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The Gap Band


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Tulsa OK, United States

The Gap Band was a and group, the three-piece being known for hits such as “Outstanding” and “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”.Their first major hit was a snazzy tune called “Shake”. Just prior to the completion of their first major album, bringing them under the wing of Mercury, musician Charlie Wilson ran the song by his brothers Robert and Ronnie, thinking that they might ridicule the lyrics. His brothers loved it though, and the 1979 song ended up being a popular single in numerous clubs, elevating the three of them to national status. As parent album ‘The Gap Band’ rose up to the #10 slot on the top R&B Albums chart, their critical praise proved that they had earned the spotlight.

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Wilson brothers began singing and playing in their father’s Pentecostal church, and it was also mandatory they practice their music lessons at home as well. They learned various instruments, which primarily included lots of playing the piano. As much as they despised the lessons at the time, it proved to be a value tool for all three. With Ronnie being the oldest, he established his own band when he was just a fourteen-year-old.

Charlie, a few years younger, joined a rival band a couple of years later. One particular night, the two bands were performing just across the street from one another.


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