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The Counts

Band, US
A.k.a. Bad Smoke Lunar Funk (2) The Fabulous Counts

American funk and soul group founded in 1964 in Detroit, MI. For 1950s R&B, doo-wop & vocal group, please see: The Counts (14) The founding members of the group were Mose Davis (organ), Leroy Emmanuel (guitar), and Demo Cates (alto saxophone & vocals). Jam sessions with their neighbors Raoul Keith Mangrum (congas) and Jim White (13) (tenor sax) attracted Andrew Gibson (3) (drums). The group never had a full-time bass player, since Davis handled the bass parts with organ foot pedals. Performing mostly instrumentals, the group often backed up various local singers, most notably Spyder Turner, and with the addition of Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, recorded the demo that became Turner's 1968 hit version of "Stand By Me." The band then hooked up with producer Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, recording the R&B hit "Jan Jan" for Ollie McLaughlin's Detroit-based Moira Records in 1969. The song was such a big hit in Detroit that Moira's distributor Cotillion rush-released a full-length album "Jan Jan". The band dropped the 'Fabulous' from their name for their self-produced 1972 album, What's Up Front That-Counts, for Detroit-based Westbound Records. The group then recorded three singles under a pair of pseudonyms for producer Marlin McNichols, calling themselves first Lunar Funk (2) and then Bad Smoke. Later they cut two albums for the Atlanta, Georgia-based Aware, 1973's Love Sign and 1975's Funk Pump. Though both albums made the Billboard R&B charts, the band broke up in 1976.

PortraitLeroy Emmanuel
g, voc, perc US
PortraitByron Miller
b, bvoc
PortraitMose Davis
voc, key US
PortraitDemo Cates
sax, voc
Andrew Gibson
perc, voc US
Popular Tracks   
Dedicated Man on It's What's in the Groove by The Counts
Just You, Just Me on It's What's in the Groove by The Counts
Two of a Kind on I Am the Lord Vol. 2 by Lord Luther
Funk Pump on It's What's in the Groove by The Counts
Funk on It's What's in the Groove by The Counts
Love Sign on It's What's in the Groove by The Counts
Since We Said Goodbye on It's What's in the Groove by The Counts
Tecalli on It's What's in the Groove by The Counts
Stop Cheating on Me on 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage & Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records by Various Artists
Trick Bag on The History of Northwest Rock, Vol 2 - The Garage Years by Various Artists

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Funk Pump / Flies Over WatermelonThe Counts2006Album
It's What's In The GrooveThe Counts1996Compil.
Funk PumpThe Counts1994Compil.
Golden ClassicsThe Counts1993Compil.
What's It All About / Motor CityThe Counts1978Single
Magic Ride / Short CutThe Counts1975Single
Funk PumpThe Counts1974Single
Funk PumpThe Counts1974Album
I'm The Music / At The FairThe Counts1974Single
Love SignThe Counts1973Album
Too BadThe Counts1973Single
Thinking Single / Why Not Start All Over AgainThe Counts1971Single
What's Up Front That-CountsThe Counts1971Album
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