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Con Funk Shun

Con Funk Shun was formed by high-school classmates Michael Cooper and Louis "Tony" McCall, along with Karl Fuller, Paul "Maceo" Harrell, Dennis Johnson, Cedric Martin, and Danny "Sweet Man" Thomas. All of them had been playing together since their high-school days in Vallejo, CA. Felton Pilate, also from Vallejo, joined the group after his band, a local rival, disbanded.

In the early '70s, the group was a backup band for the Soul Children with the name Project Soul. And when they weren't on the road with the Soul Children, they were creatively working with various Stax staff writers. In the mid-'70s, Project Soul made an effort to become a headliner, but they met dead-ends and little success. However, they found good fortune at Audio Dimensions, a Memphis recording studio owned by producer Ted Sturges. Around this time, he group named itself after the title of one of their instrumentals, "Con Funk Shun." During their three-year stint at Audio Dimensions, Sturges, besides owning the studio, was also Con Funk Shun's producer. Their association resulted in the group's first album, Organized Con Funk Shun.

As their sound developed, Pilate and Cooper emerged as the primary lead vocalists. Around the time their first album for Crankshaft Productions, Inc. was being recorded, the eighth member, MC and technician Dennis Johnson, left the group to attend seminary in California. By 1976, the group signed to Mercury, where they remained for ten years. Their first hit for Mercury was "Ffun," written by Michael Cooper as a tribute to the R&B/funk band Brick. One of the premiere party funk bands of its time, they also began recording ballads and instrumental tracks by the early '80s. Aside from being the primary musicians on all their albums, Con Funk Shun also contributed to each of their albums as writers, arrangers, and/or producers.

Burnin' Love, the septet's last album with Mercury, was recorded without their longtime musical center, Felton Pilate, who left the group in 1986 to become a successful producer. (Pilate eventually became the musical force behind MC Hammer.) Melvin Carter, a frequent collaborator of Con Funk Shun, joined the group upon Pilate's exit, and that same year Michael Cooper left for a solo career. Con Funk Shun disbanded after their last album with Mercury, but reunited in the '90s, and began performing at festivals and concerts around the world. ~ Craig Lytle, Rovi
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Kissing. And. Hugging. All. The. Time!!!!!!!! ! !
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Oh. Yeah. Good. Music. Dam. Good. Music !!!!!! Having. Ffun
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SHAKE AND DANCE WIT ME NO.1
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MUSIC FROM MY TIMES LOVE THIS
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Loves train my favorite song by Con Funk Shun
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lesjones220
This morning I just happened to pick up my phone and on Pandora MS Hyman popped up. Listening to her music brought back a lot of good and happy memories she definitely is one of my all-time favorite female vocalist. Just reminded me of how much I miss her. I am forever grateful for the times I was able to see her live and in person. Thank you MS PHYLLIS HYMAN !! for sharing your gift with so many of us!!

LESLEY E.JONES
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Funn Funn Funn !!!!!!
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wow i am back in the 70 listings to these songs keep talking me back P
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When I was younger after the military I want to go see the funkadelic's and they were the side room for a sister sledge and they need the funkadelic's tore the house down and that was the last I saw sister sledge and I remember everybody was gone and it was me MSY check and we are the only ones dancing in the aisles him it was super cool
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Funking cooool
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What y'all know about this song????
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Love old school music and this is one of The groups I like
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gaineli
Music was realllllll back then. horn section, percussions, and that bad lead guitar lick through out this groove!!!!!! ! ! Lisa G.
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Grew up on Smokey, smooth,smoot h smooth
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Saw them on unsung
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They are truly Unsung! I love all their songs.
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Ths is my farovite song....memo r i e s . . . #My New Life....Ms.M a j o r
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My favorite song
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dohun1
Love this music...noth i n g like it anymore
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Gold song
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FOUND LOVE ON THE LOVE TRAIN
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classic!
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I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! ! I LOVE CON FUNK SHUN PERIOD!!!!
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Go CON FUNK SHUN!!!! LOVE THEM NEVER GET TIRED OF HEARING THEM!!!!!
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This is the greatest music there is...
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resagal2
Old school music, there's nothing like it.
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Funk for sure. Legends is what they are and jewels is what they've produced!? Respect.
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rvbtaxx
A time when musicians were REAL; music was done at its grandest; 70's Funk at its best
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This the song that me and my dad dance to at daddy and daughter at school.
Yes my dad I'm 13
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My favorite skate song.... Glide
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Gives me my morning groove
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What a song!!!!!Sim p l y a serious cut.....remi n d s me of riding in the Brown Hornet with my Momma...horn didn't even blow....Good memories
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That's the way it goes on love train.... memories
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I was at a Con Funk Shun concert, at Yoshi's on Oakland, Calif for New Year's Eve 2015, true to their old school sound, they got off, fantastic band, outstanding performers, people we're dancing in the isles, old school delight
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dragonlady60 8 8
ole skl...the best
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Old school jam
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Very unique sound
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they were on unsung
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Wassup, Vallejo, CA?!!!
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That's real artists.
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That's real artists.
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That's used to be (S**t) !!! ������
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THAT IS A LOVERS JAM
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Yep do that
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wink1120
Perfection!
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Miss that kind of music one of the greatest bands of that time my hats off much love
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A great group back in the day!
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Best music ever made.......b a c k in the day!!
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This muzik iz shytn on muzik of today....lis t e n 2 this "thats the way it goes on loves train"....wa t . . . . . " u dont need no ticket 2 ride"
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Love This love
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