Slave (band)

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Slave
OriginDayton, Ohio, United States
GenresR&B, boogie, disco, soul, funk
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, producer, musician
Years active1975–1996
LabelsCotillion, Atco, Ichiban
WebsiteSteve Washington
Steve Arrington
Mark L. "The Hansolor" Adams - Bassplayer.com
 
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Slave
OriginDayton, Ohio, United States
GenresR&B, boogie, disco, soul, funk
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, producer, musician
Years active1975–1996
LabelsCotillion, Atco, Ichiban
WebsiteSteve Washington
Steve Arrington
Mark L. "The Hansolor" Adams - Bassplayer.com

Slave was an Ohio funk band popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Trumpeter Steve Washington and Mark Hicks (Drac) formed the group in Dayton, Ohio in 1975.

Career[edit]

Trombonist Floyd Miller teamed with Tom Lockett Jr. (tenor & alto sax), Carter Bradley (keyboards), Mark Adams (bass), Mark Hicks (lead and rhythm guitar, background vocals), Danny Webster (rhythm and lead guitar, lead and background vocals), Orion Wilhoite (keyboards) and Tim Dozier (drums). Drummer/percussionist Steve Arrington, along with vocalists Starleana Young, then Curt Jones and keyboardist Ray Turner came aboard in 1978, with Arrington ultimately becoming lead vocalist. Their first big hit was the single "Slide" in 1977 for Cotillion Records, where they remained until 1984. Their best work was usually based on bass licks and the band's general arrangements emphasis on the rhythm section and soaring lead vocals.

Other Top Ten R&B hits were "Just a Touch of Love" in 1979, "Watching You" in 1980, and "Snap Shot" in 1981. They added Charles Carter on sax and brother Sam Carter on keyboards. Young, Washington, Jones and Lockett departed to form Aurra in 1981. Slave added Roger Parker, Delbert Taylor, Jr., and Kevin Johnson as replacements. Arrington himself left in 1982 after the Showtime album. The band continued on, though much less successfully, into the late 1980s.

They moved to Atlantic Records for one LP in 1984, then switched to the Atlanta-based Ichiban Records in 1986. Their most recent release was The Funk Strikes Back in 1992. Rhino issued Stellar Fungk: The Best of Slave Featuring Steve Arrington, an anthology of their finest cuts, in 1994.

Bass player Mark Leslie Adams Sr., a native of Dayton, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at age 51 in Columbus, Ohio.[1]

Guitar player Mark (Drac) Hicks, a native of Dayton, died on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the age of 52 in Dayton, Ohio.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[2]US
certifications[3]
Record label
USUS
R&B
1977Slave226GoldCotillion
The Hardness of the World6731
1978The Concept7811
1979Just a Touch of Love9211
1980Stone Jam535Gold
1981Show Time467
1982Visions of the Lite17746
1983Bad Enuff16830
1984New Plateau
1986Unchained at Last56Ichiban
1987Make Believe44
198888
1990Rebirth
1992The Funk Strikes Back
1995Masters of the Fungk
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart positions[2]Record label
USUS
R&B
1984Best of SlaveCotillion
1994Stellar Fungk: The Best of Slave44Rhino
1997Slide and Other Hits
1998From the ArchivesT.F.L.
2001Greatest HitsGoldenlane
2003Party Lights: More of the BestRhino
2006The Definitive Groove Collection
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart Positions[4]
USUS
R&B
US
Dance
UK[5]
1977"Slide"321
1978"The Party Song"11022
"Baby Sinister"74
"Stellar Fungk"14
"Just Freak"11064
1979"Just a Touch of Love"92664
1980"Foxy Lady (Funky Lady)"55
"Sizzlin' Hot"57
"Watching You"78623
1981"Feel My Love"62
"Snap Shot"91621
"Party Lites"
"Wait for Me"10320
1982"Come to Blow Ya Mind"81
1983"Do You Like It...(Girl)"73
"Shake It Up"22
"Steppin' Out"73
1984"Ooohh"41
1986"Thrill Me"84
"All We Need Is Time"85
1987"Juicy-O"83
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dayton Daily News
  2. ^ a b "Slave US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  3. ^ "The USA Certifications of Slave". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Slave US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Slave UK chart history". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 

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