TIR 142: How Vaughn Set the Groove With EWF, Brothers Johnson, Emotions

Wayne Vaughn (second from left) pictured with, among others (to his left), Maurice White, Herbie Hancock, Greg Phillinganes and Narada Michael Walden.

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Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott “DR GX” Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 142 (Parts 1-2): Keyboardist-composer-producer Wayne Vaughn. During his more than 40 years as a professional musician he has recorded, performed and composed for The Brothers Johnson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Kanye West and the Emotions. The latter of which he met his longtime wife, Wanda Hutchinson, who was an absolute delight as a recent guest on the TRUTH IN RHYTHM show.

One of Vaughn’s most famous creations was the ultra-infectious 1981 pop-funk song, “Let’s Groove,” which was one of Earth, Wind and Fire’s biggest crossover hits. Here he shares is remarkable ride in which he was plunked out of UCLA straight into stepping on stage with the Brothers Johnson for bills headlined by Parliament-Funkadelic and other legendary funk bands of the mid-1970s. He also goes into detail with memories of Quincy Jones, Maurice White and Louis Johnson.

RECORDED APRIL 2020

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