Let It Whip - The Dazz Band (1982)





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"Let It Whip" was a 1982 single by The Dazz Band and their biggest hit, peaking at number one on the R&B chart for five non-consecutive weeks. The single also reached number two on the Dance chart and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1983. Co-written by producer Reggie Andrews, "Let It Whip" features a percolating drum machine rhythm underneath live drums, and a Minimoog bassline. The Dazz Band were a former American funk music band that was most popular in the early 1980s. The name of the band is a portmanteau of the description 'danceable jazz'. The Dazz Band, formed in 1976, grew out of the Cleveland, Ohio jazz fusion band Bell Telefunk, composed of lead guitarist/songwriter Mike Calhoun, percussionist Kenny Pettus, drummer Isaac 'Ike' Wiley, Jr., and his brother bassist Michael Wiley, and the band Mother Braintree. The new combined group became known as The Kinsman Dazz, named after both the street and the lounge where they worked as the house band, Sonny Jones' Kinsman Grill Lounge. The group adopted its name before the song "Dazz" became an R&B hit for Atlanta band Brick in 1976. The Kinsman Dazz were signed to 20th Century Records by Joe Lewis in 1978. The group went to Los Angeles to record for producer Marvin Gaye. Owing to illness, Gaye had to back out of the duties. Harris requested and got Philip Bailey, the vocalist of Earth, Wind & Fire, to produce the group's first album, "Kinsman Dazz". Bailey would co-produce their second album, "Dazz", and had a major input into the group's vocal arrangements. The Kinsman Dazz became The Dazz Band in 1980. Separately, the 20th Century Records label was closed, and The Dazz Band were signed to Motown Records. The group expanded from the original quintet — Harris, Calhoun, Pettus, and the Wiley brothers — with newcomers Kevin Kendrick, Steve Cox, Eric Fearman, Pierre DeMudd, Sonny 'Skip' Martin, Jerry Bell and Terry Stanton. This channel is dedicated to all the great 'old school' R&B music I grew up with, the stuff that originally made me tap my feet and want to be a DJ. Funk, soul, disco, R&B, dance, hip-hop, pop . . . 60s, 70s, 80s . . . whatever you call it, it's all 'Old School' and it's all here!

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