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Interracial Groups From The Fifties and Sixties


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Initial post: May 17, 2012 11:17:11 AM PDT
"Duck" Dunn just passed away. He was a great bassist, and a member of one of the first interracial groups, Booker T. and the MG's. Another interracial group was the Del Vikings, who did "Whispering Bells" and "Come Go With Me". The Jimi Hendrix Experience was another. The Allman Brothers. Three Dog Night. The Association.

I'm trying to think of other interracial groups from over forty years ago. Seems to me there have never been too many of these, especially back in the fifties.

What are the others?

Posted on May 17, 2012 12:55:28 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
Los Lobos...
Bruuuce...
Thin Lizzy...
Robert Randolph and the Family Band...
The Rolling Stones (current line up)...
Robin Trower...
Zappa...

Posted on May 17, 2012 1:02:02 PM PDT
The Benny Goodman Trio (Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa) was the first interracial jazz group back in the late '30s.

Posted on May 17, 2012 1:03:13 PM PDT
Well, as I said, I was referring to the period prior to 1972. The seventies and beyond have seen many interracial groups, but in the sixties and particularly in the fifties, they were relatively rare.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 1:05:11 PM PDT
Jim McG:

Right. Beeny Goodman was not the most beloved character in jazz, but integrating his combo took considerable fortitude then.

Posted on May 17, 2012 1:14:55 PM PDT
Zappa's first band, The Blackouts, was an interracial band in the early 1960s. Created a bit of stress amongst the redneck element in Southern California.

Posted on May 17, 2012 1:35:02 PM PDT
B L T says:
Sly and the Family Stone
Eric Burdon and War
Santana

Posted on May 17, 2012 1:59:44 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
The Rotary Connection

Posted on May 17, 2012 2:00:12 PM PDT
After BT&tMGs The Butterfield Blues Band (c. 1965) were one of the first interracial non-jazz groups. Things started to change in the mid-60s when different musical styles and influences really started to cross-pollinate. From then on there were the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, Electric Flag, The Equals, War and The Foundations (who may have been the most interacial UK band at that time as they featured in their ranks Barbados and Dominican-born blacks, British whites and a Sri Lankan!). The Chambers Brothers in the late 60s had a white drummer but I don't know whether the presence of just one member of a different race in a five-piece band qualifies as being interracial.

Posted on May 17, 2012 2:00:12 PM PDT
cw says:
Jay And The Techniques
The Magnificent Men
The American Breed
Three Dog Night

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 2:07:00 PM PDT
"I don't know whether the presence of just one member of a different race qualifies as being interracial."

Sure it does.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 2:37:31 PM PDT
That's fine, then - I just wanted to avoid tokenism.

Posted on May 17, 2012 2:39:09 PM PDT
cw says:
I made a mistake The Magnificent Men were not interracial but they were one of the first white groups to play the Apolo The Del-Chords the group that the Mag Men evolved from were

Posted on May 17, 2012 2:48:16 PM PDT
S.C. Harrison:

One member of another race could be enough to set people off. I just read a biography of jazz producer Norman Grantz, and he talked about some jazz concert, in the forties I think, in which the one white performer was placed in the back in the shadows, to avoid controversy. On subsequent dates, he used brown makeup. Can you imagine?

Lots of combos back then had real trouble, and not just in the south, if they were racially integrated. Even if the promoters were fine with it, the audiences often weren't. And then good luck finding a restaurant in some regions of the country in which you could eat together.

Posted on May 17, 2012 3:06:39 PM PDT
D-Train says:
Not sure if anyone said the the Average white band and the Doobie brothers.........Heatwave a group that formed in England in the early 70's...

Posted on May 17, 2012 3:12:20 PM PDT
Yes, but the Seventies ushered in a wave of interracial bands. The barriers no longer existed.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 3:14:50 PM PDT
D-Train says:
I hear ya.....

Posted on May 17, 2012 3:37:09 PM PDT
B L T says:
Jimmy Giuffre's "The Easy Way" (1959)

Posted on May 17, 2012 3:53:48 PM PDT
caspersmom says:
The original Bar-Kays
The Funk Brothers, who backed up almost everybody who was anybody back in the day

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 4:27:01 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
The Chambers Brothers.

Time Has Come Today.

Posted on May 17, 2012 5:07:17 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
LOVE

Posted on May 17, 2012 7:49:41 PM PDT
crater face says:
The equals

Posted on May 17, 2012 7:53:11 PM PDT
crater face says:
Ben Webster was with Raymond Scott's group back in the 40's.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 4:36:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 4:36:51 AM PDT
RE: Eric Burdon and War

Eric Burdon could have formed War with all white guys and still practically been an interracial band. I think that after the Animals, Eric actually convinced himself that he was black.

Posted on May 18, 2012 5:07:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 5:09:10 AM PDT
Interracial groups?.....hmmmm; The Jimi Hendrix Experience comes to mind, Santana, the Allman Brothers! Many of the rock/jazz fusion bands, the Miles Davis, Tony Williams Lifetime. To many to name. The list goes on,and on,and on,and on,and on,and on,...
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