The Counts

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American funk and soul group founded in 1964 in Detroit, MI.

For 1950s R&B, doo-wop & vocal group, please see: The Counts (14)

The founding members of the group were Mose Davis (organ), Leroy Emmanuel (guitar), and Demo Cates (alto saxophone & vocals). Jam sessions with their neighbors Raoul Keith Mangrum (congas) and Jim White (13) (tenor sax) attracted Andrew Gibson (3) (drums). The group never had a full-time bass player, since Davis handled the bass parts with organ foot pedals. Performing mostly instrumentals, the group often backed up various local singers, most notably Spyder Turner, and with the addition of Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, recorded the demo that became Turner's 1968 hit version of "Stand By Me." The band then hooked up with producer Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, recording the R&B hit "Jan Jan" for Ollie McLaughlin's Detroit-based Moira Records in 1969. The song was such a big hit in Detroit that Moira's distributor Cotillion rush-released a full-length album "Jan Jan". The band dropped the 'Fabulous' from their name for their self-produced 1972 album, What's Up Front That-Counts, for Detroit-based Westbound Records. The group then recorded three singles under a pair of pseudonyms for producer Marlin McNichols, calling themselves first Lunar Funk (2) and then Bad Smoke. Later they cut two albums for the Atlanta, Georgia-based Aware, 1973's Love Sign and 1975's Funk Pump. Though both albums made the Billboard R&B charts, the band broke up in 1976.
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Albums

The Counts - What's Up Front That-Counts album art The Counts What's Up Front That-Counts (Album) Westbound Records, Westbound Records US 1971 Sell This Version
The Counts - Love Sign album art The Counts Love Sign (Album) Aware US 1973 Sell This Version
The Counts - Funk Pump album art The Counts Funk Pump (Album) Aware US 1974 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Counts - Thinking Single / Why Not Start All Over Again album art The Counts Thinking Single / Why Not Start All Over Again (Single) Westbound Records US 1971 Sell This Version
The Counts - Too Bad album art Counts* Too Bad Aware US 1973 Sell This Version
The Counts - Funk Pump album art The Counts Funk Pump (Single) Aware US 1974 Sell This Version
The Counts - I'm The Music / At The Fair album art The Counts I'm The Music / At The Fair (Single) Aware US 1974 Sell This Version
The Counts - Magic Ride / Short Cut album art The Counts Magic Ride / Short Cut Aware US 1975 Sell This Version
TM 100 The Counts - What's It All About / Motor City album art The Counts What's It All About / Motor City(7") T.M. Records TM 100 US 1978 Sell This Version
AA 1007 The Counts - Funk Pump / Flies Over Watermelon album art The Counts Funk Pump / Flies Over Watermelon(12") Aware AA 1007 US 2006 Sell This Version

Compilations

COL CD 5213 The Counts - Golden Classics album art The Counts Golden Classics(CD, Album, Comp) Collectables COL CD 5213 US 1993 Sell This Version
PCD-2856 The Counts - Funk Pump album art The Counts Funk Pump(CD, Comp, RE, RM) P-Vine Records PCD-2856 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
CDSEWD 109 The Counts - It's What's In The Groove album art The Counts It's What's In The Groove(CD, Comp) Southbound CDSEWD 109 UK 1996 Sell This Version

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