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Playlist of The Blackbyrds

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  • The Blackbyrds - Dreaming About You

    5:49

    LP: Action (1977, Fantasy)

    Arranged By, Conductor - Wade Marcus
    Bass - David Shields
    Concertmaster, Strings - Charles Veal, Jr.
    Congas - Eddie Bongo Brown
    Drums, Percussion - Ollie Brown
    Engineer - Mike Reese
    Engineer [Assistant] - Serge Reyes
    Guitar - Ray Parker Jr.
    Producer, Trumpet - Donald Byrd
    Recorded By, Engineer [Remix] - Jim Nipar
    Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano] - Ernie Watts

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  • The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park

    6:44

    Rock Creek Park from the City Life album released in 1975. The song has been sampled numerous times by groups such as De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, NWA, Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and Wiz Khalifa.

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  • Love So Fine

    5:02

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Love So Fine · The Blackbyrds

    City Life

    ℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1999-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Composer Lyricist: Joe Hall

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  • Happy Music

    4:57

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Happy Music · The Blackbyrds

    City Life

    ℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1999-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Composer Lyricist: Donald Byrd

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  • The Blackbyrds_The Blackbyrds 1974

    36:21

    00:00 01-Do It, Fluid
    05:24 02-Gut Level
    09:32 03-Reggins
    13:35 04-The Runaway
    17:47 05-Funky Junkie
    24:46 06-Summer Love
    29:53 07-Life Styles
    33:03 08-A Hot Day Today

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    The Blackbyrds

    Profile:
    The Blackbyrds were a jazz-funk group with thick R&B streaks running down their backs. Assembled by Donald Byrd in 1974, the group's original members -- percussionist Pericles Perk Jacobs, Jr., drummer Keith Killgo, keyboardist Kevin Toney, reeds player Allan Barnes, bassist Joe Hall, guitarist Barney Perry -- were mined from Howard University's music department, where the doctor and jazz legend was an instructor. (Other key players included guitarist Orville Saunders and saxophonist/flautist Steve Johnson.) During The Blackbyrds' nearly decade-long existence, the group cut a handful of LPs (1973's The Blackbyrds, 1974's Flying Start, 1975's City Life, 1976's Unfinished Business, 1977's Action, 1980's Better Days); scored films (1975's Cornbread, Earl and Me); and supported artists like B.B. King, Mandrill, and Roberta Flack. Walking in Rhythm, Rock Creek Park, and Happy Music are their three best-known cuts; they have remained underground club classics, and they have been kept alive, in part, through sampling. The group's catalog has been overhauled and reissued a number of times; multiple best-ofs have been released (Fantasy's Greatest Hits is the strongest and most thorough), and most of the group's full-length output has been put out on CD through two-fers. As far as outside activities were considered, Barney Perry released a solo album under the name Blair in 1978 (through his own Solar Sound imprint). The remaining members' involvements are far too extensive to list.
    (Source: allmusic.com, by Andy Kellman)

  • The Blackbyrds - Walking In Rhythm .mp4

    4:10

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  • Dreaming About You

    5:53

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    Dreaming About You · The Blackbyrds

    Action

    ℗ 1994 Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1994-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Producer, Recording Producer: Donald Byrd
    Composer: Isaac Hayes

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  • The Blackbyrds ~ Walking In Rhythm

    4:16

    The Blackbyrds biggest hit song was top ten in four Billboard formats. #1 Pop, Top 5 Contemporary Jazz, top #5 R&B and Top #10 Easy Listening.

  • The Blackbyrds - Soft and Easy

    4:27

    from Action (1977)

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  • Mysterious Vibes

    4:51

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    Mysterious Vibes · The Blackbyrds

    Action

    ℗ 1977 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1994-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Composer: Keith Killgo

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  • The Blackbyrds - Happy Music

    5:06

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  • Do It, Fluid

    5:27

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    Do It, Fluid · The Blackbyrds

    The Blackbyrds

    ℗ 1974 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1996-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Producer: Laurence Mizell
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Barney Perry
    Associated Performer, Drums: Keith Killgo
    Associated Performer, Percussion: Perk Jacobs
    Associated Performer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Melodica: Kevin Toney
    Associated Performer, Electric Bass: Joe Hall
    Associated Performer, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone: Allan Barnes
    Associated Performer, Vocals: The Blackbyrds
    Composer Lyricist: Donald Byrd

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  • The Blackbyrds - Mysterious Vibes

    4:50

    from Action (1977)

  • Flying High

    3:32

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    Flying High · The Blackbyrds

    City Life

    ℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1999-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Composer Lyricist: Keith Killgo

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  • Blackbyrds Walking in rhythm TV Studio 1975

    2:42

  • The Blackbyrds - Unfinished Business - 1976

    5:52

  • The Blackbyrds - Time Is Movin

    4:41

    Lp : The Blackbyrds - Unfinished Business (1976) Label : Fantasy

  • Blackbyrds Theme

    4:05

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    Blackbyrds' Theme · The Blackbyrds

