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Dazz Band

The Cleveland-based Dazz Band was one of the more popular funk groups of the early '80s. Bobby Harris formed the group in the late '70s, merging two Cleveland funk bands, Bell Telefunk and Mother Braintree. After myriad lineup changes, the end result was an eight-piece band featuring Harris, Skip Martin III, Pierre DeMudd on horns and vocals, guitarist Eric Fearman, bassist Michael Wiley, drummer Isaac Wiley, keyboardist Kevin Frederick, and percussionist Kenny Pettus. Harris and lead songwriter/guitarist Mike Calhoun's concept for the group was "danceable jazz"; he shortened the description to "dazz" and called the group Kinsman Dazz. Under that name, the group had two small hits in the U.S.A. during 1978 and 1979. After Calhoun left they changed their name to the Dazz Band in 1980 and signed to Motown.

Invitation to Love, the band's first release for the record label, was released in 1980. Once the group veered away from the more melodic, pop-oriented dance music that dominated their debut and started playing a tougher, more groove-oriented funk, the Dazz Band began racking up the hits. "Let It Whip," taken from their second album Keep It Live (1982), reached number five and won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by an R&B Vocal Duo or Group. While they never reached those heights again, the Dazz Band had a string of six consecutive Top 100 albums that ran until 1986; during that time, they scored two other Top 100 singles, "Joystick" and "Let It All Blow." In 1985, Fearman and Frederick left the band; they were replaced by Marlon McClain and Keith Harrison, respectively. The Dazz Band switched labels to Geffen in 1986. That year they had their final charting album, Wild and Free. Soon after its release, the band switched to RCA. The group failed to have another hit and quietly faded away. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Bbb loves maria forever
Disco/Jazz at it's finest.
Fav dance band greenfield heights yard party in the bean city..... Yeah...,.
Banging
Ol Skool Party Ovr Here!Luv It
Who don't. Start dancing when you hear this song..... LUV IT
my favorite song would be the whip
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
lordlady1
Love the DAZZ Band.
you know what time it is
Jam on One Way love old school music forever slow hits and fast, awesome music back in the day.
I remember this song
Aahhhh, the days of GOOD music!! They just don't make music like this anymore..... w h a t a shame, Love it!
Oh man, the memories! If you can't shake your bootie to this tune, then you must beclose to death! This is really one of those songs that put a smile on your face automaticall y !
I love this song because I am just getting sick and tired of people telling me what to do like they are mom because I have a Mom and they are not it so they need to stop telling me what to do just being myself
These Boys from Cleveland rocked the house!
This is old school baby too many memories
lakers_27
I like this song follow
Do anyone know if Jerry Bell was part of the Dazz Band in the early 70's or early 80's I met him LA some years ago????
i grew up on this rollerskatin g .
This was the dame thing in the 601 sitting in the blue Gardena club. In.meridian Mississippi doening the dame thing
Oh S**t that my JAM!!! Joy Stick....
MAKE YOU IN A GOOD MOOD EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE IT! LOVE THIS SONG>>>>>>>> > > > > > > > > > > >
Its the shot
Dazztheshit :-(). If this don't groove ya u then I'll pray 4 ya
i was just born during this era, but love the beat..they still use some of these songs in modern movies..Wate r b o y has this song i believe..
I had so much fun growing up to this song in the roller skating rink in the '80s. Pure Awesomeness.
This is old school! Recognize.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
My #1 Band
My #1 Band
richard.coop e r 2 4
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.

WE LIKE WHEN DJJAMS PUTS A SPIN TO THIS........ .
Still the jam.
Man the summer of 82 this was tha jam!
I was dancing to this and now I still dance when I hear this
the bridge of this song gives me chills; reminds me of better days.
tbenjamin3
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kisses on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day I your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on t least 5 songs in 142 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
Don't read this cause it actually works
What a blessing, the music that covers the world. ....
love and miss the 80's and 90's those were the days p.s i'm 13
Don't read this because it really works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. But if you don't post this you die in two days. Now you have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is scary because it works! Don't read this because it really works
A classic!!!!! ! ! Follow me and I'll follow back
F U N K Y!!!!!!!!! DAT FUNK!! :D
Love me some Dazz Band!!!
@Dina Verrilli...s o m e o n e re-made a Dazz Band song?....Tra v e s t y !
This is Good ONE Keeps U Moving !!!!"
neilobennett
badazz jam...get it?
This band is the bomb and speaks some truth
Dance party classic!!!
Fue Dazz band soooooooo funky.yyyyea h .
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