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Roy Ayers

vib, voc, *1940 US, Los Angeles
Musician / Composer of Jazz and R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Roy Edward Ayers

American funk, soul and jazz composer and vibraphone player born 10 September 1940 in Los Angeles. Thanks to his trombone playing father and piano teaching mother, he became immersed in music early on. Among his hits are "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Running Away", and collaborations with Fela Kuti, "Africa - Centre Of The World". 2004 saw the release of "Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981" which were 'lost' sessions tapes that he had discarded, along with various contemporary remixes. DJ Gilles Peterson described this as the equivalent of finding a lost Beatles album. Father of Roy Ayers III.

  • Vibraphone
  • Vocals
  • Electric piano
  • Backing Vocals
  • Synthesizer
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Dance
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Searching on Vibrations by Roy Ayers
Love Will Bring Us Back Together on Evolution: The Polydor Anthology by Roy Ayers
Liquid Love on Virgin Ubiquity II by Roy Ayers
Running Away on The Best Of Roy Ayers by Roy Ayers
Papa Was A Rolling Stone on Red, Black & Green by Roy Ayers
The Memory on Vibrations by Roy Ayers
Funk in the Hole on Virgin Ubiquity II by Roy Ayers
I Am Your Mind (Part 2) on Virgin Ubiquity II by Roy Ayers
Aragon - From The "Coffy" Soundtrack on Coffy by Various Artists
Sunshine - Demo on Virgin Ubiquity II by Roy Ayers

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Holiday The Ben Rau RemixesBen Rau, Roy Ayers2018Single
Call Me Jazz From The PenthouseThe Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers2018Album
Coffy 45s CollectionRoy Ayers2018Single
Our Time Is Coming / Take A ChanceRoy Ayers / Pleasure2018Single
The Funk And Soulful Side Of Roy AyersRoy Ayers2016Single
Everybody Loves The SunshineRoy Ayers / Ramp2016Single
Searching For Sunshine (1973-1980)Roy Ayers2015Compil.
Out Of Work / Can't You See Me (Ebony Cuts Edits)Jesse Gould / Roy Ayers2013Album
Love Will Bring Us Back Together / Rock Your RollRoy Ayers2013Album
Shoes Of Roy AyersRoy Ayers2011Album
Step Into Our Life & Prime TimeRoy Ayers & Wayne Henderson2011Compil.
Hummin' (Simon S Rework) / Where There Is No Sun (Simon S Rework)Roy Ayers / Sun Ra2010Single
Deep Disco & BoogieRoy Ayers / Cash2010Album
In TimeRichard Earnshaw Feat. Erik Dillard & Roy Ayers2010Album
Live & Documentary Vol.1 (Roy Ayers Japan Tour 2009)Roy Ayers2010Album
Positive VibeRoy Ayers And Bah Samba2009Single
Chaque SecondeDialect Music Feat. Roy Ayers2008Album
Mastercuts LegendsRoy Ayers / Funkadelic / Sly & The Family Stone2008Compil.
Brand New FeelingRoy Ayers2008Album
Classic Roy Ayers Productions Vol. 1Roy Ayers2008Compil.
Electric VibesDown To The Bone Featuring Roy Ayers2007Album
2000 Black Remixed By Louie VegaRoy Ayers2007Album
We Live In Brooklyn, Baby/ (This Place Hotel) Heartbreak HotelRoy Ayers / The Jacksons2007Album
Virgin Ubiquity RemixedRoy Ayers2006Compil.
Virgin Ubiquity Remixed EP5Roy Ayers2006Album
Virgin Ubiquity Remixed EP 4Roy Ayers2006Album
Virgin Ubiquity Remixed EP 2Roy Ayers2005Album
Sunshine ManRoy Ayers2005Album
Holiday (Virgin Ubiquity Remixes)Roy Ayers2005Album
Virgin Ubiquity II (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)Roy Ayers2005Compil.
Virgin Ubiquity Remixed EP 3Roy Ayers2005Album
Cowboys & Gangsters / ChicagoGichy Dan / Roy Ayers2005Album
GoldRoy Ayers2005Compil.
Dam Edit Volume 1Eddie Kendricks / Roy Ayers2005Album
The Essential Roy AyersRoy Ayers2005Compil.
Love Not TruthPostmodern Jazz Featuring Roy Ayers2005Album
My VibesRoy Ayers2005Album
In ConcertRoy Ayers2005Album
The Bottle / Poo Poo La LaGil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson / Roy Ayers2004Album
Everybody Loves The SunshineRoy Ayers Feat. Erykah Badu2004Album
Everybody Loves The SunshineRoy Ayers2004Compil.
