Vaughan Mason & Crew

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Vaughan Mason & Crew is an American funk and post-disco based group, best known for their single "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll", which reached #5 on the US Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart in 1980, riding the crest of the roller disco wave that was popular at the time. In 1981, Vaughan Mason released the single "Jammin' Big Guitar", which charted at #65. "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" has since been used in various samples by The Game, De La Soul, Mr. Magic, Heavy D, and Lil Kim to name a few.

Members include Vaughan Mason, Jerome Bell (Lead Vocals), Greg Buford and Ben Epps.

In 1979 Vaughan had an idea to write, produce and engineer a song about roller skating. According to the Wall Street Journal in the summer of 1979 they were selling 300,000 pairs of roller skates a month. Vaughan Mason called down to John Freeman a fellow recording engineer in Washington DC to request that he supply a bongo player, guitar player, lead vocalist and John to play the keyboards for the song "Bounce Rock Skate Roll" and Vaughan supplied the drummer. Vaughan had written the music and the hook while the male vocalist Jerome Bell came up with the verses. Vaughan gave the drummer a share of the writers credit even though he did not write any part of the song. After recording the record Ray Daniels vice president of Brunswick Records offered Vaughan Mason a recording deal.

There was no band just Vaughan Mason and a crew consisted of musicians he would put together when the time was right to perform on tour. Jerome Bell was the only person other than the drummer to want to go on the road when Vaughan was approached by Norby Walters Booking Agency to go on tour as the opening act for Prince and Rick James. In 1980 Vaughans' second single on Brunswick Records was the song "Roller Skate" that he wrote with Jerome Bell. The song started climbing up the Billboard Singles Chart until Billboard realized it was not a single it and it was part of an album.

Vaughan went into the studio outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey and played the drums and wrote the music and lyrics to the song "Jammin' Big Guitar." He hired musicians to learn the song and go back on tour.

Vaughan Mason and Crew still tours the U.S. till this day with Vaughan being the only original member alongside Dimitri Reeves (vocals) and Ezell Jones (lead vocals and congos)
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Albums

BL 754221 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll album art Vaughan Mason And Crew* Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (Album) Brunswick BL 754221 US 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BL 55548 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll album art Vaughan Mason And Crew* Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (Maxi, Single) Brunswick BL 55548 US 1979 Sell This Version
D 212 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Roller Skate album art Vaughan Mason & Crew Roller Skate (Single) Brunswick D 212 US 1980 Sell This Version
RAMSH 12-3003 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Roller Skate / Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (Part 1) album art Vaughan Mason And Crew* Roller Skate / Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (Part 1)(12", Single) Rams Horn Records RAMSH 12-3003 Europe 1980 Sell This Version
P 20584 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / I Like (What You're Doing To Me) album art Vaughan Mason & Crew / Young & Company Vaughan Mason & Crew / Young & Company - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / I Like (What You're Doing To Me)(12") JDC Records P 20584 US 1988 Sell This Version
SCTI 1026 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / Get Up And Dance album art Vaughan Mason & Crew / Freedom (2) Vaughan Mason & Crew / Freedom (2) - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll / Get Up And Dance(12") Black Beats SCTI 1026 UK 2003 Sell This Version
C.O.D. - 099 Vaughan Mason & Crew - When Love Has Gone album art Vaughan Mason & Crew When Love Has Gone(12", EP) City Of Dreams Records & Tapes C.O.D. - 099 US 2019 Sell This Version
GSR-416960 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Dance Music  album art Vaughan Mason And Crew* Dance Music (12") Grove St. GSR-416960 US Unknown Sell This Version