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Influenced by the Bar-Kays and the Ohio Players, Nytro was an obscure funk/soul band that worked with producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield in the late ’70s. Whitfield, who scored major hits for everyone from Edwin Starr to Rose Royce, was known for having the “Midas-touch.” But he didn’t have much commercial success with the horn-powered Nytro, which recorded two albums for his Whitfield label: 1977’s “Nytro” and 1979’s “Return to Nytropolis.”

Neither of these LPs (which ranged from gritty funk to jazz-influenced quiet storm material) sold and in 1980, Nytro broke up. Nytro’s lineup included lead singer Robert Justice, trumpeters Kenneth Scott and LaMorris Payne, saxophonist Chris Powell, guitarist Earnest Reed Jr., bassist Theodore Willingham, keyboardist Benjamin Wilber, and drummer Daniel Smithson. The group members also regularly worked as session musicians on other Whitfield Records releases.

There is also a hard rock band from St. Louis names Nytro that released the CD “Some Things Never Change”

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