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Their self-effacing name to the contrary, Average White Band was anything but -- one of the few white groups to cross the color line and achieve success and credibility playing funk, with their tight, fiery sound also belying their Scottish heritage, evoking American R&B hotbeds like Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia instead. Singer/bassist Alan Gorrie, guitarists Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre, tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan, keyboardist/saxophonist Roger Ball, and drummer Robbie McIntosh comprised the original Average White Band lineup. Veterans of numerous Scottish soul and jazz groups, they made their debut in 1973 as the opening act at Eric Clapton's Rainbow Theatre comeback gig, soon issuing their debut LP, Show Your Hand, to little notice. After adopting the abbreviated moniker AWB, a year later the band issued their self-titled sophomore effort, topping the American pop charts with the Arif Mardin-produced instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces." The record's mammoth success was nevertheless tempered by the September 23, 1974 death of McIntosh, who died at a Hollywood party after overdosing on heroin. Ex-Bloodstone drummer Steve Ferrone replaced McIntosh for AWB's third album, 1975's Cut the Cake, which scored a Top Ten hit with its title track as well as two other chart entries, "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" and "School Boy Crush." (Put It Where You Want It, issued later that same year, was simply a retitled and repackaged Show Your Hand.) With 1976's Soul Searching, the group reclaimed the full Average White Band name, scoring their final Top 40 hit with "Queen of My Soul." Following the live Person to Person, they issued Benny & Us, a collaboration with soul legend Ben E. King. However, after subsequent outings, including 1978's Warmer Communications, 1979's Feel No Fret, and 1980's Shine, failed to recapture the energy of AWB's peak, the group dissolved in 1982, with Ferrone later joining Duran Duran and Stuart recording with Paul McCartney. Gorrie, Ball, and McIntyre reformed Average White Band in 1989, tapping vocalist Alex Ligertwood for their comeback effort Aftershock. Oft-sampled by hip-hop producers throughout the 1990s, the group continued touring prior to releasing Soul Tattoo in 1996. The live album, Face to Face, followed three years later. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
The Average White Band

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    18 songs

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    Cupid's in Fashion (Expanded)

    9 songs

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    British Live Performance Series

    14 songs

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    AWB R&B

    13 songs

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    Times Squared

    12 songs

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    AWB

    13 songs

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    Feel No Fret... And More

    12 songs

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    Warmer Communications [Rhino]

    10 songs

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    Cut the Cake

    11 songs

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    Soul Searching

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Average White Band

    2 songs

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    Pick Up the Pieces/Work to Do [Digital 45]

    16 songs

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    Greatest & Latest [CD & DVD]

    12 songs

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    The Essentials

    13 songs

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    Soul & the City

    10 songs

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    Person to Person

    8 songs

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    Live at Montreux 1977

    13 songs

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    Radio Live: Average White Band

    8 songs

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    Rock Elite: Best Of Average White Band

    9 songs

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    Access All Areas - Average White Band (Audio Version)

    20 songs

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    Love of Your Own

    18 songs

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    Pickin' Up the Pieces: The Best of Average White Band (1974-1980)

    14 songs

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    Times Squared: Live from New York

    11 songs

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    Warmer Communications

    13 songs

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    Feel No Fret

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Top Songs by
The Average White Band

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  2.   Pick Up the Pieces
  3.   Cut the Cake
  4.   Work to Do
  5.   School Boy Crush
  6.   A Love of Your Own
  7.   Person to Person
  8.   Let's Go Round Again
  9.   If I Ever Lose This Heaven
  10.   Queen of My Soul
  11.   Cloudy
  12.   There's Always Someone Waiting
  13.   Twilight Zone
  14.   I Want You
  15.   Imagine by Ben E. King
  16.   A Star in the Ghetto
  17.   I'm the One
  18.   Soul Searching
  19.   I Just Can't Give You Up
  20.   Keepin' It to Myself by Ben E. King
  21.   Got the Love
  22.   I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  23.   City Lights
  24.   A Love of Yuor Own
  25.   Get It Up by Ben E. King
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Average White Band

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    Disco Inferno

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    Funk Classics

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    Old-School BBQ

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    Funk

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    My Parents' Record Collection

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    '70s Deep Dive

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    '70s Hits

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    Oldies

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Adult R&B

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    '70s Rock


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