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Average White Band

Band, 1972-1983 GB, Dundee
R&B/Soul

Original Members: Alan Gorrie (b. 19th July 1946, Perth, Scotland; bass, vocals); Mike Rosen (trumpet, guitar); replaced by Hamish Stuart (b. 8th October 1949, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar, vocals); Owen 'Ormie' McIntyre (b. 25th September 1945, Lennoxtown, Scotland; guitar); Malcolm 'Mollie' Duncan (b. 24th August 1945, Montrose, Scotland; saxophone); Roger Ball (b. 4th June 1944, Broughty Ferry, Scotland; saxophone, keyboards); Robbie McIntosh (b. 6th May 1950, Dundee, Scotland, d. 23 September 1974, Hollywood, U.S.A; drums). History: This unique act, an R'n'B/ soul group from Scotland and originally with no black musicians became one of the best selling and sounding funk bands in the world. The horn section started out as "The Dundee Horns". They can be heard on Johnny Nash's reggae hit "I Can See Clearly Now". Eric Clapton and Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) helped them on their way to becoming a household name. But it wasn't until they reached the US and were signed to Atlantic Records that the Average White Band really took off (Jerry Wexler signed them on the spot, after they hit him at home on one of his parties, where they played him the basic tracks for what would become the White Album: "AWB"). Arif Mardin became their producer and together they couldn't do wrong. All of their seventies albums reached gold or even platinum status and hits such as the timeless "Pick Up The Pieces" and "Cut The Cake" were number 1 hits on the U.S. Billboard Charts. Tragedy hit the young group in 1974 when their drummer, Robbie McIntosh died at a Hollywood party in a drug-related incident, but their act only became stronger. It was after Robbie's death, Steve Ferrone joined to replace Robbie on drums, and was the only black musician in band, it was a standing joke in the band that they 'played' with the press because of their band name. The Double album "Person To Person", recorded during their American 1975 Tour, is among the best selling live funk albums ever. They reached the white market with their unique sound without losing respect from the core Soul/ R'n'B lover in the black communities.

        
Members
PortraitRoger Ball
key, as *1944 GB
PortraitSteve Ferrone
dr, perc *1950 GB
PortraitMalcolm Duncan
ts, sax *1945 GB
PortraitOnnie McIntyre
g, bvoc
PortraitAlan Gorrie
voc, b *1946 GB
Klyde Jones
voc, bvoc *1965
PortraitHamish Stuart
voc, g *1949 GB
PortraitElliot Lewis
g, key
PortraitBrian Dunne
dr
PortraitRobbie McIntosh
dr, perc 1950-1974 GB
PortraitAlex Ligertwood
voc, bvoc *1946 GB
PortraitJohn Wilson
g, b, voc
PortraitFred Vigdor
ts, sax US
PortraitPete Abbott
dr, perc US
Popular Tracks   
Pick Up the Pieces on AWB by Average White Band, Arif Mardin & Gene Paul
A Love of Your Own on Soul Searching by Average White Band
School Boy Crush on Cut the Cake by Average White Band
Cut the Cake - Single Edit on Cut the Cake by Average White Band
Work to Do on AWB by Average White Band, Arif Mardin & Gene Paul
I Just Can't Give You Up on AWB R&B by Average White Band
All Will Be Well on Inside Out by Average White Band
Love Your Life on Soul Searching by Average White Band
If I Ever Lose This Heaven - Single Edit on Cut the Cake by Average White Band
Whatcha Gonna Do Fa Me on AWB R&B by Average White Band

