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Hamilton Bohannon

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Drummer Hamilton Bohannon (born March 7, 1942) was among the top bandleaders, percussionists, and producers in ’70s /dance music. Bohannon grew up in Newnan, GA, and was drumming in a high school band while an elementary school student. After earning a music degree from Atlanta’s Clark College, he was hired as a drummer by Stevie Wonder and moved to Detroit, where he was a bandleader and arranger for Motown tours until he joined Dakar/Brunswick in 1972. Bohannon perfected his formula of heavy, thudding bass accents and aggressive rhythms while recording for Dakar. He had several songs that were successful club records, but only mild R&B hits, among them “South African Man,” “Foot Stompin’ Music,” “Disco Stomp,” and “Bohannon’s Beat.” He moved to Mercury in the late ’70s and scored a major hit with “Let’s Start the Dance” in 1978, Bohannon’s only Top Ten R&B release. The song featured vocalist Carolyn Crawford. He subsequently produced Crawford’s solo release, “Coming on Strong,” that same year and continued working with her into the ’80s. Bohannon kept recording for Mercury, though barely getting light chart action in 1979 and 1980. He started Phase II Records in 1980 and recorded there until 1984. Bohannon introduced another vocalist, Liz Lands, on a remake of the Originals’ “Baby, I’m for Real,” which was included on the 1980 LP One Step Ahead. He signed with MCA in 1984 and recorded several albums. His 1989 release Here Comes Bohannon featured another fresh female voice, Alltrinna Grayson.

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  • jillian8

    Great!

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • wkreth

    Talking Heads were hip to both Bohannon and Mandrill - (had to be - even before Bernie Worrell joined). The groove on "Cities" "Life During Wartime" and "I Zimbra" - all that funky clavinet and organ that Jerry Harrison played, had to come from somewhere. Add to that their infatuation with Fela, and you've got some ace afro-disco-funk groove influences.

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • discoflake

    love

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sunsamba

    If you like James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone listen to this guy (and band) the best dance music i've heard in years grooves so big you won't believe it

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • mart-the-mod

    Hard disco

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • funkysoulvinyls

    great track!

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
  • OSCARCHOICE-CHI

    2 EXITOS PASE EN LAS DISCOS DE URUGUAY--------------------------------------------------------

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • mediajorge

    here comes bohannon, bohannon... :)

    10 Aug 2008 Reply
  • hedphuq

    groovy disco without the cheese - fantastic : )

    12 Mar 2008 Reply
  • daneno

    wow il vero ritmo disco-funk dei '70

    26 May 2007 Reply
  • guru_mosh

    Uns Hamilton is der Größte! XD

    18 May 2007 Reply

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