Average White Band

Average White Band

Profile:
Original Members:
Alan Gorrie (b. 19th July 1946, Perth, Scotland; bass, vocals); Mike Rosen (trumpet, guitar); replaced by Hamish Stuart (b. 8th October 1949, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar, vocals); Owen 'Ormie' McIntyre (b. 25th September 1945, Lennoxtown, Scotland; guitar); Malcolm 'Mollie' Duncan (b. 24th August 1945, Montrose, Scotland; saxophone); Roger Ball (b. 4th June 1944, Broughty Ferry, Scotland; saxophone, keyboards); Robbie McIntosh (b. 6th May 1950, Dundee, Scotland, d. 23 September 1974, Hollywood, U.S.A; drums).

History:
This unique act, an R'n'B/ soul group from Scotland with only two black musicians became one of the best selling and sounding funk bands in the world. The horn section started out as "The Dundee Horns". They can be heard on Johnny Nash's reggae hit "I Can See Clearly Now".
Eric Clapton and Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) helped them on their way to becoming a household name. But it wasn't until they reached the US and were signed to Atlantic Records that the Average White Band really took off (Jerry Wexler signed them on the spot, after they hit him at home on one of his parties, where they played him the basic tracks for what would become the White Album: "AWB").
Arif Mardin became their producer and together they couldn't do wrong. All of their seventies albums reached gold or even platinum status and hits such as the timeless "Pick Up The Pieces" and "Cut The Cake" were number 1 hits on the U.S. Billboard Charts.
Tragedy hit the young group in 1974 when their drummer, Robbie McIntosh died at a Hollywood party in a drug-related incident, but their act only became stronger.
The Double album "Person To Person", recorded during their American 1975 Tour, is among the best selling live funk albums ever.
They reached the white market with their unique sound without losing respect from the core Soul/ R'n'B lover in the black communities.
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Average White Band Discography

Albums

MUPS 486 Average White Band, The* Show Your Hand (Album) MCA Records MUPS 486 UK 1973 Sell This Version
K 50058 Average White Band AWB (Album) Atlantic K 50058 UK 1974 Sell This Version
W 50146 Average White Band Cut The Cake (Album) Atlantic W 50146 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
SD 18179 Average White Band Soul Searching (Album) Atlantic SD 18179 US 1976 Sell This Version
SD 2-1002 Average White Band Person To Person (Album) Atlantic SD 2-1002 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
SD 19105 Average White Band & Ben E. King Average White Band & Ben E. King - Benny And Us (Album) Atlantic SD 19105 US 1977 Sell This Version
SD 19162 Average White Band Warmer Communications (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic SD 19162 US 1978 Sell This Version
SD 19207 Average White Band Feel No Fret (Album) Atlantic SD 19207 US 1979 Sell This Version
XK 13123 Average White Band Shine (Album) Arista XK 13123 UK & Europe 1980 Sell This Version
RPL-8146 Average White Band Cupid's In Fashion (Album) RCA RPL-8146 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
839 466-1 Average White Band Aftershock (Album) Track Record Company 839 466-1 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
WHISCD005 Average White Band Live On The Test(CD, Album) Windsong WHISCD005 UK 1994 Sell This Version
IRMA 485419-1 Average White Band Soul Tattoo (Album) SPV Recordings IRMA 485419-1 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
72434-98911-2-8 Average White Band Face To Face Live(CD, Album) EMI-Capitol Special Markets 72434-98911-2-8 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Average White Band Living In Colour(CD, Album) The William Morris Agency none USA & Canada 2003 Sell This Version
ST2EA277 Average White Band Live At Montreux 1977 (Album) Eagle Records ST2EA277 Brazil 2011 Sell This Version
SFMCD261 Average White Band ... Times Squared ... Live From New York ... (Album) The Store For Music SFMCD261 UK 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MUS 1187 Average White Band, The* Put It Where You Want It MCA Records MUS 1187 UK 1973 Sell This Version
MUS 1208 Average White Band Show Your Hand / The Jugglers(7") MCA Records MUS 1208 UK 1973 Sell This Version
MCA-40168 Average White Band This World Has Music(7", Single, Promo, Mono) MCA Records MCA-40168 US 1973 Sell This Version
MCA 40196 Average White Band How Can You Go Home (Single) MCA Records MCA 40196 US 1974 Sell This Version
ATL 10647 Average White Band Pick Up The Pieces / Cut The Cake Atlantic Recording Corporation ATL 10647 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
45-3044 Average White Band Nothing You Can Do (Single) Atlantic 45-3044 US 1974 Sell This Version
K 10489 Average White Band You Got It (Single) Atlantic K 10489 UK 1974 Sell This Version
45-3229 AWB* Pick Up The Pieces (Single) Atlantic 45-3229 US 1974 Sell This Version

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jussumen

jussumen

September 5, 2007
This unique act, a R'nB/Soul Group from Scotland with only 2 black musicians became one of the best selling and sounding Funk Bands in the world. If this reminds you of UB 40 in Reggae, you do them wrong. Their Sound is 100 % REAL.
The Horn Section started out as "The Dundee Horns" and can be heard on Johnny Nash's Mega Reggae Hit "I Can See Clearly Now" among others.
Eric Clapton and Bonny Bramlet (of Delaney & Bonnie) are other Mega Stars to help them on their way of becoming a household name. But it wasn't until they reached the US and got signed by Jerry Wexler on the spot to Atlantic Records, after they hit him at home on of his Partys and played them the basic tracks for what would become the "White" album "AWB", that the Average White Band really took of.
Arif Marden became their producer and together they couldn't do wrong. All of their 70ies Albums reached Gold or even Platinum Status and Hits as the timeless "Pick Up The Pieces" or "Cut The Cake" were No 1 Hits. Tragic hit the young group when their drummer died at a Hollywood party in a drug-related accident.
But their act only became stronger. The Double album "Person To Person" recorded
during their american Tour is (besides Earth, Wind & Fire's - "Gratitude") the most important and widely sold Funk Live Album in the world. They reached the white market with their unique Sound without losing credit with the core Soul / R'nB Lover in the black communities.
jussumen

jussumen

February 27, 2004
agree with jairinho . This was the 'realest' Funk Band of the 70ies , reminding me of Earth,Wind & Fire. Both had very good and sucessful Live Do-albums out from their fantastic 1974 Live-tours . 'Pick up The Pieces', their biggest Hit and arguably best song will remain a classic . Tragedy hit the black + white band-members when their drummer died at a posh Hollywod Party , where he sniffed a huge white line , thinking it be Charly , but was indeed Thai-No4 , the purest Heroin . Even attempts by such famous celebrities as CHER taking him around for a walk , so he wouldn't fall aslepp for good ,were fruitless. The band did play on for a while with a different drummer , but never recovered from this shock and disappeared from the scene.
Jairinho

Jairinho

May 22, 2003
Looking at that picture above, you may think that's another average "rock" band but think again. I strongly recommend your hear songs like "The One", "Tell Me Something Good" or "School Boy Crush". You'll see these guys aren't another 'average white band'.

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