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Average White Band

Their self-effacing name to the contrary, Average White Band was anything but -- one of the few white groups to cross the color line and achieve success and credibility playing funk, with their tight, fiery sound also belying their Scottish heritage, evoking American R&B hotbeds like Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia instead. Singer/bassist Alan Gorrie, guitarists Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre, tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan, keyboardist/saxophonist Roger Ball, and drummer Robbie McIntosh comprised the original Average White Band lineup. Veterans of numerous Scottish soul and jazz groups, they made their debut in 1973 as the opening act at Eric Clapton's Rainbow Theatre comeback gig, soon issuing their debut LP, Show Your Hand, to little notice. After adopting the abbreviated moniker AWB, a year later the band issued their self-titled sophomore effort, topping the American pop charts with the Arif Mardin-produced instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces." The record's mammoth success was nevertheless tempered by the September 23, 1974 death of McIntosh, who died at a Hollywood party after overdosing on heroin.

Ex-Bloodstone drummer Steve Ferrone replaced McIntosh for AWB's third album, 1975's Cut the Cake, which scored a Top Ten hit with its title track as well as two other chart entries, "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" and "School Boy Crush." (Put It Where You Want It, issued later that same year, was simply a retitled and repackaged Show Your Hand.) With 1976's Soul Searching, the group reclaimed the full Average White Band name, scoring their final Top 40 hit with "Queen of My Soul." Following the live Person to Person, they issued Benny & Us, a collaboration with soul legend Ben E. King. However, after subsequent outings, including 1978's Warmer Communications, 1979's Feel No Fret, and 1980's Shine, failed to recapture the energy of AWB's peak, the group dissolved in 1982, with Ferrone later joining Duran Duran and Stuart recording with Paul McCartney. Gorrie, Ball, and McIntyre reformed Average White Band in 1989, tapping vocalist Alex Ligertwood for their comeback effort Aftershock. Oft-sampled by hip-hop producers throughout the 1990s, the group continued touring prior to releasing Soul Tattoo in 1996. The live album, Face to Face, followed three years later. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cupid's In Fashion (Expanded)

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Track List: Times Squared: Live From New York

1. Pick Up The Pieces (Live In New York)

2. Get It Up For Love (Live)

3. T.L.C. (Live)

4. Atlantic Avenue (Live)

5. Nothing You Can Do (Live)

6. Oh Maceo (Live)

7. This World Has Music (Live)

8. I Just Can't Give You Up (Live)

9. A Love Of Your Own (Live)

10. In The Beginning Live)

11. Person To Person (Live In New York)

12. Let's Go Round Again (Live)

13. Put It Where You Want It (Live)

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Track List: Feel No Fret & Shine

Disc 1

1. When Will You Be Mine

2. Please Don't Fall In Love

3. Walk On By

4. Feel No Fret

5. Stop The Rain

6. Atlantic Avenue

7. Ace Of Hearts

8. Too Late To Cry

9. Fire Burning

Disc 2

1. Our Time Has Come

2. For You, For Love

3. Let's Go Round Again

5. Into The Night

6. Catch Me (Before I Have To Testify)

8. If Love Only Lasts For One Night

9. Shine

10. Miss Sun

11. Kiss Me

12. Love Gives, Love Takes Away

13. Growing Pains

14. Love Won't Get In The Way

15. Let's Go Round Again (12" Version)

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Track List: Greatest & Latest

1. Spirit (feat. Chaka Khan & Ronnie Laws)

2. Pick Up The Pieces (NuJazz Mix)

3. In The Beginning (Live At The Mt. Fuji Festival, Japan)

4. Let's Go All The Way (feat. Chaka Khan)

5. I'll Get Over You

6. Love At First Sight (feat. Alex Ligertwood)

7. Every Beat Of My Heart (feat. Klyde Jones)

8. When We Get Down To It

9. Oh Maceo (Live At The Fillmore)

10. Do Ya Really

11. I Wanna Be Loved

12. Window To Your Soul

13. Living In Colour

14. Work To Do

15. Love Won't Let Me Wait

16. Let's Go Round Again

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Average White Band (Single)

1. Pick Up The Pieces

2. Cut The Cake (Live)

3. School Boy Crush

4. Queen Of My Soul

5. If I Ever Lose This Heaven

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Track List: Pickin' Up The Pieces: The Best Of Average White Band (1974-1980)

1. Pick Up The Pieces

2. Person To Person

3. Got The Love

4. You Got It

5. Work to Do

6. Cut The Cake

7. If I Ever Lose This Heaven

8. School Boy Crush

9. Queen Of My Soul

10. Cloudy (Live)

11. A Love Of Your Own

12. Soul Searching

13. I'm The One (Live)

15. Your Love Is A Miracle

16. When Will You Be Mine

17. Let's Go 'Round Again

18. For You, For Love

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Track List: Person To Person (Live)

Disc 1

1. Person To Person (Live)

2. Cut The Cake (Live)

4. Cloudy (Live)

5. T.L.C. (Live)

Disc 2

1. I'm The One (Live)

2. Pick Up The Pieces (Live)

5. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Live)

