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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
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Track List: The Best Of Dazz Band/20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection

1. Let It Whip

2. Keep It Live

3. Joystick

4. I Might As Well Forget About Loving You

5. Party Right Here

6. To The Roof

7. Swoop (I'm Yours)

8. Invitation To Love

9. knock! Knock!

10. Let It All Blow

11. On The One For Fun

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Track List: Under The Street Lights

1. Tryin' To Get My Groove On

2. Dance With Somebody

3. Under The Streetlights

4. Geve Me Just A Little Bit

5. Fly Away

6. Let's Talk About Funk

7. Dazz

8. It's Your Party

9. Love Is A B**ch

10. Nasty Boogie

11. I Like You

12. Ten Toes

13. Dazz Mega Mix

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Track List: Let It Whip (Live)

1. Double Zz (Live)

2. Swoop (Live)

3. Joystick (Live)

4. Keep It Live (Live)

5. Knock Knock (Live)

6. Heartbeat (Live)

7. There I Go (Live)

8. Let It All Blow (Live)

9. Let It Whip (Live)

10. Double Zz (Live)

11. Burn Rubber (Live)

12. Aquaboogie (Live)

13. Love Rollercoaster (Live)

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chilling drinking bumping this jam
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Dont read this.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life .Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Don't stop this is Freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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justinjenny4 9 5
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That brings back memories those were banned back in the day
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Awww Man!! You can't help but DANCE when you hear this Song...alway s a hit!! Love it..Me nd my sisters & cuzn,..we still kill it off this song!!!!
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rcoleman1714
We use to jam off this.. Makes u just wanna do any dance..
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Take your "petK-9"for a -walk to this "jam!"
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All you really need is a "Whip".
So you can make.A move to go -for-it!.... . . , T h a t is to "stir"
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dragonlady60 8 8
YOU GOT TO DANCE...WORK OR HOME
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love this ole FUNK
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LET'Z WHIP IT BABY LET'Z WHIP IT RIGHT LET'Z WHIP IT BABY WHIP IT ALL NIGHT NOW DON'T TRIP COME ON WHIP COME ON WHIP!!!!!!!! ! ! ! D A T ' Z DA $#!?
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Joystick...t h i s song still makes me dance. Throw back to high school
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Never 'Whip-it!!!! w i t h a company.That doesn't. BOND their named employees or volunteers
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What about "Flight Control " in Ft. Lauderdale via Detroit. Huh...
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geonitous
This is my life anthem
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Nothing better!
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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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unique and original love their musica
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The dazz band,where are they now?...
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From the Beginning keeping it real
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She gave me Smiles joy wen i Cry she holds Me an Says. It will b Allrite My Gina
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Goodmorning i Must Say Very Happy Mothers Day to My Momma Gloria I love Her. An to All the Mommas"
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That's amazing how a song can bring back memories, I remember Roller Skating to the groove of this music
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Work it
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Xxxcuse me i have to throw a shout out My Niece Angie is getting Married Today love im here standing for you an Sisters
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legends
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Lets whip it!
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Ahh.Ha!!!!.. . . . w e are both here too have some Fun.....that ' s what's.....U P ! ! XXXXXXXOKOOO X X O O
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A WOO HOOO
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IT'S MY SON PARTY APRIL 8TH GET YOU 27th birthday on mom love you
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I cant believe they came to my small town,it was a night to remember
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Fantastic Dance mix. We saw them at the circle star in San Mateo they opened up for kook and the gang
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fdnorton18
Once you hear tha jams u will be ready for to find the house party fdnorton18@a o l . c o m
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yfitzpatrick 1 1 1 2
Love this song, miss this music
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This song makes me want to go skating. ..lol...I'd probably kill myself now but that's what comes to mind.
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This the "MUSIC" that me the aficando of music that i am. Great band. 100 percent. Funk#
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Fine music
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pitbullfan85 0
funk music at its finest
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Yes Ohio is Funk
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rwmjlove
Nothing better, except sex!
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Its kevin kendrick you no who he is get right
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Love this song and I like poop
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Ohio had the best band. Is that where funk was born or something?
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You
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You can joystick you jamiesr.sewe l l
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Love the joystick.
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You can't go wrong with the Dazz Band. One of my favorite jams from childhood. Old school is the best school baby
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Old school is the best!!!!!!!
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Always Dance
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Don't know whether to sit stand or dance..
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