Tribe

Tribe

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Tribe is a funk group led by Earl J. Foster Jr.

Producer Difosco T. "Big Dee" Ervin recruited Earl J. Foster Jr. from the band The Fourth Parallel to play and sing a song which Big Dee released as "Coke", attributed to the made-up artist name Tribe.

Lineup for "Coke" (a.k.a. "Koke" or "Smoke") single with producer Difosco T. "Big Dee" Ervin:
Earl J. Foster Jr. (All lead instruments & vocals)

Following the chart success of "Coke", Foster was signed to ABC-Dunhill Records and he changed the name of his band from The Fourth Parallel to Tribe. They recorded two albums for ABC-Dunhill: Ethnic Stew and Tribal Bumpin'.

Lineup for Ethnic Stew with producer Difosco T. "Big Dee" Ervin:
Benton Miles Little (Drums & Vocals)
Donald D. Eubanks (Percussion & Vocals)
Earl J. Foster Jr. (Keyboards & Vocals)
Edward H. Romias (Guitar & Vocals)
Robert P. Apodaca (Bass & Vocals)

Lineup for Tribal Bumpin' with producers Big Dee Ervin and Earl J. Foster Jr.:
Gelon Lau (Violin & Vocals)
Benton Miles Little (Drums & Vocals)
Edward H. Romias (Guitar & Vocals)
Robert P. Apodaca (Bass & Vocals)
Earl J. Foster Jr. (Keyboards & Vocals)

Tribe then signed to indie label Farr Records for their final album of the era, Dedication.

Lineup for Dedication with producers Jardine Clyde Powell, Harold Davis & Earl J. Foster Jr.:
Earl J. Foster Jr. (Keyboards & Vocals)
Clyde Jardine Powell (Bass)
Billy Soto (Guitar & Vocals)
Jimmie A. Clapper (Saxophone)
Benjamin Taylor (Lead Vocals)
Harold Clayton (Lead Vocals)
Harold Davis (Drums)

In 2009, Foster assembled a new version of Tribe for a fourth album, Resurrection, with the following lineup:
Earl J. Foster Jr. (Keyboards & Lead Vocals)
Joey Leavy (Keyboards & Lead Vocals)
Jeff Colbert (Guitar & Vocals)
Ron Dixon (Bass)
Andrew Williams (Guitar & Vocals)
Earl Siler (Drums)
James Antunez (Drums, Keys, Percussion & Lead Vocals)
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Tribe Discography

Albums

Tribe Ethnic Stew (Album) ABC Records France 1974 Sell This Version
Tribe Tribal Bumpin' (Album) ABC Records France 1975 Sell This Version
Tribe Dedication Farr US 1977 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Tribe Tribe / Learn To Love (Single) ABC Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Tribe Coke (Part I & II) (Single) Probe Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Tribe Siggy Siggy (Single) ABC Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Tribe What Am I Gonna Tell My Wife / Think People ABC Records US 1974 Sell This Version
4C006 95583, 4C006-95583 Tribe The World Should Learn To Party Together(7", Single) Probe, Probe 4C006 95583, 4C006-95583 Belgium 1974 Sell This Version
ABC-12102 Tribe Give Me One More Day(7", Promo) ABC Records ABC-12102 US 1975 Sell This Version
ABC-12182 Tribe Ebony Lady / Give Me One More Day(7", Single) ABC Records ABC-12182 US 1975 Sell This Version
Tribe Share It / Ain't Nothing But A Party Farr US 1976 Sell This Version
FR-018-AS Tribe Love You Like A Brother / Got To Be Something More(7", Single) Farr FR-018-AS US 1976 Sell This Version
3661585138235 Tribe House Music All Night Long/Taste(2xFile, WAV, Single) Go Dutch Recordings 3661585138235 Netherlands 2009
Tribe Funky Kingston / Dilly Dally Hustle Grenade US Unknown Sell This Version
OB-109 The Magic Disco Machine / Tribe The Magic Disco Machine / Tribe - Scratchin' / Smoke(12", Lim) Octopus Breaks OB-109 US Unknown Sell This Version
AMS 100 Tribe Tribe / Siggy Siggy(7") ABC Records AMS 100 Unknown Sell This Version
SC 9093 Ian Dury / Ramsey Lewis / Tribe Ian Dury / Ramsey Lewis / Tribe - Shelter Classics Volume 2(12") Not On Label SC 9093 Unknown Sell This Version

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