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Background information
Also known asThe Jam Band
The Universal Robot Band
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresFunk, disco, post-disco
Years active1972 (1972)–1985 (1985)
LabelsAtlantic Records
Past membersRichard Lee
Norman Durham (deceased)
Paul Crutchfield
Woody Cunningham (deceased)

Kleeer was an American New York City–based funk, disco and post-disco band, which was formed in 1972 under the name The Jam Band, as a backup group to different disco bands and vocalists.[1]


  • Woodrow "Woody" Cunningham (lead vocalist and drummer, died 2010)[1]
  • Paul Crutchfield (percussionist and keyboardist)
  • Richard Lee (guitarist)
  • Norman Durham (bassist, died 2011)[1]


After a switch to the name Pipeline in 1975, the group also decided to switch to making hard rock instead of disco. Record labels competed to sign them but, when they finally ended up at Columbia Records, their single "Gypsie Rider" did not fare well commercially.

In 1976, they got the opportunity to become The Universal Robot Band along with underground disco producers Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael. This project was more successful than their former projects. They made the single "Barely Breaking Even" alongside singer Leroy Burgess, and they also recorded an album. The group toured as The Universal Robot Band until 1978. After 1978, the band decided to make all their music themselves under the new name of Kleeer.[1]

Between 1979 and 1985 the group released seven albums and had several hits in the US Billboard Hot 100 and in R&B charts. The most mentionable are "Keep Your Body Workin'", "Tonight's the Night", "Winners", "Intimate Connection", and "Get Tough". The sound was now more focused on 1980s style funk, and electronic instruments, like vocoders and synthesizers.[2]

The System lead singer Mic Murphy was a road manager for the band before the start of his record career.[3]

After the 1985's album Seeekret, the band disappeared for unknown reasons. Most of the musicians continued working with other projects. In the 1990s, however, the group re-formed as Kleeer at some occasions.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
1979 I Love to Dance 53
Winners 140 24
1981 License to Dream 81 13
1982 Get Ready
Taste the Music 139 31
1984 Intimate Connection 49
1985 Seeekret 96
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1979 "Tonight's the Night (Good Time)" 33 I Love to Dance
"Keeep Your Body Workin'" 101 60 54 51
1980 "Winners" 23 37 Winners
"Open Your Mind" 86
1981 "Running Back to You" 69 License to Dream
"Get Tough" 15 5 49
"License to Dream"
"De Kleeer Ting"
1982 "Taste the Music" 55 31 Taste the Music
"De Ting Continues" 74
1983 "She Said She Loves Me" 84 Get Ready
1984 "Intimate Connection" 48 Intimate Connection
"Next Time It's for Real" 79
1985 "Take Your Heart Away" 62 86 Seeekret
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b c d "Soul Walking Page". Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  3. ^ Andersson, Patrik. "An interview with Mic Murphy". Jacquespetrus.com. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Kleeer - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "KLEEER - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "Kleeer Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved September 24, 2020.

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