The OldSchool Cruise 2020 – STAR LINEUP
ZAPP BAND: Zapp unleashes funky, high-energy music with a contagious groove built for dancing, loving and good times. Made up of masterful musicians who have been getting down together since the late 1970s, the group’s sizzling chemistry can be attributed to the fact that it has always been a joyful family affair. The band started with Lil Roger and Lil Lester in 1962, which became Lil Roger and His Fabulous Vel’s, grew into Roger and the Human Body from 1974-1978, then became a full-fledged movement as Zapp. Now bandleader Lester Troutman, Sr. (drums), Terry “Zapp” Troutman (talkbox/keyboards/bass), Bart Thomas (talkbox/vocals/keyboards/bass), Dale DeGroat (musical direction/keyboards/ vocals), Thomas Troutman (keyboards/vocals), Riccardo Bray (guitar) and Anthony Arrington (sax) join to carry on the legacy of a tight-knit group of expert players and funk, soul and party band pioneers. Vibrating with moog bass, electrifying guitar riffs and fresh, clever lyrics, the tight-knit group’s songs demonstrate a wicked sense of humor and an unmatched ability to tell colorful stories and write solid, memorable hooks. Zapp members’ layered recordings and boisterous, Las Vegas-style live shows have always established them as trailblazers in both songwriting and showmanship. In the tradition of stylish masters such as James Brown, George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, Zapp continues to both inspire and draw inspiration from hot acts like Daft Punk, The Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake.
ROSE ROYCE: Rose Royce is an American soul and R&B group. They are best known for several hit singles during the 1970s including “Car Wash”, “I Wanna Get Next to You”, “I’m Going Down”, “Wishing on a Star”, and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”. The group began in the early 1970s, when members of several backup bands from the Watts and Inglewood areas of Los Angeles united under the name Total Concept Unlimited. The movie Car Wash and the soundtrack were great successes, bringing the group national fame. Whitfield won the Best Music award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the album received the Grammy for Best Motion Picture Score Album of the Year. Released in late 1976, the soundtrack featured three Billboard R&B Top Ten singles: “Car Wash,” “I Wanna Get Next to You,” and “I’m Going Down.” The first of these was also a number one single on the Billboard popular music charts, and “I Wanna Get Next to You” reached number ten.
The group’s follow-up album, Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom, produced two Top Ten singles, “Do Your Dance” and “Ooh Boy”. It also included “Wishing on a Star”, which for Rose Royce was a top-10 hit only in the UK; it became notable elsewhere through its cover versions, including The Cover Girls’ Top Ten single in 1992
DELFONICS: The Delfonics caught the rising tide of R&B and pop music at just the right time in the late 1960’s when young male groups were coming into their own. The Delfonics style of song and dance steps caught the world by storm as a top attraction in concerts, college campuses and The Apollo Theater in New York. The motivating force of the group is William (Poogie) Hart who was inspired by the groups Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Temptations and Gladys Knights And The Pips.
” William’s voice is one of the most recognized and most imitated voices in the music world today. “La La Means I Love You” became an instant hit peaking at #2 on Billboards top 100. The Delfonics continued to release hit songs written by William Hart, arranged by Thom Bell and William Hart including “You Get Yours I’ll Get Mine” “Break Your Promise” “I’m Sorry” and “The Delfonics Theme” all reached Billboard’s top ten. “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” an overnight hit and #1 on the Billboard top 100 won a Grammy for the best R&B song of 1970.
Evelyn “Champagne” King: First came to fame with the million-selling ’70s disco smashes “Shame” and “I Don’t Know if It’s Right.” it was a song written by John Fitch and Reuben Cross, called “Shame,” that gave her career-launching success. The extended mix began gaining radio play and eventually the Top Ten on the R&B and pop charts by spring 1978. The follow-up, “I Don’t Know if It’s Right,” also went gold, peaking at number seven R&B, number 23 pop in fall 1978. Smooth Talk went gold, and she made two more LPs with T. Life: Music Box and Call on Me.