The Blackbyrds

Profile:
American rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group, inspired by trumpeter Donald Byrd.
Formed in Washington, D.C., in 1973, & released seven albums and one compilation for Fantasy between 1974 and 1980.
Reformed in 2012 by Keith Killgo.
Had members:
Allan Barnes (b.1949, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.) (reeds)
Barney Perry (b.1953, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.) (guitar)
Kevin Toney (b.1953 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.) (keyboards)
Joseph Hall III (b.1954, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) (bass)
Pericles Jacobs Jr. (b.1951, Washington D.C., U.S.A.) (percussion)
Keith Killgo (b.1954, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.) (drums)
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Albums

8160-9444 H The Blackbyrds - The Blackbyrds album art The Blackbyrds The Blackbyrds (Album) Fantasy 8160-9444 H US 1974 Sell This Version
FYL-35412 The Blackbyrds - Flying Start album art The Blackbyrds Flying Start (Album) Fantasy FYL-35412 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
FTA 3003, FTA.3003, 0C 064 ◦ 97191 The Blackbyrds - City Life album art The Blackbyrds City Life (Album) Fantasy FTA 3003, FTA.3003, 0C 064 ◦ 97191 UK 1975 Sell This Version
F-9483 The Blackbyrds - Cornbread, Earl And Me album art The Blackbyrds Cornbread, Earl And Me (Album) Fantasy F-9483 US 1975 Sell This Version
L 36029, F-9518 The Blackbyrds - Unfinished Business album art The Blackbyrds Unfinished Business (Album) Fantasy L 36029, F-9518 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
8160-9535 H The Blackbyrds - Action album art The Blackbyrds Action (Album) Fantasy 8160-9535 H US 1977 Sell This Version
F-9602 The Blackbyrds - Better Days album art The Blackbyrds Better Days (Album) Fantasy F-9602 US 1980 Sell This Version
F-104 The Blackbyrds - Gotta Fly album art The Blackbyrds Gotta Fly(CD, Album) K-Wesindi Records F-104 US 2012 Sell This Version
P-16491, P-16492, RL 53-6 The Blackbyrds - Unfinished Business / Open Sesame album art The Blackbyrds / Kool & The Gang The Blackbyrds / Kool & The Gang - Unfinished Business / Open Sesame(LP, Transcription) Afrts P-16491, P-16492, RL 53-6 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

F-736-A-S, F-736-A-M The Blackbyrds - Walking In Rhythm / The Baby album art The Blackbyrds Walking In Rhythm / The Baby (Single) Fantasy F-736-A-S, F-736-A-M US 1974 Sell This Version
Fantasy 729 The Blackbyrds - Do It, Fluid / Summer Love album art The Blackbyrds Do It, Fluid / Summer Love (Single) Fantasy Fantasy 729 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
BF 18290 The Blackbyrds - I Need You album art The Blackbyrds I Need You (Single) Bellaphon, Fantasy BF 18290 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
F-222 The Blackbyrds - A Hot Day Today / Life Styles album art The Blackbyrds A Hot Day Today / Life Styles(7", Single) Fantasy F-222 Guatemala 1974 Sell This Version
Jet-2341 The Blackbyrds - Walking In Rhythm / I Need You = ウォーキング・イン・リズム / アイ・ニード・ユー album art The Blackbyrds Walking In Rhythm / I Need You = ウォーキング・イン・リズム / アイ・ニード・ユー Fantasy Jet-2341 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
BF 18450 The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park album art The Blackbyrds Rock Creek Park (Single) Fantasy BF 18450 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
K-6041 The Blackbyrds - Flying High / All I Ask album art The Blackbyrds Flying High / All I Ask (Single) Fantasy K-6041 Australia 1975 Sell This Version
F-762-A-M-DJ, F-762-A-S-DJ The Blackbyrds - Happy Music album art The Blackbyrds Happy Music (Single) Fantasy F-762-A-M-DJ, F-762-A-S-DJ US 1975 Sell This Version
JB 497 The Blackbyrds - Oh Biancaneve / I Need You album art I Cugini Di Campagna / The Blackbyrds I Cugini Di Campagna / The Blackbyrds - Oh Biancaneve / I Need You(7", Jukebox) Pull, Fantasy JB 497 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
IS 20160 The Blackbyrds - Walking In Rhythm album art The Blackbyrds Walking In Rhythm(7") Fantasy IS 20160 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
JB 643 The Blackbyrds - Bump The Bump / I Need You album art Black Buster / The Blackbyrds Black Buster / The Blackbyrds - Bump The Bump / I Need You(7", Jukebox) Fonit Cetra International JB 643 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
F 240 The Blackbyrds - Cornbread album art The Black Byrds* Cornbread (Single) Fantasy F 240 US 1976 Sell This Version
ftc122 The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park / Flying High album art The Blackbyrds Rock Creek Park / Flying High (Single) Fantasy ftc122 UK 1975 Sell This Version
F-794-A-M, F-794-A-S The Blackbyrds - Party Land / In Life album art The Blackbyrds Party Land / In Life (Single) Fantasy F-794-A-M, F-794-A-S US 1976 Sell This Version
Fantasy F-787 The Blackbyrds - Time Is Movin' album art The Blackbyrds Time Is Movin' (Single) Fantasy Fantasy F-787 US 1976 Sell This Version
JB 663 / M 10154 / M 10096 The Blackbyrds - City Life / I Heard It Through The Grapevine album art The Blackbyrds / Creedence Clearwater Revival The Blackbyrds / Creedence Clearwater Revival - City Life / I Heard It Through The Grapevine(7", spe) Fantasy JB 663 / M 10154 / M 10096 Italy 1976 Sell This Version

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dylaf

dylaf

October 22, 2020
Some great intel in the Blackbyrds band profile above. Respectfully though, it should be cleared up that the Byrds' were not just 'inspired' by Donald Byrd; no doubt they were, but also Donald founded the group while heading Howard Universities department of Jazz studies, where the group's members were students. Donald produced much of their material. According to the sleeve notes within 'Flying Start', all students at the time of the recording maintained steady grades of B & above. Now that's some tight tutoring; call me a sucker, but the A+/merits would be flying off my papers!!!
VALlewellyn

VALlewellyn

February 6, 2010
I have a tape that I got in the UK in 1991 with what sounds like either a Donald Byrd or a BlackByrds track. It is instrumental with minimal vocals, and they are either singing, fantasy or fancy free. I am trying to find someone who can identify the track. Can you help?

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