Emerging from Scotland with nary a bagpipe in sight and all original members showing off a notably pale complexion, the impishly dubbed Average White Band nevertheless managed to play a highly credible brand of soul and funk. Not only did the AWB wind up on the charts, it crossed over to black audiences, helped pave the way for the disco era, and in later years was heavily sampled by an entirely new generation. The majority of hits came early on, particularly from 1974's AWB, produced by Arif Mardin, rising to number one on the strength of such nuggets as the funky instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces." Drummer Robbie McIntosh died not long after from a drug overdose. The band split for a time during the 1980s, but reunited with original members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre, and now includes Americans Rocky Bryant (drums), Klyde Jones (keyboards, vocals, guitar, bass), and Fred Vigdor (saxophones). Times Squared, a live album recorded last March in New York, shows that most of AWB's sound is intact, and the band is still cranking out tight, faithful versions of the hits and more.
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