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    Backing band for James Brown
    Recorded the singles ‘These Are the J.B.’s’ (1970), ‘Gimme Some More’ (1971), ‘Pass the Peas’ (1972), ‘Doing It To Death’ (1973), ‘Damn Right I Am Somebody’ (1974), ‘Everybody Wanna Get Funky One More Time’ (1976) and ‘Disco Fever’ (1976)
    Notable members included:
    Bootsy Collins, bass guitar
    Catfish Collins, guitar
    Maceo Parker, sax
    Pee Wee Ellis, sax
    Bobby Byrd, keyboards and vocals
    Fred Wesley, trombone
    Jabo Starks, drums
    Clyde Stubblefield, drums
    St. Clair Pickney, guitar
    Jimmy Nolen, guitar
    Johnny Griggs, percussion
    They were put together after Brown’s previous backing band walked out in a pay dispute.
    They had a lot of personnel turnover over the years.
    They recorded under a bunch of other names, including the New J.B.’s, J.B.’s International, Maceo and the Macks, the First Family, the Last Word, the James Brown Soul Train and the Above Average Black Band (a joking reference to the Average White Band).
    ’Doing It To Death’ was their only song to cross over to the pop Top 40.
    They played an important role in Brown’s early 70s transition to heavier, groove-oriented funk.
    ’Doing It To Death’ topped the Billboard R&B singles chart and was certified gold with over a millions copies sold.
    Several band members would join George Clinton’s P-Funk crew.

Credit: C. Fishel

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