Ozone (American band)
Ozone during their tenure at Motown
|Associated acts||The Endeavors
|Past members||Charles A. Glenn Jr.
James S. Stewart Jr.
Ozone was an Funk and R&B group during the late 70s and early 80s, signed to Motown Records.
When the Nashville funk band The Endeavors broke up in 1977, three members, Benny Wallace, Jimmy Stewart and Charles Glenn formed a new group, calling it Ozone. The trio later recruited trumpeter Thomas Bumpass, saxophonist and vocalist William "Billy" White, saxophonist and vocalist Ray Woodward, guitarist Greg Hargrove and drummer Paul Hines. In 1981 guitarist Herman Brown replaced Greg Hargrove
During their first two years, Ozone performed as backup singer alongside Billy Preston and Syreeta, who were with Motown Records at the time. This relationship led to them receiving a deal of their own in 1979. They released their LP, "Walk On" in 1980.It was almost Instrumental Funk. For the next album,Motown appoints Michael Lovesmith for vocal tunes.
Over the next two years, they released 3 full-length albums on Motown: Jump on It (Non-Charting), Lil' Suzy (#45 R&B, #152 Hot 200), and Send It (#61 R&B). Their final album to be released, the LP Glasses, came also out on Motown in 1983, and which was reissued around 2008 on cd by PTG Records in the Netherlands. The song "(Our Hearts) Will Always Shine" from that album had minor success in the UK.
Although Ozone served as backup to Billy Preston and Syreeta, they are most remembered for their work with Teena Marie. They appeared on several tracks on Lady T in 1980. They were also featured on the song "Chains" from her album Irons in the Fire that same year. The majority of her songs horn arrangements were handled by Ozone
Marie returned the favor by composing for and performing with Ozone on several of their albums. She even appeared on 4 of the 8 tracks on "Send It" in 1981.
Even though their biggest hits "Strutt My Thang" and "Gigolette" only peaked at #73 and 55 on the R&B charts respectively, and no other singles charted, Ozone has made its way onto several funk compilation albums.
- Walk On (Motown, 1980)
- Jump On It (Motown, 1981)
- Send It (Motown, 1981)
- Lil' Suzy (Motown, 1982)
- Glasses (Motown, 1983)