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J.B.'s (Musical group)

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    • us: J-B's (Musical group)
    • us: The J.B.'s (Musical group)
    • us: The JB's (Musical group)
    • us: Fred Wesley & The JB's
    • us: Fred Wesley and The JB's
    • us: J.B.'s Reunion (Musical group)
    • us: The J.B.'s Reunion (Musical group)
    • us: JB Band
    • us: JBズ
    • us: Original J.b.s (Musical group)
    • us: The Original J.b.s (Musical group)
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    • found: Brown, J. Love power peace [SR] p1992: container (JB's)
    • found: LCCN 93-723271: Groove machine, p1979
    • found: AMG, Jan. 14, 2003 (the J.B.'s)
    • found: Classic funk. Volume one [SR] p1996: container (the J-B's)
    • found: Wikipedia, August 2, 2015 (The J.B.'s (sometimes punctuated The JB's or The J.B.s) was the name of James Brown's band from 1970 through the early 1980s. On records the band was sometimes billed under alternate names such as The James Brown Soul Train, Maceo and the Macks, A.A.B.B., The First Family, and The Last Word. In addition to backing Brown, the J.B.'s played behind Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins, and other singers associated with the James Brown Revue, and performed and recorded as a self-contained group. The J.B.'s were formed in March 1970 after most of the members of Brown's previous band walked out on him over a pay dispute. (Brown's previous bands of the 1950s and 1960s had been known as The James Brown Band and The James Brown Orchestra.) The J.B.'s initial lineup included bassist William "Bootsy" Collins and his guitarist brother Phelps "Catfish" Collins, formerly of the obscure funk band The Pacemakers; Bobby Byrd (founder of the original Famous Flames singing group) (organ), and John "Jabo" Starks (drums), both holdovers from Brown's 60s band; three inexperienced horn players, Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells, Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison, and Robert McCollough; and conga player Johnny Griggs. This version of the J.B.'s played on some of Brown's most intense funk recordings, including "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine", "Super Bad", "Soul Power", and "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing". They also accompanied Brown on a European tour (during which they recorded the long-delayed live album Love Power Peace), performed on the Sex Machine double LP, and released two instrumental singles, the much-sampled "The Grunt" and "These Are the J.B.'s".)
    • found: Wikipedia, August 2, 2015 (category: James Brown Orchestra members; James Brown's band in the 1950s and 1960s, billed as the James Brown Band prior to 1965 and as the James Brown Orchestra from 1965 to 1970. The band is sometimes erroneously known as The Famous Flames, which was a separate vocal group. The successor to the James Brown Orchestra was the J.B.'s)
    • found: Discogs website, August 2, 2015 (J.B.'s, The. James Brown's very own band in the People/Starday King/Polydor days. Lineup changed prominently over time and recording session. But the main force were: Bobby Byrd (Organ, Vocals), St.Clair Pinckney a.k.a 'Pink' (Alto-Saxophone), Fred Wesley (Trombone, Horns), Maceo Parker (Saxophone), Fred Thomas (Bass), John 'Jabo' Starks (Drums). Aliases: Fred Wesley & The JB's. Variations: J B's, The; J. B's; J. B.'s; J.B's; J.B's, The; J.B.'s; J.B.'s Reunion, The; J.B.s, The; JB Band; JB's; JB's The; JB's, The; JBズ; JBs The; JBs, The; Original J.b.s, The) {}
    • found: AllMusic website, August 2, 2015 (The J.B.'s; The J.B.'s were the legendary supporting cast of musicians behind James Brown, earning a well-deserved reputation as the tightest, best-drilled instrumental ensemble in all of funk. The name J.B.'s is most often associated with three hornmen in particular -- saxophonists Maceo Parker and Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, and trombonist Fred Wesley, all of whom originally joined Brown's backing band at various points during the '60s. As a recording entity unto themselves, however, The J.B.'s enjoyed a distinctly defined heyday from 1970-1975, under the musical directorship of Wesley (though Brown, naturally, remained a strong presence). The J.B.'s were billed under a variety of alternate names on their own singles and albums -- Fred Wesley and the J.B.'s, Maceo and the Macks, Fred and the New J.B.'s, the James Brown Soul Train, the Last Word, the First Family, and more. The first official version of The J.B.'s was formed in 1970, after the notoriously demanding Brown's regular band (excepting organist/vocalist Bobby Byrd) walked out on him. By late 1974, however, Brown's commercial momentum was beginning to slow, and that carried over to The J.B.'s as well. The First Family single "Control (People Go Where We Send You)," which featured Brown, Lyn Collins, and other vocalists, failed to perform up to expectations. By the time of 1975's Hustle With Speed album, band morale was low, and Wesley was growing frustrated with Brown's sudden loss of direction. On the Fourth of July, Wesley quit the group to join up with George Clinton, and Maceo Parker soon followed. Bassist Thomas, drummers Starks (who'd joined B.B. King's band) and Morgan, guitarist Martin, and saxophonist Jimmy Parker all drifted away, leaving Jimmy Nolen and Russell Crimes the only consistent members left on the final J.B.'s single, 1976's "Everybody Wanna Get Funky One More Time." Polydor subsequently shut down Brown's People imprint, effectively ending the myriad side projects he'd managed during the first half of the decade. He continued to tour with differing versions of The J.B.'s, including a late-'70s outfit dubbed the J.B.'s International, but for all intents and purposes, the true J.B.'s no longer existed. Bring the Funk on Down Periodic J.B.'s reunions ensued in the years to come; Wesley, Parker, and Alfred Ellis (who actually only played on a couple of J.B.'s sessions) toured Europe with Bobby Byrd in 1988, and cut a reunion album, Pee Wee, Fred and Maceo, the following year. They continued to tour and record together off and on during the '90s under the name the JB Horns. A more extensive J.B.'s reunion took place in 2002 on the album Bring the Funk On Down, which also included Bootsy Collins, Bobby Byrd, and Jabo Starks, among others.) {}
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