Graham Central Station
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|Graham Central Station|
|Origin||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Genres||R&B, funk, soul|
|Years active||1973–1979, 1998–present|
|Labels||Warner Bros., WEA, Star Maker, P-Vine, Rhino|
|Associated acts||Sly & the Family Stone|
|Past members||Larry Graham
Graham Central Station is a funk band named after founder Larry Graham (formerly of Sly & the Family Stone). The name is a pun on New York City's Grand Central Terminal, often colloquially called Grand Central Station.
The band's origins date from when Santana guitarist Neal Schon formed the band Azteca along with Larry Graham (bass guitar) and Gregg Errico (drums), both from Sly & the Family Stone, and Pete Sears (keyboards), from Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Santana bass guitar player Tom Rutley would move into the bass spot with Azteca. That band, like Santana with heavy Latin influences, would eventually morph into Graham Central Station, while Schon would form Journey. The invention of electric slap bass is attributed by many (including Victor Wooten and Bootsy Collins) to Graham, which influenced many musical genres, such as funk, R&B and disco.
Graham Central Station's biggest hit was "Your Love", which charted at number 9 in 1975. The group also integrated gospel music into their repertoire, and played with the dichotomy between the funk/rock star image and the "sanctified" gospel group image. Some of their recordings feature the Tower of Power horn section.
- Larry Graham – Vocals, bass, guitar, clavinet, organ, piano, drums, percussion
- Patryce Banks – vocals, electric funk box, tambourine
- Hershall Kennedy – vocals, clavinet, trumpet
- Robert "Butch" Sam – vocals, piano, organ
- David Vega – vocals, guitar
- Willie Sparks – vocals, drums
- P. CaboOse – tenor saxophone
- Milt Holland – percussion
- Lenny Williams – vocals
- Freddie Stone – guitar
Manuel Kellough - drums
- Noel T. Closson – drums
- Gaylord Birch – drums
- Tina Graham – vocals, electric funk box
- Gail Muldrow – vocals, guitar, electric funk box
- Gemi Taylor – guitar
- George Johnson – vocals, guitar
- Jerry Martini – saxophone
- Dennis Marcellino – saxophone
- Rose Stone – vocals, organ, electric funk box
- Cynthia Robinson – trumpet
- Wilton Rabb – guitar
- Brian Braziel - drums
- Ashling Cole - vocals, electric funk box
- David Council-vocals, keyboards
- Jimi McKinney Jr. - vocals, keyboards
Studio albums 
- 1973 – Graham Central Station, Warner Bros.
- 1974 – Release Yourself, Warner Bros.
- 1975 – Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It, Warner Bros.
- 1976 – Mirror, Warner Bros.
- 1977 – Now Do U Wanta Dance, Warner Bros.
- 1978 – My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me, WEA
- 1979 – Star Walk, Warner Bros.
- 1997 – By Popular Demand, P-Vine (Japan Only)
- 1998 – GCS 2000, NPG – produced with Prince
- 2012 – Raise Up, Moosicus Records
Live albums 
- 1992 – Live in Japan '92', Star Maker – manufactured by PIA Corporation & Edoya Records Inc. (Tokyo, Japan)
- 1996 – Live in London, Funk24 (London, England)
- 2003 – Can You Handle This? – Kezar Stadium – 1975, Big Fro Discs (Japan)
Compilation albums 
- 1996 – The Best of Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Vol. 1, Warner Bros.
- 2001 – The Jam: The Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Anthology, Rhino
- 2003 – Greatest Hits, Rhino Flashback