Bob Geldof saw the report, called Midge Ure from Ultravox, together they co-wrote the song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in the hope of raising money for famine relief. Geldof contacted colleagues in the music industry and persuaded them to record the single under the title'Band Aid' for free. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill and was released four days later.
It stayed at number one for five weeks in the UK, was Christmas number one, became the fastest-selling single in Britain and raised £8 million, rather than the £70,000 Geldof and Ure had expected. Geldof set his sights on staging a huge concert to raise further funds; the idea to stage a charity concert to raise more funds for Ethiopia came from Boy George, the lead singer of Culture Club. George and Culture Club drummer Jon Moss had taken part in the recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and in December 1984 Culture Club were undertaking a tour of the UK, which culminated in six nights at Wembley Arena. On the final night at Wembley, Saturday 22 December 1984, an impromptu gathering of some of the other artists from Band Aid joined Culture Club on stage at the end of the concert for an encore of "Do They Know It's Christmas?". George was so overcome by the occasion he told Geldof that they should consider organising a benefit concert. Speaking to the UK music magazine Melody Maker at the beginning of January 1985, Geldof revealed his enthusiasm for George's idea, saying, "If George is organising it, you can tell him he can call me at any time and I'll do it.
It's a logical progression from the record, but the point is you don't just talk about it, you go ahead and do it!"It was clear from the interview that Geldof had had the idea to hold a dual venue concert and how the concerts should be structured: The show should be as big as is humanly possible. There's no point just 5,000 fans turning up at Wembley, it would be great for Duran to play three or four numbers at Wembley and flick to Madison Square where Springsteen would be playing. While he's on, the Wembley stage could be made ready for the next British act like the Thompsons or whoever. In that way lots of acts could be featured and the television rights, tickets and so on could raise a phenomenal amount of money. It's not an impossible idea, one worth exploiting. Among those involved in organising Live Aid were Harvey Goldsmith, responsible for the Wembley Stadium concert, Bill Graham, who put together the American leg; the concert grew in scope. Tony Verna, inventor of instant replay, was able to secure John F. Kennedy Stadium through his friendship with Philadelphia Mayor Goode and was able to procure, through his connections with ABC's prime time chief, John Hamlin, a three-hour prime time slot on the ABC Network and, in addition, was able to supplement the lengthy program through meetings that resulted in the addition of an ad-hoc network within the US, which covered 85 percent of TVs there.
Verna designed the needed satellite schematic and became the Executive Director as well as the Co-Executive Producer along with Hal Uplinger. Uplinger came up with the idea to produce a four-hour video edit of Live Aid to distribute to those countries without the necessary satellite equipment to rebroadcast the live feed; the concert began at 12:00 British Summer Time at Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom