Average White Band

Also known as A W B, A. W. B., A.W.B., Average White Band, The, Average Whiteband, Average With Band, AWB, White
Members of Average White Band: Alan Gorrie, Brian Dunne, Elliot Lewis, Hamish Stuart, John Wilson (12), Klyde Jones, Malcolm Duncan, Onnie McIntyre, Robbie McIntosh (2), Roger Ball, Steve Ferrone
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Discography of Average White Band:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Walk On By 2 Audio 1979-00-00 RCA
2 When Will You Be Mine (Re-Mixed Version) 2 Audio 1979
3 Pick Up The Pieces 2 Audio 1974 Atlantic
4 Benny And Us 7 Audio 1978 Atlantic
5 Volume VIII 9 Audio 1980 Atlantic
6 Put It Where You Want It 8 Audio 1975
7 Let's Go Round Again 2 Audio 1980 RCA
8 Nicky Holloway Presents Disco Edits Vol. 1 2 Audio 2004-11-05 Playable Music
9 Pick Up The Pieces / Work To Do 2 Audio 1974 Atlantic
10 AWB 10 Audio 1974 Atlantic
11 Let's Go Round Again 2 Audio 1980
12 Soul Searching 11 Audio 1980
13 Warmer Communications 9 Audio 1978
14 Person To Person 10 Audio 1976 Atlantic
15 Feel No Fret 9 Audio 1979 RCA
16 Shine 9 Audio 1980 RCA
17 Cut The Cake 10 Audio 1975 Atlantic
18 Aftershock 9 Audio 1988 Polydor
19 Cupid's In Fashion 10 Audio 1982 RCA
20 The Best Of 12 Audio 1979 RCA
21 AWB 10 Audio Atlantic
22 The Spirit Of Love 6 Audio 1988 Track Record Company
23 AWB 10 Audio 1974
24 Pick Up The Pieces (Remix) 3 Audio 1994 The Hit Label
25 Cut The Cake / Pick Up The Pieces 2 Audio 1975-06-25 Atlantic
26 Soul Searching 11 Audio 1976 Atlantic
27 The Ultimate Collection 35 Audio 2003
28 Cut The Cake 10 Audio 1975 Atlantic
29 Above Average 18 Audio 1996-10-01
30 Soul Tattoo 12 Audio 1996 SPV Recordings
31 Pick Up The Pieces 3 Audio 1997 Club Classics (2)
32 Aftershock 9 Audio 1988 Track Record Company
33 School Boy Crush / Do The Funky Penguin 2 Audio 2005 Strictly Breaks Records
34 Benny And Us 8 Audio 1977 Atlantic
35 School Boy Crush 2 Audio 1975 Atlantic
36 For You For Love / Help Is On The Way 2 Audio 1980 RCA
37 Let's Go Round Again 2 Audio 1980 RCA
38 I Believe 2 Audio 1982 RCA
39 The Very Best Of The Average White Band 17 Audio 1996 Music Club
40 Cut The Cake 2 Audio 1975 Atlantic
41 Soul Searching 11 Audio 1993 Rhino Records (2)
42 Benny And Us 8 Audio 1978 Atlantic
43 Pick Up The Pieces 2 Audio 1974 Atlantic
44 Person To Person 10 Audio 1976
45 Let's Go Round Again 4 Audio 1994 The Hit Label
46 Cut The Cake 10 Audio 1975 Atlantic
47 Feel No Fret 9 Audio 1979 RCA Victor
48 Nothing You Can Do 2 Audio 1974 Atlantic
49 Soul Searching 11 Audio 1976 Atlantic
50 A Star In The Ghetto 2 Audio 1977 Atlantic


[b]Original Members:[/b]

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).

[b]History:[/b]

This unique act, an R'n'B/ soul group from Scotland with only two 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 "[url=http://www.discogs.com/release/992063]I Can See Clearly Now[/url]".

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.

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.


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