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Zapp (Band)-Biography

Zapp (Band)

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Zapp is a soul/funk band form Ohio, established in the late 70’s. The band consists of  The Troutman Brothers: Roger, Larry, Terry, and Lester as well as Gregory Jackson. The band’s distinct sound was the use of an instrument called the Talk Box. This instrument at the time wasn’t used as a lead instrument, but this band embraced it. This being played over a happy upbeat dance style of Funk is the original sound of Zapp. Some of the more influential songs from this band are “More Bounce To The Ounce” and “Dance Floor.” The groups success was due to Roger and his Talk Box which gives off and creates a more happy atmosphere. Larry and Roger were the head of the group. Larry was the road manager and the leader of the group in terms of all major decisions and connections. Roger dealt with the production and lead singing.

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Zapp – I Can Make You Dance

Before the group hit the scene, they were doing talent shows as children and performing Blues, Rock, and Soul Music at dances and things of the sort. At this time, their group was called “Lil Roger and His Fabulous Vels”. Later on after they grew older and started doing bigger things as a career and getting noticed, the group was called “Roger and The Human Body.” Terry played the bass, Larry played the congos and took care of the management of the group.  The group’s current name comes from Terry’s childhood nickname which was “Zapp”.

Coming from an influential area for the genre of Funk (Ohio), this band had plenty of artists to look up to and idolize. Artist consist of Bootsy Collins, The Ohio Players, Lakeside, and Slave. Bootsy Collins and James Brown actually recorded in the state in a city called Cincinatti. The group caught the eye of Bootsy Collins, and he invited them to record with him and George Clinton in Detroit, and this is how they made their appearance on a national level. They got the band to sign a deal with a record label called Warner Bros.

About Cameron

A 90's baby with an old soul. A full time student, (Psychology) & (Public Relations) from the Bay Area, California. Played basketball and drums all my life, amateur guitarist. Big fan of Old-School Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk & Soul music. I guess you can say I was born a few decades late.

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