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Average White Band

Average White Band

"The Average White Band" (also "AWB") is a Scottish funk and R&B band who had a series of soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980 and continue to perform in 2006.

AWB were formed in 1971 by Alan Gorrie (vocals/bass) and Malcolm Duncan (tenor saxophone), with Onnie McIntyre (vocals/rhythm guitar, Hamish Stuart (vocals, guitar), Roger Ball (Keyboards, sax), and Robbie McIntosh (drums) joining them in the original line-up. Duncan and Ball studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (now part of the University of Dundee), and were previously members of Mogul Thrash.

The band's breakthrough was a support slot at Eric Clapton's comeback concert in 1973. MCA Records released their debut LP, ''Show Your Hand'', which sold poorly. The band relocated to New York, signed to Atlantic Records and released the follow-up, ''AWB'', better known as ''The White Album''. This album was the first of many with renowned producer Arif Mardin, and reached #1 in the US charts.

However, tragedy struck on September 23, 1974, when McIntosh died of a heroin overdose. McIntosh was replaced by Steve Ferrone (of Bloodstone, and previously with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express), bec...

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