Zapp

Zapp

Profile:
The nucleus of Zapp circled around three of the five Troutman brothers: Lester, Larry and their younger brother Roger. The duo of Lester and Roger started several groups including Little Roger and the Vels. Larry eventually joined his brothers when their name became Roger and the Human Body, which also included youngest brother Terry and Gregory Jackson (Cincinnati Ohio Funk Keyboardist). Larry was then the road manager and the leader of the group in terms of all major decisions and connections. The name change to Zapp came courtesy of Terry, whose nickname was that of "Zapp". Discovered by members of P-Funk in 1979, the funk collective's leader George Clinton signed them to his Uncle Jam Records. When that label folded the following year, the group signed with P-Funk's parent label, Warner Bros. Records, and began working on their first record at united sound in Detroit album courtesy of co-production from Bootsy Collins. Released in the late summer of 1980, Zapp's seminal self-titled debut album became a platinum success peaking at the top twenty of the Billboard Top 200 thanks to the success of their leading single, the Roger composition, "More Bounce to the Ounce", which reached number two on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Zapp's trek to fame continued within the Troutmans, who started Troutman Enterprises shortly after the Zapp album was released. Roger, who was the leader of the group and most famous for using the talk box in his recordings, was also the band's producer, chief writer, arranger, and composer. He and older brother Larry, who served as percussionist in the band's early years and later retired from music to serve as his younger brother's manager, often collaborated on songs together. Roger and Zapp worked on both group albums and albums Roger released on his own merit. Within five years, the band scored more top ten R&B hits such as "Doo Wa Ditty", "I Can Make You Dance", "Heartbreaker", and ballads such as "Computer Love (R&B #8)" and a cover of The Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby". Among the songs, only one of them - 1982's "Dance Floor, Part 1" - managed to hit number-one on the R&B chart while two of Roger's solo numbers - a cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "I Want to Be Your Man" - hit the top spot of that chart. By 1985's New Zapp IV U, the group had scored over four gold records and had become a top concert draw all around the world. Two Warner-released best-of collections compiled Zapp and Roger's most popular songs: "All The Greatest Hits" (1993) and "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 & More" (1996). These compilations were released under the artist name Zapp & Roger.

Active years:

Roger Troutman (1980-1999)
Larry Troutman (1980-1999)
Lester Troutman (1980-present)
Terry "Zapp" Troutman (1980-present)
Roger "Lynch" Troutman II (1985-1989)

Aaron Blackmon (1985-1989)
Bobby Glover (1980-1984)
Carl Cowen (1980-1989)
Dale DeGroat (1985-present)
Eddie Barber (1982-1984)
Gregory Jackson (1980-present)
Janetta Boyce (1980-1985)
Jerome Derrickson (1982-1985)
Nicole Cottom (1989-late 90's)
Ray "Stingray" Davis (1984-1989)
Robert "Bigg Robb" Smith (1989-2009)
Sherman Fleetwod (1983-1989)
Shirley Murdock (1984-1989)
Wanda Rash (1981-1984)

Additional members:

Bart Thomas (1984-1988)
Billy Beck (1983-1989)
Dick Smith (1983-1989)
Robert "Kuumba" Jones (1985)
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Zapp Discography

Albums

BSK 3463 Zapp Zapp (Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3463 US 1980 Sell This Version
23583-1 Zapp Zapp II (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 23583-1 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
1-23875, 9 23875-1 Zapp Zapp III (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-23875, 9 23875-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-25327, 9 25327-1 Zapp The New Zapp IV U (Album) Warner Bros. Records 1-25327, 9 25327-1 US 1985 Sell This Version
9 25807-4, 4-25807 Zapp Zapp Vibe (Album) Reprise Records 9 25807-4, 4-25807 US 1989 Sell This Version
5271881952 Zapp Zapp VI Back By Popular Demand(CD, Album) Zapp Town 5271881952 US 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WBS49623 Zapp Be Alright Warner Bros. Records WBS49623 US 1980 Sell This Version
WBS49534 Zapp More Bounce To The Ounce (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS49534 US 1980 Sell This Version
WBS 29786 Zapp Feat. Roger Troutman Zapp Feat. Roger Troutman - I Heard It Through The Grapevine(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 29786 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
17.999 Zapp Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) / A Touch Of Jazz (Playin' Kinda Ruff Part II) (Single) Warner Bros. Records 17.999 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
7-29961 Zapp Dance Floor (Maxi, Single) Warner Bros. Records 7-29961 US 1982 Sell This Version
7-29779 Zapp Playin' Kinda Ruff / Do You Really Want An Answer?(7") Warner Bros. Records 7-29779 US 1982 Sell This Version
7-29891 Zapp Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)(7", Mono, Promo) Warner Bros. Records 7-29891 US 1982 Sell This Version
7-29779 Zapp Do You Really Want An Answer?(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records 7-29779 US 1982 Sell This Version
1-23875 Zapp Heartbreaker (Part I, Part II) (Maxi) Warner Bros. Records 1-23875 USA & Canada 1983 Sell This Version
0-20140 Zapp I Can Make You Dance (Maxi) Warner Bros. Records 0-20140 US 1983 Sell This Version
7-29380 Zapp Spend My Whole Life / Play Some Blues(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records 7-29380 US 1983 Sell This Version
SAM 307 Zapp Radio People Warner Bros. Records SAM 307 UK 1985 Sell This Version
W 8879 TF, W8879T, 920 423-0, W 8879 (T), SAM 296 Zapp It Doesn't Really Matter Warner Bros. Records W 8879 TF, W8879T, 920 423-0, W 8879 (T), SAM 296 UK 1985 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2472 Zapp Itchin' For Your Twitchin' Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-2472 US 1985 Sell This Version
920 521-0, W 8604 T Zapp Computer Love (Maxi, Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 920 521-0, W 8604 T UK 1985 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2411 Zapp Computer Love(12", Maxi, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-2411 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-21970 Zapp More Bounce To The Ounce / Computer Love Warner Bros. Records 7-21970 US 1989 Sell This Version
922 849-7, W 2849 Zapp Ooh Baby Baby (Maxi, Single) Reprise Records 922 849-7, W 2849 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-3951 Zapp Fire(CD, Single, Promo) Reprise Records PRO-CD-3951 US 1989 Sell This Version