Fred Wesley & The JB's

Fred Wesley & The JB's

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Directed/Conducted by James Brown and Fred Wesley, Fred Wesley & The JB's are arguably one of the most influential bands in the history of dance music, their tunes having been sampled by later artistes to a unique extent. The band's line-up changed several times over the years, but the core membership consisted of;

Bobby Byrd (synthesizer, vocals)
Fred Thomas (bass)
Fred Wesley (trombone, horns)
James Brown (vocals)
John Jabo Starks (drums)
Lyn Collins (vocals)
Maceo Parker (saxophone)
St-Clair Pinckney (alto saxophone)
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Fred Wesley & The JB's Discography

Albums

Fred Wesley & The JB's Damn Right I Am Somebody (Album) People Records, People Records, People Records Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The JB's Band* Doing It To Death (Album) Polydor Brazil 1974 Sell This Version
B0016192-02 The J.B.'s & Fred Wesley* The Lost Album Featuring Watermelon Man(CD, Album) Hip-O Select B0016192-02 US 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Fred Wesley & The JB's Watermelon Man / Alone Again Naturally (Single) People Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The JB's Back Stabbers (Single) People Records Barbados 1972 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The JB's If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try It Again, Party / You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight (Single) People Records, People Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The JB's Sportin' Life (Single) People Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s* Doing It To Death / Everybody Got Soul (Single) People Records US 1973 Sell This Version
2066393 Fred Wesley & The JB's Doing It To Death / If You Don't Get It The First Time Back Up And Try It Again Party(7") Polydor 2066393 Greece 1973 Sell This Version
PE 627 Fred Wesley & The JB's If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try It Again, Party(7", Pur) People Records PE 627 US 1973 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s* Damn Right I Am Somebody (Single) People Records, People Records Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s* Same Beat (Single) People Records, People Records Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The JB's Rockin' Funky Watergate (Single) People Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The JB's Blow Your Head Urban (2) UK 1989 Sell This Version
Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s* / Bar-Kays Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s* / Bar-Kays - Doing It To Death / Sexomatic (Single) Unidisc Canada 1991 Sell This Version
COL 4371 Fred Wesley & The JB's Doing It To Death Pt 1 & Pt 2 (7") Collectables COL 4371 US 1992 Sell This Version
B0016649-21 James Brown Featuring Fred Wesley & The JB's James Brown Featuring Fred Wesley & The JB's - There It Is (Live) B/W Pass The Peas (Live)(7", Single, Ltd) Polydor, UMe B0016649-21 US 2012 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

April 7, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
One of the most influential bands in the history of dance music, Fred Wesley & The JB's had a sensational team of musicians from different musical backgrounds. Fred Wesley was a trombonist and son of Big Band leader, and naturally felt in love for Jazz, much before Funk; the Soul singer James Brown, also known as the "hottest record man in show business" or "Mr. Dynamite" had Gospel / R&B origins, even if his band gave seminal contributions to the Funk's World; the saxophonist Maceo Parker has always been connected to Funk since its very beginning in the sixties; Bobby Byrd was the man behind the organs, or the synthesizers (does anyone remember Bomb The Bass sampling “Blow Your Head” ‘s opening?)
Gloria Lavern (Lyn) Collins was the lady singer that made us "Think (About It)", while the "Funky Drummer" John Jabo Starks' set trends forever through his break beats lines; St-Clair Pinckney’s Alto-Saxophone gave a touch of class, as well as the bass lines of Fred Thomas. Do you need any further reasons to understand why they were one of the most sampled bands on the history?

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