The Winstons

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The Winstons
The Winstons in 1969
The Winstons in 1969
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., United States
GenresFunk, soul
Past members

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. Halfway into "Amen, Brother", there is a drum solo (performed by G.C. Coleman) which would cause the EP to become the most widely sampled record in the history of electronic music.[1] Sampled audio clips of the drum solo became known as the Amen break, which has been used in thousands of tracks in many musical genres, including drum and bass, hip hop,[2] jungle, big beat and industrial.[3]

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).[4]


The Winstons line-up included:[4]

The Winstons toured as backup for the Impressions.[4]

Notable songs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Six seconds that shaped 1,500 songs", by Ellen Otzen, BBC News Magazine, 29 March 2015
  2. ^ Nottingham, Kevin (16 March 2009). "Top 10 Most Sampled Songs in Hip Hop". Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Video explains the world's most important 6-sec drum loop". YouTube. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 270. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.

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