    The Blackbyrds

    ℗ 1974 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1996-01-01

    Composer Lyricist: Joe Hall
    Composer Lyricist: Allan Barnes
    Composer Lyricist: Kevin Toney

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  • Hash And Eggs

    5:09

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Hash And Eggs · The Blackbyrds

    City Life

    ℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1999-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Composer Lyricist: Larry Mizell
    Composer Lyricist: Fonce Mizell

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  • The Blackbyrds Live at Ronnie Scotts - 18th to 23rd June 2018

    6:31

    Legendary jazz-funk and R&B band The Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 in Washington D.C. as the protegees of legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd. Assembled from students at the Howard University’s music department where the jazz legend was an instructor they struck musical gold with their eponymous debut in 1973, The Blackbyrds, which featured the stone cold rare groove classic ‘Do It Fluid’. Further hits followed with the proto-disco hits ‘Walking in Rhythm’ and ‘Rock Creek Park’ taken from their albums Flying Start and City Life respectively. More recently the band released an album of new material in 2012, Gotta Fly, but expect these very special shows to be dominated by their extensive catalogue of classic cuts, underground hits, rare groove anthems and their unique synthesis.

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  • The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park

    9:18

  • Blackbyrds - Love Dont Strike Twice.wmv

    3:45

    Excellent 2 stepper from the 80's. This choon has been covered in reggae but can't remember who did it,

  • April Showers

    3:50

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    April Showers · Blackbyrds

    The Blackbyrds

    ℗ 2006 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1996-01-01

    Composer: Allan Barnes

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  • The Blackbyrds Dreaming About You

    5:49

    Essence of Jazz bringing you Jazz Vybe's & Urban Soul Classics. Progressive Jazz coming from The Blackbyrds from their Action release.

  • The Blackbyrds Walking In Rhythm

    5:02

    Allan Barnes and the blackbyrd revue perform at the jazz cafe in Detroit Michigan

  • The Blackbyrds - City Life

    5:25

    LYRICS -
    City in the city in the city in the city life
    City life is just unreal
    People there have hearts of steel
    City life like a roulette wheel
    Hustlin, gamblin to make a deal

    City in the city in the city in the city life
    Just ain't safe to walk the streets
    Scared about the people I meet(?)
    We like to go to the neighborhood park
    But better not go out after dark

  • The Blackbyrds - Supernatural Feeling

    6:35

    From the album Night Grooves released in 1978.

    Orville Saunders(Guitar), Joe Hall(Bass), Keith Killgo(Drums), Kevin Toney(Keyboards), Stephen Johnson(Saxophone)

  • The Blackbyrds - Supernatural Feeling

    3:54

    from Action (1977)

  • Love Is Love

    4:46

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Love Is Love · Blackbyrds

    The Blackbyrds

    ℗ 2006 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1996-01-01

    Composer: Keith Killgo

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  • All I Ask

    3:54

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    All I Ask · The Blackbyrds

    City Life

    ℗ 1975 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 1999-01-01

    Producer: Donald Byrd
    Composer Lyricist: Kevin Toney

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  • The Blackbyrds - Gut Level

    4:11

    From the album Night Grooves released in 1978.

    Orville Saunders(Guitar), Joe Hall(Bass), Keith Killgo(Drums), Kevin Toney(Keyboards), Stephen Johnson(Saxophone)

  • LESSON - Walking In Rhythm by The Blackbyrds

    6:09

    A fun song to play and sing. Didn't hold up like the rest of them do for me but I still like it.

  • The Blackbyrds Hash and Eggs

    5:12

    Off their 1975 LP City Life this cut really showcased the signature Fonze and Larry Mizell arranging that gave the Blackbyrds the sound that was so deft.

  • The Blackbyrds - The Runaway

    4:12

    from The Blackbyrds [Fantasy, 1974]

  • The Blackbyrds - Candy Store Dilemma

    1:37

    Biography by Andy Kellman: The Blackbyrds were a jazz-funk group with thick R&B streaks running down their backs. Assembled by Donald Byrd in 1974, the group's original members -- percussionist Pericles Perk Jacobs, Jr., drummer Keith Killgo, keyboardist Kevin Toney, reeds player Allan Barnes, bassist Joe Hall, guitarist Barney Perry -- were mined from Howard University's music department, where the doctor and jazz legend was an instructor. (Other key players included guitarist Orville Saunders and saxophonist/flautist Steve Johnson.) During the Blackbyrds' nearly decade-long existence, the group cut a handful of LPs (1973's The Blackbyrds, 1974's Flying Start, 1975's City Life, 1976's Unfinished Business, 1977's Action, 1980's Better Days); scored films (1975's Cornbread, Earl and Me); and supported artists like B.B. King, Mandrill, and Roberta Flack. Walking in Rhythm, Rock Creek Park, and Happy Music are their three best-known cuts; they have remained underground club classics, and they have been kept alive, in part, through sampling. The group's catalog has been overhauled and reissued a number of times; multiple best-ofs have been released (Fantasy's Greatest Hits is the strongest and most thorough), and most of the group's full-length output has been put out on CD through two-fers. As far as outside activities were considered, Barney Perry released a solo album under the name Blair in 1978 (through his own Solar Sound imprint). The remaining members' involvements are far too extensive to list.

