Zapp

Profile:
The nucleus of Zapp circled around three of the five Troutman brothers: Lester, Larry and their younger brother Roger. The duo of Lester and Roger started several groups including "Lil" Roger And His Fabulous Vels. Larry eventually joined his brothers when their name became Roger & The Human Body, which also included youngest brother Terry and Gregory Jackson (Cincinnati Ohio Funk Keyboardist). Larry was then the road manager and the leader of the group in terms of all major decisions and connections. The name change to Zapp came courtesy of Terry, whose nickname was that of "Zapp". Discovered by members of P-Funk in 1979, the funk collective's leader George Clinton signed them to his Uncle Jam Records. When that label folded the following year, the group signed with P-Funk's parent label, Warner Bros. Records, and began working on their first record at united sound in Detroit album courtesy of co-production from Bootsy Collins. Released in the late summer of 1980, Zapp's seminal self-titled debut album became a platinum success peaking at the top twenty of the Billboard Top 200 thanks to the success of their leading single, the Roger composition, "More Bounce to the Ounce", which reached number two on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Zapp's trek to fame continued within the Troutmans, who started Troutman Enterprises shortly after the Zapp album was released. Roger, who was the leader of the group and most famous for using the talk box in his recordings, was also the band's producer, chief writer, arranger, and composer. He and older brother Larry, who served as percussionist in the band's early years and later retired from music to serve as his younger brother's manager, often collaborated on songs together. Roger and Zapp worked on both group albums and albums Roger released on his own merit. Within five years, the band scored more top ten R&B hits such as "Doo Wa Ditty", "I Can Make You Dance", "Heartbreaker", and ballads such as "Computer Love (R&B #8)" and a cover of The Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby". Among the songs, only one of them - 1982's "Dance Floor, Part 1" - managed to hit number-one on the R&B chart while two of Roger's solo numbers - a cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "I Want to Be Your Man" - hit the top spot of that chart. By 1985's New Zapp IV U, the group had scored over four gold records and had become a top concert draw all around the world. Two Warner-released best-of collections compiled Zapp and Roger's most popular songs: "All The Greatest Hits" (1993) and "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 & More" (1996). These compilations were released under the artist name Zapp & Roger.

Active years:

Roger Troutman (1980-1999)
Larry Troutman (1980-1999)
Lester Troutman (1980-present)
Terry "Zapp" Troutman (1980-present)
Roger "Lynch" Troutman II (1985-1989)

Aaron Blackmon (1985-1989)
Bobby Glover (1980-1984)
Carl Cowen (1980-1989)
Dale DeGroat (1985-present)
Eddie Barber (1982-1984)
Gregory Jackson (1980-present)
Janetta Boyce (1980-1985)
Jerome Derrickson (1982-1985)
Nicole Cottom (1989-late 90's)
Ray "Stingray" Davis (1984-1989)
Robert "Bigg Robb" Smith (1989-2009)
Sherman Fleetwod (1983-1989)
Shirley Murdock (1984-1989)
Wanda Rash (1981-1984)

Additional members:

Bart Thomas (1984-1988)
Billy Beck (1983-1989)
Dick Smith (1983-1989)
Robert "Kuumba" Jones (1985)
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Albums

