Funky Fred Wesley Doing It to Death - one NZ show only!
10 Funky Fred facts:
1. Fred was bandleader and musical director for James Brown’s JBs in the early 1970s.
2. Fred co-wrote James Brown’s 1971 hit Hot Pants
3. Fred Wesley & The JBs’ 1973 recording of Doing It To Death sold over a million copies.
4. Fred Wesley & The JBs’ 1974 track Blow Your Head was sampled by Public Enemy in 1987.
5. Fred led Parliament-Funkadelic’s Horny Horns after leaving James Brown in 1975.
6. Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns’ 1977 track A Blow For You, A Toot For Me was co-written by George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.
7. Fred joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1978.
8. Fred toured with Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis as the JB Horns in the 1990s.
9. Fred Wesley was Born On The 4th Of July in Columbus, Georgia.
10. Fred Wesley is the funkiest trombone player on the planet.
Bonus fact: Fred Wesley played on a recording session produced by Radio NZ announcer and MR www.13thfloor.co.nz Marty Duda in 1988 that also included fellow James Brown Alumni Bobby Byrd, Bootsy Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Clyde Stubblefield and Vicki Anderson along with R&B pioneers Hank Ballard and Bill Doggett. It was released as The King All-Stars.
Warning: Unashamed early 70s Soul Train Funk in these clips
Presale tickets on sale Tues 23th Oct from www.muchmoremusic.co.nz & www.powerstation.net.nz
General tickets on sale Thurs 25th Oct from Ticketmaster
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