20 Ways Clarence Avant Influenced Black Music

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  • 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
  • Chuck Brown
  • Tabu Records, Clarence Avant

The S.O.S. Band

In 1983, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis introduced their hit-making formula when they began producing hits for  Atlanta-born R&B group The S.O.S. Band. Among the classic tracks the duo wrote for the band were "Just Be Good to Me," "Tell Me If You Still Care" and "Just the Way You Like It."

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