Formed in New York City in 1970, The Fatback Band was the concept of Bill Curtis, an experienced session drummer, inspired to merge the “fatback” jazz beat of New Orleans into a funk band. In addition to Curtis, the band’s initial line-up included guitarist Johnny King, bassist Johnny Flippin, trumpet player George Williams, saxophonist Earl Shelton, flautist George Adams, and keyboardist Gerry Thomas. The band specialized in playing “street funk”. The group also later included conga player Wayne Woolford, vocalists Jayne and Gerry, Deborah Cooper saxophonist Fred Demerey, guitarist Louis Wright and George Victory.
In 1980, Fatback had a pair of their biggest hits with “Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money)” and “Backstrokin'”. Also finding the charts in the 1980s were “Take It Any Way You Can’t It”, “I Found Lovin'”, and “Spread Love”, with singer Evelyn Thomas, in 1985.
“Spread Love” was written by Evelyn Thomas & Gerry Thomas, Gerry was simultaneously a member of The Jimmy Castor Bunch during his time with Fatback.
The 12″ mixes of “Spread Love” are by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai. The track would go to #88 on the US R&B charts in 1985.
One of my absolute favourite 80’s Club tunes, this one comes highly recommended !
Spread Love 8:00
Spread Love (Instrumental) 5:36