XBS 3463 Zapp - Zapp album art Zapp Zapp (Album) Warner Bros. Records XBS 3463 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
92 35834 Zapp - Zapp II album art Zapp Zapp II (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 92 35834 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
759 92-3875-1 Zapp - Zapp III album art Zapp Zapp III (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 759 92-3875-1 Portugal 1983 Sell This Version
92 53274 Zapp - The New Zapp IV U album art Zapp The New Zapp IV U (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 92 53274 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
9 25807-4, 4-25807 Zapp - Zapp Vibe album art Zapp Zapp Vibe (Album) Reprise Records 9 25807-4, 4-25807 US 1989 Sell This Version
none Zapp - Zapp VI Back By Popular Demand album art Zapp Zapp VI Back By Popular Demand (Album) Zapp Town none US 2003 Sell This Version
N 77054 Zapp - Zapp VII Roger & Friends album art Zapp Zapp VII Roger & Friends (Album) Leopard (6) N 77054 Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WBS49534 Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce album art Zapp More Bounce To The Ounce (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS49534 US 1980 Sell This Version
WBS49623 Zapp - Be Alright album art Zapp Be Alright Warner Bros. Records WBS49623 US 1980 Sell This Version
WBS49534 Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce Part  album art Zapp More Bounce To The Ounce Part (7") Warner Bros. Records WBS49534 US 1980 Sell This Version
WBS 49786 Zapp - I Heard It Through The Grapevine album art Zapp Featuring Roger Troutman Zapp Featuring Roger Troutman - I Heard It Through The Grapevine(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 49786 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
WB 17.999 Zapp - Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) / A Touch Of Jazz (Playin' Kinda Ruff Part II) album art Zapp Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) / A Touch Of Jazz (Playin' Kinda Ruff Part II) (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 17.999 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
K 17990 Zapp - Dance Floor / More Bounce To The Ounce album art Zapp Dance Floor / More Bounce To The Ounce (Single) Warner Bros. Records K 17990 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7-29779 Zapp - Playin' Kinda Ruff / Do You Really Want An Answer? album art Zapp Playin' Kinda Ruff / Do You Really Want An Answer? (Single) Warner Bros. Records 7-29779 US 1982 Sell This Version
F-WBR 0029961.3 Zapp - Dance Floor album art Zapp Dance Floor (Single) Warner Bros. Records F-WBR 0029961.3 Peru 1982 Sell This Version
92.9819-0 Zapp - Dance Floor / Doo Wah Ditty album art Zapp Dance Floor / Doo Wah Ditty (Maxi) Warner Bros. Records 92.9819-0 Sweden 1982 Sell This Version
7-29462 Zapp - Heartbreaker (Part I, Part II) album art Zapp Heartbreaker (Part I, Part II) Warner Bros. Records 7-29462 US 1983 Sell This Version
7-29380 Zapp - Spend My Whole Life / Play Some Blues album art Zapp Spend My Whole Life / Play Some Blues (Single) Warner Bros. Records 7-29380 US 1983 Sell This Version
P-1773 Zapp - I Can Make You Dance album art Zapp I Can Make You Dance (Maxi, Single) Warner Bros. Records P-1773 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
7-29553 Zapp - I Can Make You Dance album art Zapp I Can Make You Dance(7", Single, Win) Warner Bros. Records 7-29553 US 1983 Sell This Version
SAM 307 Zapp - Radio People album art Zapp Radio People (Single) Warner Bros. Records SAM 307 UK 1985 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2411 Zapp - Computer Love album art Zapp Computer Love (Maxi, Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-2411 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2472 Zapp - Itchin' For Your Twitchin' album art Zapp Itchin' For Your Twitchin' (Single) Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-2472 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-28879 Zapp - It Doesn't Really Matter album art Zapp It Doesn't Really Matter (Single) Warner Bros. Records 7-28879 US 1985 Sell This Version
W 8604 T, 920 521-0 Zapp - Computer Love / It Doesn't Really Matter album art Zapp Computer Love / It Doesn't Really Matter (Single) Warner Bros. Records W 8604 T, 920 521-0 UK 1985 Sell This Version

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slysoul

slysoul

March 3, 2021
edited 3 months ago
Zapp. Roger. I remember havin seen 'em, mid/end 80s, in Metropol, Berlin Germany. We were into Kurtis Blow and Grandmaster Melle stuff those days, and it was right before Run DMC and Beastie Boys conquered the planet (who were great as well, but…). I was around 20 years old, and I had heard Zapp first time in the GI Disco „Silver Surfer“ down in Dahlem, close to AFN Berlin, right where all the US soldiers in the US district of former West Berlin lived, short before the Berlin Wall finally tumbled down in 1989. So I went to Metropol theatre and did not exactly know what to expect when Roger & Crew entered the stage. Are you k-i-d-d-i-n with me? Holy sh*t, man. I remember that, already in the beginning, Roger left the stage around 4 or 5 times complaining that there was not enough feel good vibes sent back from the audience though everybody was already sweatening to the bone and shouting our hearts to death. Never before and after I had this kinda experience which felt like over the top climax to me. And for the music… if you do not move your f***in pelvis to this (I still do), then you must be dead. My white ass was shaken all around the whole night, and I don’t remember any other live concert I sweat that much as with Zapp. One of my most rememberable concerts ever. Avoid the Funk, Roger's gonna get you, anyway. Thanks Roger. Thanks Zapp.
Bradx

Bradx

March 15, 2020
Frank Zappa had copyrighted 'Zappa' and 'Zapp' and variations thereof but he dug George Clinton and the P-Funk mob so he let them have the name. Nice one Frank.

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