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Track List: Soul Searching

1. Overture

2. Love Your Life

3. I'm The One

4. A Love Of Your Own

5. Queen Of My Soul

6. Soul Searching

7. Goin' Home

8. Everybody's Darling

9. Would You Stay

10. Sunny Days (Make Me Think Of You)

11. Digging Deeper (Finale)

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Track List: Cut The Cake

1. Cut The Cake

2. School Boy Crush

3. It's A Mystery

4. Groovin' The Night Away

5. If I Ever Lose This Heaven

6. Why

7. High Flyin' Woman

8. Cloudy

9. How Sweet Can You Get

10. When They Bring Down The Curtain

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Track List: Average White Band

1. You Got It

2. Got The Love

3. Pick Up The Pieces

4. Person To Person

5. Work To Do

6. Nothing You Can Do

7. Just Wanna Love You Tonight

8. Keepin' It To Myself

9. I Just Can't Give You Up

10. There's Always Someone Waiting

11. Pick Up the Pieces (Live)

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WAIT, WHAT??????
Whatcha MEAN, "---belying their Scottish heritage"??? ? ?
My beloved Grammaw Daise was 1/2-Scottish , & 1/2-Cherokee , , & WE be's BAD 2 DA BONE, JACK!!!!!
My family's overflowing with splendid AND funky musicians, so this is a MOST UNCOOL generalizati o n on the part of the writer.
AWB' s an INCREDIBLY- talented group.....so much so that I didn't EVEN mind hearing 'em on my James Brown station.
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19sandy62
Pick up the pieces...A.W . B .
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I'm the One
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dragonlady60 8 8
FUNKY WHT BOYS...LOVE IT
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tom_huyck
Saw them in 1976 in Minneapolis. A real treat.
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Miss u guys
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AVERAGE WHITE BAND PLEASE TELL ME WHERE R U. ALL OF U REALLY DO NEED 2 GET BACK ON STAGE 2 PERFORM ALL OF THOSE GREAT HITS THAT U HAVE. I DON'T C HOW ANY1 COULD SIT STILL AT ANY OF YOUR PERFORMANCES . THEY NEED 2 B OUT OF THEIR SEATS, DOING THEIR THANG
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PLEASE COME BACK. U R TRULY MISSED BY ME
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Love this song
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OH MACEO
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Love of your own? They must love everyone because those beats and are a loving spoonful of Soul personified.
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A love of your own. The ultimate jam!
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sherenity4li f e
Cease the tease, ncreases the peace
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AWB is the dooky
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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Dare you not to dance!
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Love them��
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Who doesn't love AWB.....they were the bomb!!
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Nothing You Can Do ♫♫
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Best concert I ever went to in Vegas
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justinjenny4 9 5
❤❤❤❤❤
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dragonlady60 8 8
INCREASE THE PEACE!!!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
I l love these Guys
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dragonlady60 8 8
............ . . . . . . . . . . . A W B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


...AR
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dragonlady60 8 8
AWB......I MISS THIS MUSIC MAN!
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Old school.good music $$$#-������� .
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Everybody needs a love of their own. This song is sooooo beautiful.
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ALL OF THEIR MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE LOVE SONGS 2 ME, MAKING ME WISH THAT I HAD A SPECIAL HUSBAND N MY LIFE 2 DO CERTAIN THINGS 2 ME, 2 MAKE ME FEEL AND KNOW THAT I AM HIS NUBIAN GODDESS
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ARTGPHXAZ WE WENT TO THEM WHEN THEY CAME TO PHX. IT WAS AWESOME SHOW!
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AWESOME !!!!!
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I just love this group!
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a true legend, nothing compares....
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kdpflugrad
One of my favs from way back. I was just a kid
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YOUR MUSIC IS REALLY GOOD 2 LISTEN 2, MAKES YOUR BODY DANCE ALL KINDS OF WAYS. I SURE WISH THAT I COULD B BLESSED 2 C U N PERSON
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Great child hood memories of this great music
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I love AWB's A Love of My Own. So soulful. I can't get enough of AWB.
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Love A.W. B.�������� Rico
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mgraves150
Going to see them in concert tonight in Pittsburgh!! Looking forward to it!!
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This kind of sound gets old fast. Like music from a bad 1970's game show with Gene Rayburn or something
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AWB....funki n all the way to Tokyo...love it!!
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Best Band Ever!!!!!
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dtcolipapa5
Got to love live recording in now Digital!!! Could finally enjoy the way music should be heard and felt
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One of the best examples that musical soul and funkiness are in the interior genetics and have nothing to do with the exterior paint job! School Boy Crush can't be beat for funkiness!
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Play that funky music white boys...
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Great sounds of the 70s we love it. Too bad they broke up. Got me thru H School. Scotty Scott.....
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South Point Casino in Vegas!! They were GREAT!!
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Sounds so good
Good music
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209ricm
The jamm
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ohiotaxlaw
AWB and Wild Cherry --- Miami Univ 1977 Best show ever!!!!
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CANT BELIEVE THEY ARE NOT IN THE HOF ITS JUST NOT FAIR THEY WERE THE BOMB
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