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  B.B.Q. Band
 

 

 

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On the Beat

  

 
This New York ensemble (the initials stood for Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens) is best known for "On The Beat," one of the biggest dance hits of 1981-1982.  If the song is eerily reminiscent of songs by Change, it should be noted by that group was produced by Jacques Petrus, who was also the force behind Change.

Musically, the B.B.Q. Band was led by bassist Paris Ford, who had previously been featured on the underground funk classic "Seven Minutes of Funk" by Tyrone Williams and the Whole Darn Family. Another prominent member was Kevin Nance, the keyboardist from Machine.   The original lineup was filled out by Dwayne Perdue (drums), Lucious Floyd (vocals), and Abdul Walli Mohammed (guitar).  "On the Beat" was their first and biggest single, reaching #8 on the charts.  After a self-titled LP was issued in 1981, there was a series of personnel changes, with Ford signing to the Streetwise label.   The band released two more albums before disbanding in the late 80s.

B.B.Q.'s Deepest Grooves

B.B.Q. Band (Capitol, 1981)

All Night Long (Capitol, 1982) 

Genie (Elektra, mid 1980s)

You can visit Paris Ford's site at www.parisfordmusic.com.

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