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The Winstons “Amen Brother”

December 27th, 2009

source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxZuq57_bYM  

The most famous
loop af all times! "Amen Break," a six-second drum sample from the
b-side of this chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used
extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the
basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music — a six-second clip that
spawned several entire subcultures.

Watch this video about the Amen Break, I´ve learned alot from it:

The Winstons – Amen, Brother ( http://www.myspace.com/amenbros )

Label : (Metromedia Records, BMI)

Biography by Ron Wynn & Bruce Eder :

Washington, D.C.-based soul act led by Richard Spencer, the Winstons
signed to Curtom in early 1968 and lasted there for one single, the
rousing "Need a Replacement." They had a sound that was somewhat
similar to the Impressions, but were unfortunate enough to have signed
with Curtom before the label had national distribution, and the single
never got the play it should have. A year after leaving Curtom, they
hit for the Metromedia label with a huge single called "Color Him
Father," which became a Top Ten R&B and pop hit, just missing
number one on the R&B list, and also earned a Grammy for Best
R&B Song. It was both a great tribute number and outstanding lead
vocal from Richard Spencer, along with Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison,
Phil Tolotta, Sonny Peckrol, and G.C. Coleman. Mattison and Coleman
were veterans of Otis Redding’s band. The Winstons eventually toured as
the backup band for the Impressions, but never again made any noise on
the charts.

The Winstons line-up included:

Gregory C. Coleman (vocals, drums)
Ray Maritano (vocals, alto saxophone)
Quincy Mattison (vocals, lead guitar)
Sonny Pekerol (vocals, bass guitar)
Richard Lewis Spencer (lead vocals, tenor saxophone)
Phil Tolotta (second lead, organ)

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