  • A Heavy Town

    3:02

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    A Heavy Town · Blackbyrds

    Lovebyrds (Smooth And Easy)

    ℗ 2006 Fantasy, Inc.

    Released on: 2006-01-01

    Composer: Donald Byrd

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The Blackbyrds - Wilfords Gone HQ

    2:22

    Album: Cornbread, Earl And Me (1975)

  • The Blackbyrds Mysterious Vibes

    1:08

  • The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park - Guitar Play Along

    6:31

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  • THE BLACKBYRDS - Dominoes @ New Morning 3 octobre 2012

    7:10

    La cerise avant le gâteau pour le public du New Morning qui ne s'attendait pas, dès le début du concert, à l'hommage des Blackbyrds à leur mentor Donald Byrd à travers cet hymne jazz-funk que l'on retrouve sur l'album culte du trompettiste, Places and Spaces en 1975.
    Après Banda Black Rio la semaine précédente le New Morning s'est de nouveau enflammé...


    Lyrics :
    A-pretty baby dry your eyes don't you know it can't be that bad
    Oh, how it hurts me pretty baby when I see you sittin' there so sad
    No need to worry 'bout tomorrow, and yesterday is gone
    So raise your chin up girl, and we can work our problems out one by one

    Chorus:
    Hold me tight (Hold me tight)
    Don't let go
    Turn me loose
    Never no, no, no
    We'll stand our problems all in a row
    Watch them fall, like dominoes
    Fallin' like dominoes

    A-pretty baby dry your eyes don't you know it can't be that bad
    Oh, how it hurts me pretty baby when I see you sittin' there so sad
    One day you're gonna(?)hear me say, that everything's alright
    So let's not worry 'bout tomorrow while we got each other here tonight

    Repeat Chorus

  • The Blackbyrds - Dancin Dancin

    3:31

    FUNKY ...Produced By George Duke

  • The Blackbyrds Future Children Future Hopes

    4:48

    Off 1974 second album Flying Start from these Howard U musical mavens, this cut got big time college radio play. This cut feat. keyboardist Kevin Toney's wizardry.

  • Blackbyrds-A Hot Day Today HD

    3:19

  • Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds- Rock Creek Park

    4:43

    RIP to the great Donald Byrd- December 9, 1932 -- February 4, 2013

    If you saw my video for Fallin Like Dominoes, heres another good song.

  • The Blackbyrds Love is Love

    4:46

  • TRUTH IN RHYTHM - Keith Killgo , Part 2 of 2

    37:03

    Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

    Featured in TIR Episode 99 (Part 2 of 2): Drummer Keith Killgo of the sensational funk-jazz group The Blackbyrds, which was founded in the early 1970s by renowned trumpeter, and at the time Chairman of Howard University’s Department of Jazz Studies, Donald Byrd. The Blackbyrds seven albums from 1974-1980 (plus a comeback album in 2012) and notched 10 top 40 R&B. Those were “Do It, Fluid,” “Walking in Rhythm, “Happy Music,” “Rock Creek Park,” “City Life,” “Flying High,” “Time Is Movin’,” “Soft and Easy,” “Supernatural Feeling” and “Unfinished Business.” “Walking in Rhythm” and “Happy Music” were also Top 20 Pop hits. Three of their albums reached the Top 35 of Billboard’s album chart, and they placed five albums in the Top 15 of the R&B albums chart -- four of those Top 10.

    The Blackbyrds only recorded one album after 1977, and it came and went without much fanfare. In 1999, Killgo and several some other original members reunited to begin performing again and that eventually led to a comeback album in 2012. Since their heyday, the band’s influence has grown as many of their beats were sampled and nicked by the hip hop community and their popularity helped fuel the U.K’s acid jazz and jazz-funk movements. Today, they continue to hit the stage both domestically and abroad.

    Here, Killgo discusses his musical upbringing; his college years and formation of The Blackbyrds; the band’s albums and tracks that have gone from hits; why the group disbanded; the many sides of mentor Donald Byrd; his current position as a music educator; the qualities that make for a great musician; bringing the group back together; and current and upcoming projects.

    RECORDED MAY 2019

    Get your copy of Everything Is on the One: The First Guide of Funk today!

    TRUTH IN RHYTHM is also available in audio podcast format from iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and other leading providers.

  • HAPPY MUSIC - The Blackbyrds

    5:03

    Peaked in the U.S. in May 1976

  • The Blackbyrds - Dreaming About You

    5:50

    The Blackbyrds is an American blues and jazz-funk fusion group, who released their sixth album Action in 1977 with Fantasy Records.

    No copyright infringement intended.
    All rights reserved to the relative owners.
    I do not own the copyrights of the song, nor the lyrics.

  • Soft & Easy-The Blackbyrds

    4:23

    Like a COOL summer night's BREEZE......

  • The Blackbyrds - Walking in Rhythm

    4:10

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