The Winstons in 1969
|Origin||Washington, D.C., United States|
The Winstons were an American 1960s funk and soul music group, based in Washington, D.C., United States. They are known for their 1969 recording of an EP featuring a song entitled "Color Him Father" on the A-side, and "Amen, Brother" on the B-side. Half-way into "Amen, Brother", there is a drum solo (performed by G.C. Coleman) which would cause The Winston's EP to become one of the most widely-sampled records in the history of electronic music. Sampled audio clips of the drum solo became known as the Amen Break, which has been used in thousands of tracks in a large number of musical genres, including drum and bass, hip hop, jungle, big beat, industrial and electronica.
The "Color Him Father" record sold over one million copies, and received a gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on 24 July 1969. It also won a Grammy Award for the Best Rhythm and Blues Song (1969).
The Winstons line-up included:
- Richard Lewis Spencer (tenor saxophone, lead vocals)
- Ray Maritano (alto saxophone, backing vocals)
- Quincy Mattison (guitar, backing vocals)
- Phil Tolotta (organ, co-lead vocals)
- Sonny Pekerol, J.Lee Zane (bass guitar, backing vocals)
- Gregory C. Coleman (drums, backing vocals)
- "Color Him Father" — (1969, Billboard Hot 100 # 7)
- "Amen, Brother" — (1969)
- "Love of The Common People" — (1969, Billboard Hot 100 # 54)
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