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Featured Artist - THE GAP BAND
Featured Artist  - THE GAP BAND Photo

ALBUMS:
1974 Magicians Holiday
1977 The Gap Band
1979 The Gap Band
  The Gap Band II
1980 The Gap Band III
1982 Gap Band IV
1983 Gap Band V: Jammin'
1984 Gap Band VI
1985 Gap Band VII
1986 Gap Band 8
1988 Straight from the Heart
1989 Round Trip
1994 Testimony
1995 Ain't Nothin' But a Party
1999 Y2K:Funkin' Till 2000 Comz


The Gap Band - 

the Gap Band, centered around brothers CharlieRonnie, and Robert Wilson, toiled in obscurity for several years prior to becoming one of the most popular funk groups of the late '70s and 1980s. The Tulsa, OK natives produced 15 Top Ten R&B singles ranging from ferocious funk anthems to gorgeous slow jams. Many of their hits, such as "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," featured instantly memorable, rippling synthesizer basslines. All of them featured Charlie's deep, invigorating lead vocals. While casual R&B fans and most critics associate the Gap Band with the early '80s, the Wilsons' run of hits spanned nearly 20 years, from 1977 through 1995.

Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, the Wilson brothers began singing and playing in their father's Pentecostal church; at home, music lessons were mandatory. They learned various instruments, primarily the piano. As much as they despised the lessons at the time, they proved to be invaluable. Ronnie, the oldest sibling, established his own band by the age of 14. Charlie, a few years younger, joined a rival band a couple years later. One night, the two bands were performing across the street from one another. Ronnie stopped by to check out Charlie grooving on the organ. While there, Ronnie asked Charlie to join his band for 50 dollars over what he was making. Though Charlie's bandmates doubled that offer, he joined his brother's band. Ronnie gave him no choice.

At a gig not too long after the two had joined forces, the bass player quit and Ronnie and Charlie summoned their younger brother Robert, barely 14, to take the spot. For a short while, the band performed without a name but eventually settled on the Greenwood, Archer & Pine Street Band. As advertising such a name on posters was cumbersome, the Wilsons shortened the name to the G.A.P. Street Band. Due to a typographical error, they were advertised as the Gap Band, and it stuck.

The band performed at venues around the Tulsa area, including country & western joints, tennis clubs, and rock clubs. However, by the middle of the 1970s, Charlie left Tulsa to explore his possibilities in Los Angeles. A short time later, he convinced his brothers to join him. The bandmembers floundered until they met entertainment businessman Lonnie Simmons through their friend, singer/songwriter/musician D.J. RogersSimmons owned a recording studio and nightclub, both of which were dubbed Total Experience (also the name that would appear on Gap Band releases during the '80s), and signed the Wilsons along with their nine bandmates.

the Gap Band's first album, Magician's Holiday, was released in 1974 to little fanfare. A self-titled album followed three years later; despite guest appearances from D.J. RogersReverend James ClevelandChaka KhanLeon Russell, and Les McCann, it didn't leave any chart impressions, either, though it did feature a pair of minor hits in "Out of the Blue (Can You Feel It)" -- an excellent, mellow, electric piano-driven song written by Charlie -- and "Little Bit of Love."

A deal with Mercury put the Gap Band on the fast track. A self-titled 1979 album reached number ten on Billboard's R&B chart, led by the success of "Shake" (number four R&B) and "Open Up Your Mind" (number 13 R&B). They followed it later in the year with The Gap Band II, an album that spawned two more Top Ten R&B singles. Released in 1980, The Gap Band III was their first number one R&B album, where their sound became even more distinctive. It wasn't just the voice of Charlie that stood out. "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" was the band's first major hit dominated by a synthesizer bassline, provided by Cavin Yarbrough, who scored around the same time with his and Alisa Peoples' "Don't Stop the Music." Just as those two songs defined the sound of clubs in 1980, "Yearning for Your Love" quickly became a classic ballad, and was covered a decade later by Guy( whose Aaron Hall was the younger singer most evidently inspired by Charlie's sound and style).

There's no denying that the Gap Band's peak came during the early '80s. This notion would have been easy to predict as early as 1982, when they released three major hits: "Early in the Morning" (number one R&B; covered by Robert Palmer), "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" (number two R&B), and "Outstanding" (number one R&B). Even so, it's not as if the remainder of the decade was dry for them, not when they released 16 additional charting A-sides (including the title song to Keenan Ivory WayansI'm Gonna Git You Sucka), six of which reached the R&B Top Ten, as well as popular albums on an almost annual basis. Their popularity waned only when they slowed their recording schedule. Three studio Gap Band albums were released during the 1990s. Charlie Wilson concentrated on his solo career, starting in 1992 with You Turn My Life Around. The singer began to reach out to a younger audience in 1996, when Snoop Dogg featured him on "Snoop's Upside Your Head." Further collaborations with SnoopR. Kelly, and Justin Timberlake followed throughout the 2000s. In August 2010, Robert Wilson died of a heart attack.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-gap-band-mn0000073383/biography



| Closed on 01/08/14 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
9 Fans 
22%a. 10 (Great music)
33%b. 7-9 (Liked most of their music)
44%c. 5-6 (Liked "You Dropped a Bomb on Me")
0%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of them)
0%e. Aren't they a 1 hit wonder?

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TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#9 | 109 days ago

Oh **** yeah. Polyester rocks.
10 (Great music)  
  
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#1 | 132 days ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17lkdqoLt44

You were the girl that changed my world
You were the girl for me
You lit the fuse, I stand accused
You were the first for me
But you turned me out, baby

You dropped a bomb on me, baby
You dropped a bomb on me (But you turned me on, baby)
You dropped a bomb on me, baby
You dropped a bomb on me
5-6 (Liked "You Dropped a Bomb on Me")  
#2 | 132 days ago

Reminds me of first college party with grain alcohol....felt like a bomb was dropped on me...
5-6 (Liked "You Dropped a Bomb on Me")  
#3 | 132 days ago

This group kept 'FUNK' alive in the early 80's and their classic ' Outstanding" will always be a mood swinger. Similiar to the jackson 5- after Charlie went solo, instantly became a phenemonal entertainer. My peers (40+) will garauntee a Charlie Wilson concert will always be sold out!!!!
#4 | 132 days ago

" My name is Charlie, last name is Wilson"  yesyesyesyesyes
#5 | 132 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
I don't know how many songs I actually know or like but it's always a good* time when their music played round here.

*edited for the third time. jeez.
7-9 (Liked most of their music)  
#6 | 132 days ago

i will awkwardly sing "you dropped a bomb on me" when people give me big news i don't know how to respond to. 
5-6 (Liked "You Dropped a Bomb on Me")  
#7 | 132 days ago

(Edited by Nick__)
kobe_lova wrote:
I don't know how many songs I actually know or like but it's always a good* time when their music played round here.

*edited for the third time. jeez.
wow!  It gets that spiritual around there?!!?   DAMN!  surprise
5-6 (Liked "You Dropped a Bomb on Me")  
#8 | 132 days ago

Nick, in case you were not aware, Charlie Wilson is"the man",,,,take a chick to see one of his concerts and you will see for yourself yes
#9 | 109 days ago

Oh **** yeah. Polyester rocks.
10 (Great music)  

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