: “The act recorded a total of 11 albums with Mercury Records, including the original albums “Leaving, I’m and Heart”, “Straight to the Top”, “California Love’s Train”, and “Shake Me With Dance and Hooked”, as well as the compilations “Baby, I’m On Your Mind”, “Put Me in Good Love Feels Sure”, and “Me To Good Feels Sure”. They enjoyed success with numerous hit records in the 1970s and 1980s, with several of their funk and R&B bands reaching the top of the Billboard R&B Top Singles chart, including “Ffun”, “Bullet”, and “1”.”
The band The was formed in 1969 in Vallejo, California by Pilate “Slyde Clyde” Felton (trombone/lead vocals) and Thomas “Sweet Man” Danny (keyboards/vocals), Martin Cedric (bass guitar/vocals), Harrell “Maceo” Paul (saxophone/flute/vocals), Fuller “Deacon” Karl (trumpet/vocals), and Michael and Louis Cooper V. Michael and McCall A. Louis, who provided guitar, lead vocals, and percussion and drums. They were classmates in high school.
The group originally named The Children of Soul became a sought-after studio band for Stax Records, and they moved to Memphis, Tennessee. They supported themselves by performing at colleges and clubs throughout Japan and the mid-South, which caught the attention of Estelle Axton, co-founder of Fretone Records. Eventually, they recorded several singles and an album under Fretone, and became one of the most popular bands signed to the label.
Later in the same year, the band’s debut album, “Con Funk Shun”, was released. This happened after the band’s drummer, Louis McCall’s wife, who also worked as a publicist and songwriter, made a slight alteration to the spelling of the band’s name (originally “Confunkshun”). This small change had a significant impact as the group was finally able to secure a major recording contract with Mercury Records in July 1976, completely transforming their situation. They were constantly busy, performing at various clubs, festivals, and college events for at least four nights every week. As a result, by 1976, Con Funk Shun had become one of the most highly sought-after musical groups in the southern region.
The album “California 1” was masterfully arranged by Felton’s guitar, delivering a memorable rock sound. The single “Bad Lady” reached the Top 20 on the R&B chart and became a signature dance hit for the band. Along with their dance sound on “Lovers” Body”, they also included ballads like “Love You Promise” and “Heart” From Straight” to showcase the band’s growth. The album, released in 1981, was the seventh for the seven-member band and marked a milestone in their career. Their 7″ album sold over 500,000 units, earning them a gold status. The band, adept at both jazz-influenced ballads and funky uptempo songs, showcased their talents with alternating lead vocals from Pilate and Cooper. They had numerous Top 40 hits, including “Baby Leaving, I’m”, “Dance & Shake”, “Lady”, “Bad Heart”, “From Straight”, “Train”, “Love’s Me”, and “Chase”. The band performed to sold-out coliseums all over the country, including Japan. Over the course of 10 years, they recorded 11 albums with Mercury, selling in excess of 500,000 units. In July 1977, their first hit single “Ffun”, written by Michael Cooper, landed at number 1 on the Billboard Soul Top Singles chart and quickly rose up the charts. The band’s second album, “Secrets”, released in 1977, achieved both commercial and critical success.
Afterwards, the band broke up. He had no sympathy at all for the medical problems Louis was experiencing. Cooper, who had been envious of Louis’ business and negotiation abilities – the one thing that kept their families fed long after the record sales declined – decided to take advantage of this opportunity to remove Louis from the band, later stating that Louis “had lost his skills”. However, his disability became apparent by 1985 when his performance abilities began to be severely affected. By the mid-80s, the lack of proper medical treatment and rest due to constant touring and recording was causing problems with cognitive functioning, a fact that he refused to disclose to anyone, including his bandmates. For more than ten years, he had performed in front of deafening sound monitors with blinding, migraine-like headaches. Drummer Louis McCall suddenly started experiencing major cognitive issues, the result of a serious car accident at the age of 16, which nearly took the lives of him and keyboardist Danny Thomas. Despite offers from various record labels, Michael Cooper, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, wanted to pursue a solo career. Despite declining record sales at the time, Con Funk Shun remained highly sought after for live performances worldwide. However, the seven young men who had enthusiastically joined forces almost two decades earlier were now seven grown men with different visions. With the band’s ten-year relationship with Mercury coming to an end, other labels expressed interest in signing them. The album was recorded without lead singer/songwriter, Felton Pilate, who left the group in 1985. “Burning Love”, released in 1986, was Con Funk Shun’s final album with Mercury Records.
