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L.A. Boppers

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The L.A. Boppers began as Side Effect’s backup band in Los Angeles, but in the early ‘80’s found limited success on their own.

The L.A. Boppers were originally formed by Augie Johnson. It’s members were: Vance ‘Mad Dog’ Tenort, John ‘Iron Lips’ Ervin, Dave ‘The Groover’ Grover, Stan ‘Be-Bop’ Martin, Bob ‘The Professor’ Greve, Chuck ‘The German’ Brooke, Kevin ‘Shake Your Booty’ Davis, Ed ‘Funky Fingers’ Luna, Ed ‘Funky Thumbs’ Reddick and Robert ‘The Popper’ Griffin.

Originally just known as the Boppers for their first Fantasy outing in 1978 (including ‘Somethings Missing’), they recorded, additionally, for both Mercury and MCA from 1980 until 1982.

1980 saw the release of ‘The L.A. Boppers’, following a band name change, which included the popular ‘Watching Life’.

The album enjoyed the vocal input of Miki Howard.

There followed ‘Bop Time’ in 1981 and ‘Make Mine Bop’ in 1982.

They enjoyed one Top 30 R & B single, “Is This The Best (Bop-Doo-Wah),” in 1980.

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  • Colfire

    Bop Time is one of my favourite albums of all time.

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
  • llehcin

    Underappreciated band who has the goods. Mixing Soul/Be-Bop/Jazz to a funky beat, very innovative.

    21 Feb 2008 Reply

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