TIR 48: Kym Yancey Is Here to Shine Light on Sun


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 TIR Episode 48 (two segments): Drummer-composer Kym Yancey, an original member of the great Dayton, Ohio funk band of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Sun. Yancey brought his jazz chops to the funky cosmic stew, collaborating with band mates like Sun leader and multi-instrumentalist Byron Byrd, and later guitar players Keith Cheatham and Sheldon Reynolds, to record five sizzling albums. The first one in 1976 contained their first significant hit and the jamming cut, “Wanna Make Love (Come Flick My Bic),” which included Roger and Lester Troutman several years before they launched their own successful careers. The next four records included gems like “”Light Me Up,” “Conscience,” “Boogie Bopper,” “Organ Grinder,” “Sun Is Here,” “Dance (Do What You Wanna Do),” “Long Drawn Out Thang,” “You Don’t Have to Hurry,” “Radiation Level” and “Hot Spot.”

After Yancey left in 1980, Sun would go on to release three more albums through 1984, including those bearing the dance-floor jams “Slamm Dunk the Ffunk!” and “Legs (Bring the Wolf Out in Me).” During Yancey’s tenure, the band amassed 7 charted R&B chart singles.

Amazingly, Yancey’s greatest success still laid ahead of him and not as an R&B recording star as he had envisioned. He fell into making jingles for various products and businesses, doing so well with it that he opened up an advertising agency that he sold 15 years later. Yancey then cofounded North America’s premier women’s business network, called eWomenNetwork, which grew to more than 500,000 members and 118 chapters across the United States and Canada. Since 2014, he has also been leading Live Happy, which promotes happiness through education, community, events, a dedicated magazine and more.

Although he has kept the pace of entrepreneurship, marketing and business more than the beat of funk drumming the past 35 years, the tunes Yancey laid down as part of Sun are as face-melting and beloved by fans today as they ever were. Here, from his Dallas-based offices, Yancey lights up talking about those precious times of yore that have become funk lore. His passion is infectious as he tells what made Sun shine so intensely.

Recorded March 2018


Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.