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The Pharaohs

R&B/Soul and Jazz

The Pharaohs, a soul/jazz/funk group, were formed in 1962 out of a student band, The Jazzmen, at Crane Junior College in Chicago. This early incarnation comprised Louis Satterfield on trombone, Charles Handy on trumpet, and Don Myrick on alto saxophone. They were joined by Fred Humphrey on piano, Ernest McCarthy on bass guitar and Maurice White on drums. Satterfield, White, and Handy were studio musicians at Chess Records in Chicago. On the South Side of Chicago the Affro-Arts Theater offered concerts, as well as classes in music and dance. As the name suggests the theater represented the strong African-American nature of the area and the times. It was here that the Jazzmen merged with the Artistic Heritage Ensemble to form The Pharaohs. In 1971 the band recorded The Awakening, and in 1972 In the Basement. With cuts like The Pharaohs Love Ya'll and In the Basement these albums established The Pharaohs as a force, if only on the cult level, for several years. Many of the Afro-Sheen commercials from this period featured music of the Pharaohs. By the early seventies, Maurice White had had some success with the Ramsey Lewis Trio and recorded a demo with several Chicago musicians. After signing with Warner Brothers he assembled the band which was to become Earth, Wind & Fire. Some of the other members of the band released another album under the name Sky (18) in 1979.

PortraitDerf Reklaw
PortraitDon Myrick
ts, sax, bs 1940-1993 US
PortraitLouis Satterfield
b, voc, cwb 1937-2004 US
PortraitAaron Dodd
tu, tam 1948-2010 US
PortraitCharles Handy
tr, ob
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Title Artist Year Type
In The BasementThe Pharaohs1996Album
Love And HappinessThe Pharaohs1972Single
Is That Black Enough For You? / Tracks Of My TearsThe Pharaohs1971Single
The AwakeningThe Pharaohs1971Album
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