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

2C 064-95230 Tribe Ethnic Stew (Album) ABC Records 2C 064-95230 France 1974 Sell This Version
2C 064-96294 Tribe Tribal Bumpin' (Album) ABC Records 2C 064-96294 France 1975 Sell This Version
FL-1003 Tribe Dedication Farr FL-1003 US 1977 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ABC-11409 Tribe Tribe / Learn To Love (Single) ABC Records ABC-11409 US 1973 Sell This Version
1C 006-94 554 M Tribe Coke (Part I & II) (Single) Probe 1C 006-94 554 M Germany 1973 Sell This Version
ABC-12005 Tribe Siggy Siggy (Single) ABC Records ABC-12005 US 1974 Sell This Version
ABC-12060 Tribe What Am I Gonna Tell My Wife(7", Promo) ABC Records ABC-12060 US 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
FR-013 Tribe Share It / Ain't Nothing But A Party Farr FR-013 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, MP3, WAV, Single) Go Dutch Recordings 3661585138235 Netherlands 2009
GR 1001 Tribe Funky Kingston / Dilly Dally Hustle Grenade GR 1001 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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