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Larry Graham

Background information
Birth name Larry Graham, Jr.
Born August 14, 1946 (1946-08-14) (age 61)
Flag of the United States Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
Genre(s) Funk
Soul
Occupation(s) Musician
Songwriter
Producer
Instrument(s) Bass
Vocals
Years active 1967 - Present
Label(s) Epic
Warner Bros.
NPG
Rhino Entertainment
Associated
acts
Sly & the Family Stone
Prince
Graham Central Station
Website www.slystonebook.com

Larry Graham, Jr. (born August 14, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American baritone singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as both the bass player in the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, and as the founder and frontman 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'." Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Counties Settled 1835 Incorporation 1838 Gentilic Beaumonter Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Becky Ames  - City Manager Kyle Hayes  - Mayor Pro - Tem Nancy Beaulieu Area  - City 222. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... This article is about the novel Soul Music. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... The year 1967 was an important year for psychedelic music, with releases from Small Faces Itchycoo Park,The Doors (The Doors, Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing at Baxters), the Beatles Sgt. ... Present redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Warner Bros. ... NPG Records is the record label formed by Prince in 1993 to release his music after Paisley Park Records. ... Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label. ... Sly & the Family Stone was an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ... For another person sometimes known as The Artist, see Michael Haynes III. Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American funk musician. ... Graham Central Station was a funk band named after founder Larry Graham and Grand Central Station in New York City. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Counties Settled 1835 Incorporation 1838 Gentilic Beaumonter Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Becky Ames  - City Manager Kyle Hayes  - Mayor Pro - Tem Nancy Beaulieu Area  - City 222. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... 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Graham Central Station was a funk band named after founder Larry Graham and Grand Central Station in New York City. ... In music, the term slapping is often used to refer to two different though related playing techniques on the double bass and on the (electric) bass guitar. ...

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Biography

Graham played bass in the highly successful and influential funk band Sly & the Family Stone from 1967 to 1972. He pioneered the art of slap-pop playing on the electric bass, in part to provide percussive and rhythmic elements in addition to the notes of the bassline when the band lacked a drummer. This style has become archetypical of modern funk. Slap-pop playing couples a percussive thumb-slapping technique of the lower strings with an aggressive finger-snap of the higher strings, often in rhythmic alternation. The slap and pop technique incorporates a large ratio of muted (or 'ghost' tones) to normal notes, which adds to the rhythmic effect. For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Sly & the Family Stone was an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


This "machine-gun" bass style was later used by such artists as Les Claypool, Bootsy Collins, Louis Johnson, Mark King, Flea, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, John Norwood Fisher, P-Nut, Danny McCormack, Matt Noveskey and Dirk Lance. Leslie Edward Les Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. ... William Bootsy Collins (born October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a pioneering funk bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... The Brothers Johnsons bassist, Louis Johnson (born 13 April 1955, in Los Angeles) is regarded as one of the best bassists of the 20th century. ... Mark King (born 20 October 1958, in Cowes, Isle of Wight) is a British musician from the Isle of Wight. ... Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia), better known by his stage name Flea, is the bassist for the alternative rock rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ... Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American electric bass guitar player. ... Marcus Miller (born June 14, 1959 in New York) is a jazz musician, composer and producer, perhaps best known as a bass guitarist with Miles Davis, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn. ... Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is an American musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar as well as his numerous film and television scores. ... John Norwood Fisher John Norwood Fisher (known as Norwood Fisher, b. ... Aaron Charles Wills (stage name: P-Nut), (born June 5, 1974 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American musician, and bassist for band 311. ... Danny McCormack is a U.K singer/ bass player born in South Shields, U.K in 1972. ... William Matthew Matt Noveskey (born June 16, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, and bassist, best known for his work with the bands Blue October and (a+)machines. ... Alex Katunich a. ...


