Brought to you by Funknstuff.net and hosted by Scott 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 this three-part series: Drummer Raymond Calhoun and keyboardist & horn player Oliver Scott, both original Gap Band players. These largely unheralded musicians, composers and background singers were literally and figuratively instrumental in many of the Gap Band’s great albums and songs during their run as one of the most popular funk & soul groups of the late 1970s and through the 1980s. Their work can be heard on classic hits that include “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops Upside Your Head),” “Outstanding,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Early in the Morning,” “Humpin’,” “Party Train” and “Yearning for Your Love.” Several of those tracks and their albums reached No. 1 and sold millions.
The credit, fame and riches that came with that massive success, however, was for the most part limited to the three Wilson brothers, Charlie, Ronnie and Robert. They were the only ones pictured on the album covers and key collaborators and contributors like Raymond and Oliver were not officially recognized as full-fledged members of the Gap Band. They were relegated to basically being hired hands, despite participating at a level usually associated with greater recognition. Ironically, for the past several years, they have been the ones keeping the legacy most alive by continuing to bring those unforgettable songs to the people, touring as The Gap Experience, or GAPX.
Find out more about Raymond and Oliver, how they hooked up with the Wilson brothers, what went into creating those hit albums and songs, what their lives were like during the Gap Band’s heyday, why and how the band declined and disbanded, the frustrations and hardships of not being recognized as an official band member, and how they continue to put the music first. (Recorded May 2017)