AntonataRenovation Unlimited Featuring Roy Ayers2004Album
Sugar (Joey Negro Remix)Roy Ayers2004Single
SearchingRoy Ayers Featuring Erykah Badu2004Single
Mahogany VibeRoy Ayers2004Album
Searching - The Africa 70 Version (Yoruba Mixes)Roy Ayers2004Single
Soulride3D Feat. Roy Ayers2004Album
Virgin Ubiquity (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)Roy Ayers2003Compil.
ClassicRoy Ayers2003Compil.
Searching / Brand New FeelingRoy Ayers2003Album
Get Down To The FloorThe James Taylor Quartet Feat. Roy Ayers2003Album
Baby DollRoy Ayers2003Album
Destination Motherland - The Roy Ayers AnthologyRoy Ayers2003Compil.
SnoopRoy Ayers2003Album
Good VibrationsRoy Ayers / Kerri Chandler2003Album
3rd Eye Revisited - Tribute To Roy AyersRoy Ayers2002Album
Room At The TopThe James Taylor Quartet featuring Roy Ayers and Ian Anderson2002Album
A Little Dope SamplerNuyorican Soul Featuring Jocelyn Brown - Roy Ayers2002Album
For Cåfe Aprés-midiRoy Ayers2002Compil.
Essential VibesRoy Ayers2002Compil.
Destination Motherland The Roy Ayers Anthology Limited Edition Album SamplerRoy Ayers2002Album
Live At Ronnie Scott's - London 1988Roy Ayers2002Album
Live At Ronnie Scott's - London 1988Roy Ayers2001Album
Really Real Classics Vol. 4Chaka Khan / Roy Ayers2001Album
Our Time Is Coming / Life Is But A DreamMasters At Work Featuring Roy Ayers Featuring Lynae2001Album
Searchin' / Good VibrationsRoy Ayers2001Compil.
ZeularaéUFP Featuring Roy Ayers2001Album
Our Time Is ComingMasters At Work Featuring Roy Ayers2001Single
PerfectionRoy Ayers2000Album
Ridin' HighJ. Cartel Featuring Roy Ayers2000Album
The Best Of Roy AyersRoy Ayers2000Compil.
I Love To LoveJody Watley Featuring Roy Ayers2000Album
Live From West Port Jazzfestival HamburgRay Gaskins Band Feat. Roy Ayers & Jocelyn Brown1999Album
Daddy Bug / Virgo VibesRoy Ayers1999Compil.
JuiceRoy Ayers1999Album
Smooth JazzRoy Ayers1999Album
The CollectionRoy Ayers1998Compil.
In The Dark / You Might Be SurprisedRoy Ayers1998Compil.
Spoken Word-Featuring Bonita Brisker (Personally signed by Roy in Live concert At Ronnie Scott's )Roy Ayers1998Album
ExpansionsScott Grooves Featuring Roy Ayers1998Album
Smiling FacesThe Soul Society Feat. Roy Ayers1997Album
Dangerous VibesFerry Ultra Feat. Roy Ayers1997Album
The Best Of Roy AyersRoy Ayers1997Compil.
Searchin' (Live)/HotRoy Ayers1996Compil.
Good Vibrations/The Essential Groove - LiveRoy Ayers1996Album
Proceed IIThe Roots W / Roy Ayers1995Single
NasteRoy Ayers1995Album
Roy Ayers / The J.B.'sRoy Ayers / The J.B.'s1995Album
NastéRoy Ayers1995Album
Vibesman - Live At Ronnie ScottsRoy Ayers1995Compil.
Evolution: The Polydor AnthologyRoy Ayers1995Compil.
The Essential Groove - LiveRoy Ayers1994Compil.
The Rubbers Song / Proceed IIThe Pharcyde / The Roots With Roy Ayers1994Album
Need Your Love Once More / Crazy Love SongsTime And Space Featuring Mel Nixon & Roy Ayers1994Album
King Of Vibes - Roy Ayers Super CollectionRoy Ayers1993Compil.
A Shining Symbol - The Ultimate CollectionRoy Ayers1993Compil.
Good VibrationsRoy Ayers1993Album
Get Up Get DownFishbelly Black With Roy Ayers1993Album
Get On Up Get On DownRoy Ayers1993Compil.
Vibrant (The Very Best Of)Roy Ayers1993Compil.
Roy Ayers Live - Brewhouse JazzRoy Ayers1992Album
From The CD Double TroubleRoy Ayers1992Album
HotRoy Ayers1992Album
Double TroubleRoy Ayers1992Album
Everybody Needs SomebodyRoy Ayers1991Single
Don't Stop the Feeling / Running AwayRoy Ayers1991Single
Searchin' (Live)Roy Ayers1991Album
Fast MoneyRoy Ayers1990Album
Get On Up, Get On Down / Heat Of The BeatRoy Ayers And Wayne Henderson1990Single
Rare - Volume 2Roy Ayers1990Compil.
Wake UpRoy Ayers1989Album
Brother Green (The Disco King)Roy Ayers1989Album
RareRoy Ayers1989Compil.
