20 Ways Clarence Avant Influenced Black Music

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  • Chuck Brown
  • Tabu Records, Clarence Avant
  • Kool & the Gang
  • Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Clarence Avant
  • S.O.S. Band, Clarence Avant
  • Cherrelle
  • Alexander O'Neal
  • Michael Jackson, Clarence Avant
  • Motown Records, Clarence Avant
  • Jheryl Busby, Clarence Avant
  • George Jackson
  • Clarence Avant
  • Clarence Avant
  • Little Wille John, Sarah Vaughan
  • Venture Records, Clarence Avant
  • Ja'Net Dubois, Clarence Avant
  • Stax Records, Clarence Avant
  • Sussex Records
  • Bill Withers, Clarence Avant
  • Dennis Coffey, Clarence Avant
  • Clarence Avant, Avant Garde Broadcasting

Kool & the Gang

In the early '90s, groundbreaking R&B band Kool & the Gang signed to Tabu. Since their debut in the early '70s, this ensemble has cranked out pop classics like "Lady's Night" and "Celebrate." And their early funk hits,  including "N.T." and "Jungle Boogie," have been sampled numerous times by hit hip hop artists. 

(Photo: GAB Archive/Redferns)