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Graham Central Station

Graham Central Station is a funk band named after founder Larry Graham (formerly of [/L]Sly & the Family Stone[/L]). The name is a pun on New York City's Grand Central Terminal, often colloquially called Grand Central Station. The band's origins date from when Santana guitarist Neal Schon formed the band Azteca along with Larry Graham (bass guitar) and Gregg Errico (drums), both from [/L]Sly & the Family Stone[/L], and Pete Sears (keyboards), from Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Santana bass guitar player Tom Rutley would move into the bass spot with Azteca. That band, like [/L]Santana[/L ...read more

Graham Central Station is a funk band named after founder Larry Graham (formerly of [/L]Sly & the Family Stone[/L]). The name is a pun on New York City's Grand Central Terminal, often colloquially called Grand Central Station. The band's origins date from when Santana guitarist Neal Schon formed the band Azteca along with Larry Graham (bass guitar) and Gregg Errico (drums), both from [/L]Sly & the Family Stone[/L], and Pete Sears (keyboards), from Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Santana bass guitar player Tom Rutley would move into the bass spot with Azteca. That band, like [/L]Santana[/L] with heavy Latin influences, would eventually morph into Graham Central Station, while Schon would form Journey. The invention of electric slap bass is attributed by many (including Victor Wooten) to Graham, which influenced many musical genres, such as funk, R&B and disco.

Graham Central Station's biggest hit was "Your Love", which charted at number 9 in 1975. The group also integrated gospel music into their repertoire, and played with the dichotomy between the funk/rock star image and the "sanctified" gospel group image. Some of their recordings feature the Tower of Power horn section. In 2011, Graham Central Station opened for Prince on Prince's "Welcome 2 America" tour. « hide

Similar Bands: Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, Parliament, Instant Funk, Kool and the Gang

LPs
By Popular Demand
1997

Star Walk
1979

My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me
1978

Now Do U Wanta Dance
1977

Mirror
1976

Ain't No 'Bout-A-Doubt It
1975

3.5
1 Votes
Release Yourself
1974

4
1 Votes
Graham Central Station
1974

3.5
1 Votes
Live Albums
Live In London
1996

Live In Japan '92
1992

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