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The Counts

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1.) The Counts were a soul and funk group from the 70’s. Offering both vocal and instrumental tracks, the group could lay down loping, jazzy instrumental grooves heavy on the sax and organ. In a heartbeat, they could switch gears into spacy novelties like “Flies Over Watermelon!” and “The Munchies.” In between there were some sweet soul ballads, and even a sop to the mainstream with a cover of Carole King’s “Jazzman.”

Originally a Detroit-based sextet, the Counts’ first LP was an instrumental outing on Cotillion, with noted Michigan producer Ollie McLaughlin taking the co-writing credits on all of the songs. A few years later, the group moved to Atlanta, paring down to a quartet by the time they recorded the Love Sign album for the Aware label in 1973. An expanded lineup recorded the Funk Pump album for the same company in 1975; the two Aware albums formed the basis for CD reissues of the Counts’ work in the mid-’90s, when their brand of soul-funk-jazz was becoming hip again.

2.) The Counts is a R&B doo-wop band that started in 1953 and is still performing today. Band members include lead singer Chester Brown, James Lee, Robert Penick, Robert Wesley, and Robert Young. The Counts are also known as The Original Counts for the fact they have not replaced any members in their history. Originally a group of five, The Counts still performed as a group of four after the passing of Robert Young in 2001.

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