Upon the Family Stone's disintegration due to lead singer Sly Stone's drug addiction, Graham formed his own band, Graham Central Station. The name is a pun on Grand Central Station, the train station located in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Graham Central Station had several hits in the 1970s, including "Hair." For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Sly Stone (born Sylvester Stewart, 15 March 1943, in Denton, Texas) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, most famous for his role as frontman for Sly & the Family Stone, a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and... Graham Central Station was a funk band named after founder Larry Graham and Grand Central Station in New York City. ... The main concourse Grand Central Terminal (GCT, often unofficially called Grand Central Station) is a terminal rail station at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (42nd Street and Park Avenue) in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the mid 1970s, Larry Graham worked with Betty Davis, the former second wife of jazz legend Miles Davis. Betty Davis' band included members of the Tower of Power horns and the Pointer Sisters, and she recorded three albums to critical acclaim but limited commercial success. For the actress, see Bette Davis, for the meteorologist, see Betty Davis (meteorologist). ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, widely considered to be one of the most influential of the 20th century. ... For the episode of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon TV series, see Tower of Power (TMNT 1987 episode). ... The Pointer Sisters are an American Grammy Award-winning Pop/R&B recording act from Oakland, California that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. ...


In 1975, Graham became a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses[1]. In the early 1980s, Graham recorded five solo albums and had several solo hits. His biggest hit was "One in a Million, You", which reached number 9 on the Billboard chart in 1980. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


He recorded another album in the late 1990s, with a new band using the Graham Central Station name. Two of the new members were former Family Stone bandmates Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini. He also toured with Prince as his bassist in 1997-2000, and features on the Prince dvd Rave un2 the year 2000. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Cynthia Robinson (born January 12, 1946 in Sacramento, California) is an African-American musician, best known for being the trumpetist in the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone. ... Jerry Martini (born October 1, 1943 in Colorado) is an American musician, best known for being the saxophonist for the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone. ... For another person sometimes known as The Artist, see Michael Haynes III. Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American funk musician. ...



In 2007 he was invited to play in Minneapolis with the reformed Sly & the Family Stone, but declined because he was out of town. He did, however, appear onstage in Minneapolis on July 8th, 2007 with Prince at First Avenue. Sly & the Family Stone was an American rock band from San Francisco, California. ... The term prince, from the Latin root princeps, is used for a member of the highest ranks of the aristocracy or the nobility. ... First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis First Avenue and 7th Street Entry are a cornerstone of the Midwest music scene, and serve as an historic landmark of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


Discography with GCS:

  • Graham Central Station 1974, Warner Bros.
  • Release Yourself 1974, Warner Bros.
  • Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It 1975, Warner Bros.
  • Mirror 1976, Warner Bros.
  • Now Do U Wanta Dance 1977, Warner Bros.
  • My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me 1978, WEA
  • Star Walk 1979, Warner Bros.
  • The Best of Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Vol. 1 1996, Warner Bros.
  • The Jam: The Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Anthology 2001, Rhino Greatest Hits 2003, Rhino Flashback

Solo

Albums

All Warner Bros. releases.
  • 1980: One in a Million You
  • 1981: Just Be My Lady
  • 1982: Sooner or Later
  • 1983: Victory
  • 1985: Fired Up
NPG Records release
  • 1999: GCS2000

Warner Bros. ... NPG Records is the record label formed by Prince in 1993 to release his music after Paisley Park Records. ...

Singles

Year Title Album US Hot 100 US R&B UK Chart
1980 "One in a Million You" One in a Million You 9 1
1980 "When We Get Married" One in a Million You 76 9
1981 "Guess Who" Just Be My Lady 69
1981 "Just Be My Lady" Just Be My Lady 67 4
1982 "Sooner or Later"/
"Don't Stop When You're Hot"
Sooner or Later 27
16
1983 "I Never Forget Your Eyes" Victory 34

The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), lists the most popular songs, calculated weekly by airplay and sales, in traditionally African American venues... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...

External links

  • A bio from the Ultimate Band List
  • Larry Graham Radio Interview With Chris Comer Feb. 23 1999
  • "One in a Million You" music video with lyrics
Media
  • "Release Yourself: From Sly Stone's roughhouse to the Artist's clubhouse, groundbreaking bassist Larry Graham finds new power in Minnesota" City Pages, July 21, 1999

References

  1. ^ Awake! magazine, 22 February 1989, p.15
  • Bass Player Magazine, May 2007 by Jimmy Leslie p. 31

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