Brass Construction

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Brass Construction
Origin Brooklyn, New York, America
Genres Funk, disco
Years active 1968-1985
Labels Epic Records
Past members Wade Williamston
Sandy Billups
Morris Price
Larry Payton (deceased)
Jesse Ward Jr. (deceased)
Michael "Micky" Grudge
Wayne Parris
Alvin Haskin
Duane Cahill
Joseph Arthur-Wong (deceased)
Randy Muller
Lee Evans

Brass Construction was an American funk group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. They were originally known as Dynamic Soul,[1] and went on to record a string of hit singles and albums through to 1985.[2]

Career[edit]

Signed in 1975 by Sid Maurer, and former United Artists Records promotion man Fred Frank, they scored two US Billboard Hot 100 entries in 1976 - the most successful being "Movin'," which hit #14. They had much more success on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, with nine chart entries, including "Movin'", which reached #1. Singer, pianist, flautist and arranger Randy Muller went on to score a number of R&B hits with Skyy.

Over the years, Brass Construction members have included Wade Williamston (bass), Sandy Billups (percussion), Morris Price (trumpet), Larry Payton (drums), Jesse Ward Jr. (saxophone), Michael "Micky" Grudge (saxophone), Wayne Parris (trumpet), Alvin Haskin (original Trombone player on Movin), Duane Cahill (trombone), Joseph Arthur-Wong (guitar), and Randy Muller (lead vocals),[3] later joined by Lee Evans on keyboards.

Brass Construction reunited for a concert on November 28, 2005 at the Bataclan Arena in Paris, France.[3]

Joseph Arthur-Wong died in 1998. Jesse Ward Jr. died in 2016.

Drummer Larry Payton's died on March 21, 2016.[4][5]

Legacy[edit]

1975's "Changin'" was sampled in 1989 by Gang Starr on "Positivity", and on "Gimme" by Jill Scott (2001). Brass Construction's song "Movin'" was used on "Got Myself Together" by The Bucketheads (1995). ("Movin'" also played in the background on the episode of Good Times during the Evans' farewell party when they received the tragic news about James' passing via telegram.) "Message (Inspiration)" was sampled in 1988 on "I Ain't Tha 1" by N.W.A; while "What's on Your Mind (Expression)" was sampled in 1988 on "Cool V's Tribute to Scratching" by Biz Markie. "Sambo" was sampled in 1998 on "Vision of Paradise" by Bob Sinclar, and "One to One" was sampled in "Ain`t No Stoppin'" by Most Wanted featuring Pras and The Product G&B in 1998. Also, "Get Up to Get Down" was sampled in "Bass" by King Tee (1988) and on "Tanqueray" by DJ Quik (1995).[6] 1977's "Happy People" was sampled in 1997 by Cheek in "Sunshine People".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[7]
US
R&B

[7]
CAN
[8]
UK
[9]
1975 Brass Construction 10 1 55 9 United Artists
1976 Brass Construction II 26 3
1977 Brass Construction III 66 16
1978 Brass Construction IV 174 24
1979 Brass Construction 5 89 18
1980 Brass Construction 6 121 32
1982 Attitudes 114 21 Liberty
1983 Conversations 176 29 Capitol
1984 Renegades 31 94
1985 Conquest
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Golden Classics (1991, Collectables)
  • The Best of Brass Construction: Movin' & Changin' (1993, EMI)
  • Get Up to Get Down: Brass Construction's Funky Feeling (1997, Capitol)
  • Classic Masters (2002, EMI/Capitol)
  • Something for the Weekend: 10 Extended Soul Weekender Classics (2006, Stateside)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[7]
US
R&B

[7]
US
Dan

[7]
BEL
[12]
CAN
[8]
NLD
[13]
NZ
[14]
UK
[15]
1970 "Two Timin' Lady"
1976 "Movin'" 14 1 1 20 47 10 23
"Changin'" 24 3
"Ha Cha Cha (Funktion)" 51 8 14 37
1977 "The Message (Inspirational)" 42
"What's on Your Mind (Expression)" 69
"We" / "Celebrate" 37
1978 "L-O-V-E-U" 104 18
"Celebrate" 77
"Help Yourself" 58
"Get Up" 56
1979 "Right Place" 41 74
1980 "Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing" 39
"I'm Not Gonna Stop"
"How Do You Do (What You Do to Me)" 71
1982 "Can You See the Light" 23 64
"Attitude" 59
1983 "Walkin' the Line" 28 17 47
"We Can Work It Out" 70
1984 "Never Had a Girl" 38
"Partyline" 53 56
"International" 70
1985 "Give and Take" 76 28 62
1988 "Movin' 1988" 50 41 24
"Ha Cha Cha" (re-release) 94
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Band members[edit]

Wade Williamston - Bass

Sandy Billups - Percussion

Morris Price - Trumpet

Larry Payton (1955-2016) - Drums

Jesse Ward Jr. ( -2016) - Saxophone

Michael "Micky" Grudge - Saxophone

Wayne Parris - Trumpet

Alvin Haskin - Trombone

Duane Cahill Trombone

Joseph Arthur-Wong (deceased)- Guitar

Randy Muller - Lead Vocals

Lee Evans - Keyboard

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soulwalking.co.uk – accessed May 2010
  2. ^ "Brass Construction". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  3. ^ a b Brassconstruction.com – accessed May 2010
  4. ^ "R.I.P. Brass Construction's amazing drummer, Larry Payton", SoulTracks.com. Retrieved 31 March 2016
  5. ^ Larry Payton Dies... accessdate July 15, 2018
  6. ^ Whosampled.com – accessed May 2010
  7. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Brass Construction". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  8. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Brass Construction". RPM. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  9. ^ "UK Charts > Brass Construction". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  10. ^ a b c "US Certifications > Brass Construction". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  11. ^ "UK Certified Awards Search > Brass Construction". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2013-02-06. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  12. ^ "BEL Charts > Brass Construction". Top 30. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  13. ^ "NLD Charts > Brass Construction". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  14. ^ "NZ Charts > The Ritchie Family". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  15. ^ "UK Charts > The Ritchie Family". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 

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