Don't Let Go / Don't Stop The FeelingIsaac Hayes / Roy Ayers1989Album
Crack Is In The Mirror (Wake Up) / Spirit Of Dodo 89 (Special 12" Version)Roy Ayers1989Album
Suavé / And Then We Where OneRoy Ayers1989Album
D.C. CityRoy Ayers1988Single
DriveRoy Ayers1988Album
I'm The One (For Your Love Tonight)Roy Ayers1987Album
Can't You See MeRoy Ayers1987Album
I'm The OneRoy Ayers1987Single
Programmed For LoveRoy Ayers1985Single
HotRoy Ayers1985Album
Slip 'N' SlideRoy Ayers1985Album
You Might Be SurprisedRoy Ayers1985Album
In The DarkRoy Ayers1984Album
In The DarkRoy Ayers1984Single
Poo Poo La La / Running Away / CompadreRoy Ayers1984Album
Poo Poo La LaRoy Ayers1984Single
Silver VibrationsRoy Ayers1983Album
Silver VibrationsRoy Ayers1983Album
Drivin' On UpRoy Ayers1983Album
Lots Of LoveRoy Ayers1983Album
Respect / TrustJohn Blair Featuring Roy Ayers1982Single
Fast MoneyRoy Ayers1982Album
Fire Up The Funk / Let's Stay TogetherRoy Ayers1982Single
Feeling GoodRoy Ayers1982Album
Let's Stay TogetherRoy Ayers1982Album
Turn Me LooseRoy Ayers1982Album
Destination MotherlandRoy Ayers1981Single
Africa, Center Of The WorldRoy Ayers1981Album
Prime TimeRoy Ayers - Wayne Henderson1980Album
Love FantasyRoy Ayers1980Album
Love FantasyRoy Ayers1980Single
Rock Your RollRoy Ayers1980Single
You Make Me Feel Like (Rockin' With Ya) / Million Dollar Baby (Feel So Real)Roy Ayers / Wayne Henderson1980Single
Music Of Many ColoursFela Kuti And Roy Ayers1980Album
(Sometimes) Believe In YourselfRoy Ayers1980Album
The Best Of Roy AyersRoy Ayers1979Compil.
Don't Stop The Feeling (Full Length Version)Roy Ayers1979Single
Love Will Bring Us Back TogetherRoy Ayers1979Album
No Stranger To LoveRoy Ayers1979Album
What You Won't Do For LoveRoy Ayers1979Single
Shack Up, Pack Up, It's Up (When I'm Gone)Roy Ayers1979Single
FeverRoy Ayers1979Album
FeverRoy Ayers1979Album
No Deposit No ReturnRoy Ayers / Wayne Henderson1978Single
Freaky DeakyRoy Ayers1978Single
Ooh Baby / Step In To Our LifeRoy Ayers / Wayne Henderson1978Single
Let's Do It / Melody MakerRoy Ayers1978Single
You Send MeRoy Ayers1978Album
Heat Of The BeatRoy Ayers / Wayne Henderson1978Album
Get On Up, Get On DownRoy Ayers1978Single
Melody MakerRoy Ayers1978Single
Running Away / Can't You See MeRoy Ayers1978Album
Step In To Our LifeRoy Ayers / Wayne Henderson1978Album
StarbootyRoy Ayers Presents Ubiquity1978Album
Let's Do ItRoy Ayers1978Album
StarbootyRoy Ayers Presents Ubiquity1978Album
Daddy Bug & FriendsRoy Ayers1976Album
Hey Uh-What You Say Come OnRoy Ayers1976Single
2000 Black / The Way Of The WorldRoy Ayers1975Single
Magic Lady / No QuestionRoy Ayers1975Single
CoffyRoy Ayers1973Album
Brother Louie / Virgo RedRoy Ayers1973Single
He Gives Us All His Love / Pretty Brown SkinRoy Ayers1971Single
UbiquityRoy Ayers1970Album
Daddy BugRoy Ayers1969Album
Stoned Soul PicnicRoy Ayers1968Album
Virgo VibesRoy Ayers1967Album
Ramblin'The Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers1966Album
The Jack Wilson QuartetThe Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers1963Album
West Coast VibesRoy Ayers1963Album
Complete Bossa NovaBarney Kessel, Jim Hall, Sonny Sharrock, Roy Ayers, Earl May, Bruno Carr1961Single
Running Away / In The Bottle / Standing In LineRoy Ayers / Gil Scott-Heron / ESGAlbum
All Night Thing / Running AwayInvisible Man's Band / Roy AyersAlbum
Fantastic Voyage / Don't Stop The FeelingLakeside / Roy AyersAlbum
Disco CutsRoy AyersAlbum
Running Away (12" Mix) / Freaky DeakyRoy AyersSingle
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