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LARRY GRAHAM & GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION
Apr 08-Apr 9, 2011
the funkiest bassist from Sly and The Family Stone
Rare Small Club Appearance!
- 8pm $38
- 10pm $30
- 8 & 10pm $38
"Larry Graham, Jr. is an American baritone singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as both the bass guitar player in the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, and as the founder and front man of Graham Central Station. He is credited with the invention of the slapping technique, which radically expanded the tonal palette of the bass, although he himself refers to the technique as Thumpin' and Pluckin'." -Bass Player magazine, Apr 07
In the early70s, Larry left Sly and the Family Stone and started to produce a band named Hot Chocolate, which he eventually joined and renamed it Graham Central Station. The group included guitarist David "Dynamite" Vega on guitar, Robert "Butch" Sam on organ, Hershall "Happiness" Kennedy on keyboard, Patrice "Chocolate" Banks vocalist/ percussionist, and Willie "Wild" Sparks on drums. The first album released in early 1974 was named “Graham Central Station” and it included the hit "Can You Handle It." Later in 1974 the next album “Release Yourself” yielded the hit "Feel the Need".. That same year GCS was nominated for a Grammy for the “Best New Artist of 1974”. Then in 1975 the third album “Ain't No Bout-A-Doubt It”, which went Gold and gave us the single "Your Love," landed in the Top 40 and topped the R&B charts. That album also gave us “The Jam”. In 1976 GCS released the album “Mirror” which included the hit “Love Covers a Multitude of Sin”.
The title track of the 1977 album “Now Do U Wanta Dance” soared on the R&B charts. The final two albums that GCS released were “My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me” which title track by the same name featured Tina Graham on lead vocal. In 1978 the band released “Star Walk”.
In the 1990’s, GCS featured Larry’s former Sly and the Family Stone band members Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini. They regularly performed with Prince in a number of concerts as well as in Prince’s Jam of the Year tour. GCS released a Japanese album “By Popular Demand”. Their last album to date “GCS 2000” was released in 1999.