Dyke & the blazers* dyke and the blazers - so sharp / don't bug me


The Blazers were borne out of an unfortunate incident. Arlester “Dyke” Christian (born on June 13, 1943) who originated from Brooklyn, New York, played bass for Carl LaRue and his Crew. In 1964, band came to Phoenix, Arizona as a invitation to provide backup music for the O’Jays. But by the following year, when the O’Jays couldn’t afford to give them the means to bring LaRue back to New York, half of LaRue went back to their hometown, while the other half (including Christian) remained stranded in Phoenix. And so they stayed there, and Christian and his group formed a band together with the Phoenix’s local musicians and called themselves the Blazers. Taking their riffs from their James Brown and Brown and the JB’s, in 1967 they eventually came up with a track called “Funky Broadway,” echoing Christian’s memories of his hometown in Buffalo, New York.

In summer 1966, the band were heard by Art Barrett, who became their manager and had them record the song at the Audio Recorders Studio in Phoenix. Barrett released the record on his own Artco label, [6] with Christian credited as its writer although other band members later claimed that they had contributed to the song. It became popular locally, and was reissued by Art Laboe 's Original Sound label in Los Angeles . [3] The record steadily climbed the Billboard R&B chart early in 1967, reaching no. 17 in a 24-week stay on the chart, and also reached no. 65 on the pop chart . [7] The record was the first to use the word " funky " in its title, and for that reason was banned by some radio stations as offensive. [3] Its music was described by Rick James as "revolutionary", and Dyke developed a dance routine to go with it. The band added bass player Alvin Battle, freeing Dyke to concentrate on vocals, and toured widely on the back of its success. However, in the summer of 1967, the stresses of playing a series of engagements at the Apollo Theater in Harlem caused the band to split up, shortly before Wilson Pickett had a bigger hit with his own cover version of "Funky Broadway". [3] Pickett's recording reached no. 1 on the R&B chart and no. 8 on the pop chart. [8]


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