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The Gap Band


The Gap Band was an American R&B and funk band which rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. Composed of brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson, the band first formed as the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band in 1967, in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group shortened its name to The Gap Band in 1973. After 43 years together, they retired in 2010.

  • also known as Gap Band
  • members:
  • genres: Rhythm and blues, Funk, Soul music, Disco, Electro, Quiet Storm, Contemporary R&B, Boogie
  • albums: "The Gap Band II", "Gap Band III", "Gap Band IV", "Gap Band V: Jammin'", "Gap Band 8", "Ain't Nothin' but a Party", "Ultimate Collection", "20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Gap Band", "Gap Gold", "Greatest Hits", "The 12" Collection and More", "The Gap Band", "Live & Well", "The Best of Gap Band", "Y2K", "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)", "Gold", "Magicians Holiday", "Gap Band VI", "Straight from the Heart", "Round Trip", "Testimony", "All of My Love", "Strike a Groove", "Y2K: Funkin' Till 2000 Comz", "Live And Well"
  • some of the nominations and awards:
      • nominated to American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album - "Gap Band III"
      • nominated to American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group
      • nominated to Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance - "Introduction - Where Are We Going? (instrumental)"
      • nominated to American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group
      • nominated to American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group
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  1. "The Gap Band": The Gap Band is the second album by The Gap Band in 1977 on Tattoo Records. This is not to be confused with the 1979 Mercury Records self titled album.
  2. "The Gap Band": The Gap Band is an album by The Gap Band, released in 1979 on Mercury Records. It is the group's second self-titled album, and their third album overall. The album was the band's first to be released on Mercury Records. It reached number ten on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Music (2010)

by Emmett G. Price, III, Tammy Kernodle, Horace Maxille

Blacks had gained access to most social spaces and funk musicians were left to revel in celebrity status; this era of funk included such artists as Rick James, Cameo, Lakeside, the Gap Band, and Zapp. As funk grew with technological ...

Google previewMotown Encyclopedia (2014)

by Graham Betts

Featuring Ben Bridges on pedal steel guitar and Charlie and Ronnie Wilson from The Gap Band on backing vocals, the single was released in December 1980, going on to reach #10 in the UK and onlyjust lower in the US, where it would peak ...

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