Kleeer was an American New York based funk, disco and post-disco band which was formed in 1972 under the name The Jam Band, as a backup group to different disco bands and vocalists. The group consisted of lead vocalist / in-studio drummer Woody Cunningham, percussionist / keyboardist Paul Crutchfield, guitarist Richard Lee and bassist Norman Durham.
After a switch to the name Pipeline in 1975, the group also decided to switch to making hard rock instead of disco. Record labels competed to sign them but, when they finally ended up at Columbia Records, their single “Gypsie Rider” did not fare well commercially.
In 1976 they got the opportunity to become The Universal Robot Band along with underground disco producers Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael. This project was more successful than their former projects. They made the single “Barely Breaking Even” alongside singer Leroy Burgess, and they also recorded an album. The group toured as The Universal Robot Band until 1978.
After 1978, the band decided to make all their music themselves under the new name of Kleeer.
Kleeer went on to release seven albums in the period 1978 to 1985 with their sound being more focused on 1980s style funk, and electronic instruments, like vocoders and synthesizers.
The last album to be released by the band was Seeekret in 1985, produced by Eumir Deodato, and the first single to be released from Seeekret was “Take Your Heart Away” which hit #62 on the US R&B charts.
Take Your Heart Away (Vocal/Long Version) 6:14
Call My Name 4:23
Take Your Heart Away (Instrumental/Long Version) 5:18