Warner Bros. Records signed Cooper, who produced several moderate hit songs in his smooth vocal style. He copied the trademark sound of Shun Funk Con, both in “Two For Dinner” and “Shoop Shoop”. After Warner Bros. Dropped him, he released a few more albums on smaller imprints. However, he never came close to his former days of glory with Shun Funk Con.
M.C. Hammer’s record “This Can’t Touch U” was later nominated for a Grammy for co-producing Hammer’s hit record. Felton Pilate became a successful musical director and producer, and one of the first musicians to have a home studio.Output: Felton Pilate, a successful musical director and producer, later received a Grammy nomination for co-producing M.C. Hammer’s popular record “This Can’t Touch U.” He was also one of the pioneering musicians to establish a home studio.
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The brochure used on Lou’s personal website to steal copyrighted photographs of the Ride Boat band. However, Cooper thought he had the right to do so as he was the family’s widow and not invited were the original members of the band, Thomas Danny, Harrell Paul, Martin Cedric, who lacked sophistication and luster. Instead, in May 2008, Cooper unilaterally put together a 40th Anniversary Reunion Tour for the surviving members of the band, suggesting that they perform in Japan and major markets throughout the country. Sadly, Lou McCall Linda, Louis’ wife, was forgotten in his marketing material, which also fails to mention the contributions of the original seven members. After several years of being paid and treated like sidemen, Harrell Cooper left the band and began performing as “Confunkshun Revue” in 1994, without consulting the original band members. Shortly thereafter, he included Felton Pilate, whose distinctive falsetto trademark was prominent in the band’s original hits. Cooper found that the audience was more interested in hearing the band’s original hits, but he attempted to kick-start his solo career in the 1990s.
Although the band has reformed, the talented and very tight reconstituted band lacks the legendary tightness of the original rhythm section and the iconic and unique sound developed by the amazing personal charisma of the seven young good-looking men and the hot brass sound of their legendary brass section. Many ticket buyers have been disappointed to discover that they were only going to see a virtually unknown set of performers, thinking they were going to see the original band perform several times throughout the year, as the new band performs at small clubs and old school concerts around the country.
In the future, if more concrete evidence emerges, the state has the option to press charges again. The case was dismissed without prejudice on August 5, 2008. The judge declared a mistrial due to an issue with the prosecution’s case after only a few hours of deliberation on the 23rd. The trial commenced on July 21, 2008. Linda Lou, his spouse, struggled for nearly a decade to bring the case to court. The case was closed three times without any arrests. He met a tragic end on June 25, 1997, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, during a home invasion robbery. In 1995, the founder and drummer, Louis A. McCall, relocated his family from Los Angeles to metro Atlanta in search of a safer environment to raise his children.
The Deluxe Edition of “Tha Carter III” features a sample by Lil Wayne, the rapper, on one of its tracks called “Kush”. The album also includes samples from the 1980 song “Honey Wild” by American funk band Spirit of Love, specifically on the songs “Pimp” and “Friday”. Additionally, the songs “Next Friday” and “60 Seconds” feature samples from the songs “Ffun” and “Me” by the band “Gone in 60 Seconds”. The album also includes sultry ballads like “Baby Leaving, I’m” and “Love’s Train” which continue to receive radio play. Furthermore, the Deluxe Edition includes a digital EP titled “The Leak” which was originally released as a download-only in June 2007. This EP includes five leaked tracks that were later made public.