The Rimshots

The Rimshots

The Rimshots were an American funk and disco band, popular in the late 1970s. The group started out as the house band for the labels All Platinum Records and in particular, Stang Records in the early 1970s. The (then nameless) rhythm section recorded for the artists signed to the company (including Hank Ballard, Donnie Elbert, Shirley & Company, Chuck Jackson, Brook Benton, Solomon Burke, Brother to Brother, Eleanor Mills, The Moments, and Etta James). Along with King Curtis, they recorded the original theme song for the 1971 hit television show, Soul Train.

From 1972 to 1976, this studio band recorded over fifty projects for Platinum-Chess Records. The group also had the ability to accurately replicate rhythm tracks previously recorded by other artists. Joe Robinson, the company's president, had the group reproduce an American hit, "7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)", and released the single in Europe under the artist name 'The Rimshots'; and that is when the rhythm section's new identity was launched. The group became a reluctant new artist and began touring internationally as The Rimshots, appearing twice on the UK's BBC Television, Top of the Pops, and other international venues. Despite their unwitting success as a disco group, their studio discography is unparalleled by their limited recordings under this name.

Their original music tended toward a hard funk sound, mainly influenced by three musicians who formed the core of the group. Guitarist Walter Morris, bassist Jonathan Williams (5), and drummer Clarence Oliver (all from the Richmond, Virginia area) were the original stage band for Moments. Keyboardist, Bernadette Randle (St. Louis, Missouri), was brought to the studio by owner, Sylvia Robinson and the record producer, Michael Burton ("Pillow Talk" collaborators). Rhythm guitarist, Tommy Keith (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was under contract to the recording company as a writer and producer. Organist, Mozart Pierre-Louis (Haiti) performed with the group on stage, but did not record with them in the studio. In this six-man configuration, they toured as The Moments' band throughout the 1970s. By the mid 1970s, however, the group became recognized as a disco band, due in large part to the European success of the "Blow Your Whistle" cover. They also scored a few chart hits of their original tunes. "Do What You Feel (Part 1)" (written by Walter Morris) reached #93 on the US Billboard charts, and "Super Disco" (written by Tommy Keith) reached #49 R&B, and #7 on the Disco Singles chart. When Randle left the company, she was replaced by Sammy Lowe, Jr. during the year or so the group remained intact. (His father, Sammy Lowe, Sr., was the Platinum-Chess orchestrator for over ten years.) - copied from wikipedia


The Rimshots Discography Tracks


The Rimshots Soul Train (Album) A-I Records US 1972 Sell This Version
The Rimshots Down To Earth (Album) Stang Records US 1976 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rimshots* Save That Thing / Concerto In F (Single) A-I Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Rimshots* Soultrain Part I / Soultrain Part II (Single) A-I Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Rimshots* / Whatnauts Band Rimshots* / Whatnauts Band - Who's Got The Monster / Soul Walking (Single) All Platinum UK 1974 Sell This Version
Rimshots* Dance Girl Astroscope US 1974 Sell This Version
AS-122 Rimshots* Harvey's Walbanger / 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)(7") Astroscope AS-122 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
AS-119 Rimshots* Harvey Walbanger(7") Astroscope AS-119 US 1974 Sell This Version
Rimshots* 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle) (Single) All Platinum Japan 1975 Sell This Version
Rimshots* Do What You Feel (Single) Stang Records US 1975 Sell This Version
6146412 The Rimshots 7654321 (Blow Your Whistle) / Harvey's Wallbanger(7") Philips 6146412 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
The Rimshots Super Disco (Single) Stang Records UK 1976 Sell This Version
The Rimshots We've Got You Singing (Single) Stang Records US 1976 Sell This Version
SOUL 001 The Moments / The Rimshots The Moments / The Rimshots - Nine Times / Do What You Feel(12") All Platinum SOUL 001 UK 1976 Sell This Version
SFL-2088 Rimshots* Super Disco =スーパー・ディスコ(7") Philips SFL-2088 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
Rimshots* Jack In The Box / We've Got You Singing (Single) Stang Records US 1977 Sell This Version
People Of Pleasure A/K/A The Rimshots People Of Pleasure A/K/A The Rimshots - Never Say Never (Single) Sugar Hill Records US 1994 Sell This Version
FBS24 Shirley & Company / Rimshots* Shirley & Company / Rimshots* - Shame, Shame, Shame / 7654321 (Blow Your Whistle)(7") PRT FBS24 UK Unknown Sell This Version


PCD-2916 The Rimshots Down To Earth + Soul Train(CD, Comp) P-Vine Records PCD-2916 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
NEMCD 354 The Rimshots 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blow Your Whistle(CD, Album, Comp, RE, RM) Sequel Records NEMCD 354 UK 2000 Sell This Version