The Fabulous Counts

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The Fabulous Counts were an American soul/funk group from Detroit, Michigan. They won local acclaim as an instrumental group and as a backing ensemble for visiting solo acts after their formation in 1968. Working with producer Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, they released the instrumental single "Jan, Jan" on Detroit's Moira Records that year, which narrowly missed hitting the US R&B charts that winter.[1] Their second single, "Dirty Red", passed without trace, but the third single, "Get Down People", hit #32 R&B and #88 on the US pop charts.[2] A full-length, Jan, Jan (produced by Ollie McLaughlin), was released in 1969 on Cotillion Records, but the group left the label in 1970.

Signing with Westbound Records that year, the group changed their name simply to The Counts. Shortchanged by Westbound Records in favor of The Ohio Players and Funkadelic, many of the band's original members of the group left, and the band moved to Atlanta, Georgia, signing with Aware Records, where they released their final LP's "Love Sign" and "Funk Pump" before the group called it quits in 1976. All three of the funk albums they released under their new name charted. [3] Just before reuniting in 2009, Mose Davis played jazz piano around Atlanta with the Mose Davis Trio, Leroy Emmanuel played in a Canadian funk band called the LMT Connection and Demo Cates operated out of Canada as well as appeared as an actor in TV and movies. In 2009, they reunited back in the line up from 1976: Mose Davis (hammond organ,vocals), Leroy Emmanuel (guitar, vocals), Demo Cates (saxes,vocals), Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson (drums,vocals) and Jimmy Brown (saxes,voc).

The band's Cotillion LP has been reissued, and the first Westbound LP is also in print as a CD.

Members[edit]

The Fabulous Counts
  • Mose Davis - keyboards
  • Leroy Emanuel - guitar
  • Demo Cates - alto saxophone
  • Jim White - tenor saxophone
  • Raoul Keith Mangrum - drums
The Counts
  • Mose Davis - keyboards, vocals
  • Leroy Emanuel - guitar, vocals
  • Demo Cates - alto saxophone, vocals
  • Jimmy Jackson - drums, vocals
  • Jimmy Brown - saxophone, vocals

Discography[edit]

The Fabulous Counts

Rhythm Changes (Westbound Records, 1971)

The Counts
  • What's Up Front That Counts (Westbound Records, 1971) US #193, US Black Albums #35[4]
  • Love Signs (Aware Records, 1973) US Black Albums #45[4]
  • Funk Pump (Aware Records, 1975) US Black Albums #58[4]
  • Golden Classics (Collectables, 1993)
  • It's What's In The Groove (Southbound Records, 1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Fabulous Counts, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com
  3. ^ The Counts, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ a b c Billboard, Allmusic.com