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Free Soul. The Treasure Of Average White BandAverage White Band2018Compil.
Pickin' Up The Pieces: The Best Of Average White BandAverage White Band2018Compil.
Pick Of The Pieces: The Vinyl Collection.Average White Band2018Album
Inside OutAverage White Band2017Album
AWB R&BAverage White Band2016Album
Access All AreasAverage White Band2015Album
All The Pieces - The Complete Studio Recordings 1971-2003Average White Band2014Compil.
Light MellowAverage White Band2014Compil.
... Times Squared ... Live From New York ...Average White Band2013Album
Live At Montreux 1977Average White Band2011Album
Cut The Cake / Soul Searching / Benny & UsAverage White Band2009Compil.
Supernatural / Benny And UsBen E. King, Average White Band2009Compil.
Pick Up The Pieces / Person To PersonAverage White Band2009Single
Anthology The Best Of Average White BandAverage White Band2009Compil.
Show Your Hand / How Sweet Can You Get? / Average White BandAverage White Band2009Compil.
Pick Up The Pieces (The Very Best Of The Average White Band)Average White Band2009Compil.
Person To Person / Warmer CommunicationsAverage White Band2009Compil.
Feel No Fret / Volume VIII / Shine / Cupid's In FashionAverage White Band2009Compil.
Standing Room OnlyAverage White Band2007Album
The Definitive Groove CollectionAverage White Band2006Compil.
Soul & The CityAverage White Band2006Album
The Very Best OfAverage White Band2006Compil.
Warmer Communications & Benny And UsAverage White Band2005Compil.
Live at Montreux 1977Average White Band2005Album
Greatest & LatestAverage White Band2005Compil.
Feel No Fret/ShineAverage White Band2005Compil.
School Boy Crush / Do The Funky PenguinAverage White Band / Rufus Thomas2005Album
Nicky Holloway Presents Disco Edits Vol. 1Wild Cherry / Average White Band2004Album
Living In ColourAverage White Band2003Album
The Ultimate CollectionAverage White Band2003Compil.
The EssentialsAverage White Band2002Compil.
Free Soul. The Classic Of The Average White BandAverage White Band2002Compil.
Tonight: Average White Band In ConcertAverage White Band2001Album
Dance Panic Presents Dance Classics Remixes 2000/2 Promotional 12 Inch Vinyl Part 2Average White Band / Indeep2000Album
You Make Me Feel / Pick Up The PiecesSylvester, Average White Band2000Album
Cut The Cake And Other HitsAverage White Band1999Compil.
Face To Face LiveAverage White Band1999Album
Dance Classics Analogue Collection Vol.6Average White Band1997Album
Back To BasicsAverage White Band1997Single
Pick Up The PiecesAverage White Band1997Single
Classic CutsAverage White Band1997Compil.
The Very Best OfAverage White Band1997Compil.
Pick Up The Pieces and Other HitsAverage White Band1997Compil.
Every Beat Of My HeartAverage White Band1996Single
Soul TattooAverage White Band1996Album
UntitledThe Eastern Gang / Kenny "Jammin" Jason / Ann Lewis / Average White Band1996Compil.
The Very Best OfAverage White Band1996Compil.
Above AverageAverage White Band1996Compil.
The Very Best Of The Average White BandAverage White Band1996Compil.
The Best Of Average White Band AnthologyAverage White Band1995Compil.
Best Of The Average White BandAverage White Band1994Compil.
The Best Of The Average White Band - Let's Go Round AgainAverage White Band1994Compil.
Live On The TestAverage White Band1994Album
Pickin' Up The Pieces: The Best Of Average White BandAverage White Band1992Compil.
Pick Up The PiecesAverage White Band1992Album
Sticky SituationAverage White Band1989Single
AftershockAverage White Band1988Album
The Spirit Of LoveAverage White Band Featuring Chaka Khan And Ronnie Laws1988Single
I BelieveAverage White Band1982Single
Cupid's In FashionAverage White Band1982Album
Easier Said Than DoneAverage White Band1982Single
Cupid's In FashionAverage White Band1982Single
You're My Number OneAverage White Band1982Single
Let`s Go Round Again / For You, For LoveAverage White Band1981Single
ShineAverage White Band1980Single
Into The NightAverage White Band1980Single
ShineAverage White Band1980Album
Let's Go Round AgainAverage White Band1980Album
Volume VIIIAverage White Band1980Compil.
For You For LoveAverage White Band1980Single
Atlantic Avenue / She's A DreamAverage White Band1979Single
Walk On By / Too Late To CryAverage White Band1979Single
Walk On By / Feel No FretAverage White Band1979Album
Feel No Fret / Fire BurningAverage White Band1979Album
When Will You Be MineAverage White Band1979Single
In Concert-195Average White Band1979Album
The Best OfAverage White Band1979Compil.
Feel No FretAverage White Band1979Album
Your Love Is A Miracle / One Look Over My Shoulder (Is This Really Goodbye?)Average White Band1978Single
She's A DreamAverage White Band1978Single
Wake Up And Make Love With Me / Same Feeling Different SongIan Dury / Average White Band1978Single
Same Feeling, Different SongAverage White Band1978Single
Your Love Is A MiracleAverage White Band1978Single
Warmer CommunicationsAverage White Band1978Album
One Look Over My Shoulder (Is This Really Goodbye?)Average White Band1978Album
Big City Lights / Sweet & SourAverage White Band1978Album
Benny And UsAverage White Band & Ben E. King1977Album
Queen Of My Soul / Would You StayAverage White Band1977Single
A Star In The GhettoAverage White Band And Ben E. King1977Single
Get It UpBen E. King And Average White Band1977Single
恋は幻 = Get It UpBen E. King And Average White Band1977Single
Goin' Home / I'm The OneAverage White Band1977Album
Imagine / What Is SoulAverage White Band And Ben E. King1977Single
Nightbird & CompanyAverage White Band / Hubert Laws / Climax Blues Band / Thin Lizzy1977Compil.
The MessageAverage White Band, Ben E. King1977Single
I'm The OneAverage White Band1976Single
Person To PersonAverage White Band1976Single
Soul SearchingAverage White Band1976Album
CloudyAverage White Band1976Single
Cloudy / Love Your LifeAverage White Band1976Single
Queen Of My SoulAverage White Band1976Single
A Love Of Your OwnAverage White Band1976Single
Everybody's DarlingAverage White Band1976Single
Person To PersonAverage White Band1976Album
School Boy Crush / Queen Of My SoulAverage White Band1976Single
Cut The CakeAverage White Band1975Single
School Boy CrushAverage White Band1975Single
Pick Up The Pieces / Cut The CakeAverage White Band1975Single
If I Ever Lose This HeavenAverage White Band1975Single
Cut The CakeAverage White Band1975Album
Nightbird & Company: Cosmic Connections Presented By The Us Army ReserveSteppenwolf / Claire Hamill / Average White Band / Hello People1975Album
Pick Up The PiecesAverage White Band1974Single
You Got ItAverage White Band1974Single
How Can You Go HomeAverage White Band1974Single
Stereo Pop Special-82Average White Band1974Album
Nothing You Can DoAverage White Band1974Single
The JugglersAverage White Band1974Single
AWBAverage White Band1974Album
This World Has MusicAverage White Band1973Single
Show Your Hand / The JugglersAverage White Band1973Single
Put It Where You Want ItAverage White Band1973Single
Show Your HandAverage White Band1973Album
S.O.S. Stop Her On SightEdwin Starr / Average White Band1966Single
Work To Do / If I Ever Lose This HeavenAverage White BandSingle
Let’s Go ‘Round Again/Skip To My Lou/Body SlamAverage White Band, Finis Henderson, Bootsy's Rubber BandSingle
Cut The Cake / Nothing You Can DoAverage White BandSingle
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