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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: 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

3. Let's Go Round Again

11. Kiss Me

12. Love Gives, Love Takes Away

13. Growing Pains

14. Love Won't Get In The Way

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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: 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

11. A Love Of Your Own

12. Soul Searching

15. Your Love Is A Miracle

16. When Will You Be Mine

17. Let's Go 'Round Again

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Track List: Person To Person (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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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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springfever7 7
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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My favorite band,,of all time! :-)
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These sounds bring back some great memories of my mother who introduced me to great bands like awb...
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soul!
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dragonlady60 8 8
White funk boys
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dragonlady60 8 8
Awb. Great band and singer
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These White boys weren't nothing but the truth!!
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See you at unsung...
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Hamish oh my gracious y'all dude s r What da Sh$$!!!!!
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they can sing and I love all their songs
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The jam still sounds awesome..gre a t memories.
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Always listen to them i love soul searching,
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Love this band!!!
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If you can't feel their funk, something is wrong with you. Great songwriters and underrated musicians. Always a special place for them
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Msshanna 1,

Put it on your bucket list, a MUST SEE, before they stop !! They can't do these forever can they ???? Wow a band !!!
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I Wana Meet You IT'S GOING ON....HEYYYY . . .
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jammin song!!!!
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This is one of my favorite bands, got a lot of their music. Amazing sounds
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Love of my own-had one he was mine��
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A love of your ownnnnn!
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There. We. Go!!!!!
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One of my favorite all time bands. Great sound! !
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They are too cool. Love their sound.
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dragonlady60 8 8
Hensley...re a l l y
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dragonlady60 8 8
Awb!!!!!!
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AWB us one my 85 year old mother favorite band, school boy crush
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:P
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Cut the Cake is consummate sweetness. Contains hidden genius in the grooves and makes me feel so happy and passionate!
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Damn I just want to groove and cut the cake!!!!!!
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Ain't nothing average about this band
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dragonlady60 8 8
INCREASE. THE PEACE!"""
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dragonlady60 8 8
AWB.....soul wht boys
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dragonlady60 8 8
Excellent ..group
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dragonlady60 8 8
AHHH. memories
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