Is that the Same Band I Knew and Loved?

Howard Scoot, Lee Oskar, Harold Brown & Snoop Dogg

Is that the Same Band I Knew and Loved?

The film Straight Outta Compton opens with a screen shot of Galaxy, a vinyl album by the ‘70s funk band ***. Thus is the stage set for this story of the new generation of hip hop and gangsta rap artists and the success of N.W.A. as chronicled in this hard-hitting successful film.

Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg were just learning to walk the streets of Compton when the music of a band also formed in southern California and popular in Compton, whose members included Howard Scott, BB Dickerson, Harold Brown, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Papa Dee Allen, and Lee Oskar—saturated popular radio playlists with hits like “Low Rider,” “Slipping Into Darkness,” “Cisco Kid,” “Spill the Wine,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “All Day Music,“ and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” These classic hits served as an early influence for the seminal rhymers and rappers who would become known as N.W.A. Read more…

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Los Angeles Times: Still riding after all these years!

Still Riding After All These Years!

(Excerpt from Los Angeles Times)

You may not be familiar with the Lowrider Band, but when they hit the Starlight Bowl bandstand on Saturday, you’ll know their music. The group’s core — guitarist Howard Scott, bassist BB Dickerson, drummer Harold Brown and harmonica shaman Lee Oskar — were all, respectively, the songwriters, lead vocalists and founding members of triple-platinum selling 1970s funk paragons ***, a band whose singular, smoldering jams have yet to be equaled.

Having lost all rights to the band name in a 1997 lawsuit (when a judge swallowed manager Jerry Goldstein’s lawyers’ insulting assertion that “It’s like the Glenn Miller band — it doesn’t matter who the musicians are”), these men refuse to squander what is inarguably one of the richest legacies in American pop music history. Despite the fact that they live in different states, the Lowrider Band will not be denied.

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Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: “Houston Has a Special Soul”

Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: "Houston Has a Special Soul"

(Excerpt from Houston Press)

Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial ’70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” “The Cisco Kid,” “All Day Music,” and — of course — “Low Rider.”

This summer, Miller presents another multi-racial ’70s band who will perform all those same hits. But with a different name, though this group has four times as many members who actually played on those records.

Confused? Welcome to the 2014 strange saga of two groups: *** and the Lowrider Band.

“You can take away our name, but you can’t take away our music!” says Lowrider drummer Harold Brown, who was…also the drummer for ***, invoking the title of one of their earliest songs.

In a nutshell, after they split with English singer and ex-Animal Eric Burdon, *** went on to a hugely successful career of their own.

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An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise

Eric Burdon & Harold Brown

An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise

by Charlie Bermant

Aside from his time onstage, the music cruise experience didn’t appear to be Eric Burdon’s thing. He ignored expectations on the recent Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise by not mixing with the passengers or participating in any musical collaborations — including an especially obvious one with the Lowrider Band, members of which backed Burdon under the name *** on hits like “Spill the Wine.”

Burdon served as a headliner for the 23rd semi-annual Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, held from Oct. 4-10, 2014, along the Mexican Riviera. Since its founding in 2002, the Blues Cruise has boasted the most unfettered connections between the performers and participants — even as choices have grown exponentially for affluent music fans. Of course, the fragile egosystem under which performers have operated for years can thwart this effort.​ Read More…

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TMZ: Founding Members TO DEACON JONES: THANKS FOR MAKING US FAMOUS!

Founding Members TO DEACON JONES: THANKS FOR MAKING US FAMOUS!

(Excerpt from TMZ)

Deacon Jones wasn’t just a QB killa … he’s also responsible for bringing *** to the world … this according to two of the legendary band’s founding members. 

Back before *** took over the music scene, some of the guys performed in a band called Nightshift … which played backup for Deacon during his singing gigs. (Deacon was a hell of an R&B singer).

In fact, Nightshift was reportedly “discovered” by a major record producer while backing up Deacon during a gig in 1969 … and they soon became ***.

Also, Deacon famously sang on the studio recording of “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

Now, two of the original members of *** — Harold Brown and Howard Scott — tell TMZ they’re eternally grateful for everything Deacon did for their careers.

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