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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Collection

2. Got To Be Enough

3. Honey Wild

4. Pretty Lady

5. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind

6. Body Lovers

7. Ffun

8. Shake And Dance With Me

9. Lady's Wild

10. Candy

11. Love's Train

12. Juicy

13. Give Your Love To Me

14. Promise You Love

15. Too Tight

16. Chase Me

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Track List: The Ballads Collection

1. Make It Last

2. (Let Me Put) Love On Your Mind

3. Honey Wild

4. Promise You Love

5. Straight From The Heart

6. Love's Train

7. Baby, I'm Hooked (Right Into Your Love)

8. All Up To You

9. Everlove

10. I'll Set You Out O.K.

11. I'm Leaving Baby

12. California 1

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Track List: Spirit Of Love

1. Got To Be Enough

2. By Your Side

3. Curtain Call

4. Early Morning Sunshine

5. Spirit Of Love

6. Happy Face

7. All Up To You

8. Juicy

9. Honey Wild

10. Lovestruck 1980

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Track List: Secrets

1. DooWhaChaWannaDoo

2. Who Has The Time

3. Indian Summer Love

4. Tear In My Eye

5. Ffun

6. Secrets

7. ConFunkShuniozeYa

8. I'll Set You Out O.K.

9. Indian Summer Love

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Track List: Your Night (Single)

1. Your Night

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Feel good music..
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Ah shitz pandooraah
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Got damn Con Funk Shun!!!! Yes!
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Crystal like listing too old blues song I grow up on old school music this is my best song
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I love all these bands they just make you feel good.
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Although I was a kid when this music was around. I can still remember the words to this song coming out my mom's mouth.
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dinikeithiii oh ya, best times of life , still going on , Hi Cybil
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DK 3453 still feeling it today a great group
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old school classic.
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Ronnie bruce40
Real music
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Funk Shun memories
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FUNK SHUN........ .
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CHASE ME THOUGH THE NIGHT��
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My, my, my...I was at my disco best, lived in Memphis and Little Rock when they started....e v e r y weekend; those were the days
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They hail from the triple C.... Country Club Crest
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LOVE THIS SONG
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my group love them plus this song
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I So Love Michael Cooper/Con Funk Shun........ .
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BABY IM HOOKED.. GOOD SONG GREAT VOCALS.. GOOD STUFF
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Love shouldn't hurt... why people choose to play games is beyond me.... I love this song so much... life goes on..♡♡♡
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Dazźzzzz lol
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Miss this music and all the great memories
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Listening to this is the best thing. Bringing back good memories. Always have you smiling because this was the time of raw music.
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Con Funk Shun.

Singing from the heart love it.. Men new what to say.. .to a Women yes yes. ...smile
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DamnmmBadddd Listen to that Intro. Sang Baby
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My song love it
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Love this group one of the best of all times
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Yaaaasssssss s s s s
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Yup !
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AhhhHahhhhha Hahhh.... WHEWWWWW
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Really great music from this band.....
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Love this group .
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Choo,Choo here to pick-up all lover for passionate night of loving,kissi n g , r o m a n c e join me my southern sweet might enjoy the ride on this love train,All board G.
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I love this song.
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Saw them in concert in Houston about 3 years ago. One of the best concerts I have seen Michael cooper and group still great, got all their CDs and new one also
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This for my uncle rip love u unc an my lil bro
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This was my Jam. .love this song still.
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I'm 53 now and this music was so influential for me as a teenager! I will never get tired of Con Funk Shun!
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The best kind of music feels so good
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I like Con Funk Shun, Love there music! missycarter9 1 9 7 1 @ y a h o o . c o m
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Grown Folks Groove...... . . l o v e this song.
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Nice song
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That's the way it goes on loves train! ���� throwback���
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One of my favorite songs from Con Funk Shun!
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Ooooooooooh get it
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How did this get on my Classic Rock Station ? Get Out !
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80s was the days real music nt like today!!!!
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San Francisco Ca The Most Beautiful City! And most of us love Con Funk Shun!!!!!!
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Really love this song!
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This is my all time favorite song!!! Ain't nothing like this Love Train. (I work with people who say they grew up with some of the members in Vallejo).
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