One-Hit Wonders: The Dazz Band’s “Let It Whip”
The Dazz Band were the sum of two bands that played the clubs of Cleveland during the 1970s. By the early ’80s, they were on Motown, hitting the R&B charts and warming up for their lone single to make the pop charts.
It was during the late ’70s that Bobby Harris, alto sax player for Cleveland’s Bell Telephunk band, brought his proteges together with a house band from the Kinsmen Grill to form the Kinsman Dazz Band.
After a marginally successful run at the R&B charts with 20th Century Fox’s label, the crew were signed to Motown in 1980. Success was similarly fleeting until the reconstituted crew, now called the Dazz Band, tracked a cut by producer Reggie Andrews and songwriter Leon “Ndugu” Chancler called “Let It Whip.”
The record proved to be a huge hit, reaching #5 on the pop chart, #2 on the dance chart and spending five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart. The cut also won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Though the band would go on to produce seven more Top 20 R&B hits, they’d seen the last of their pop success, relegating them to the status of One-Hit Wonders.
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