It’s Sunday and it’s time for our weekly musical brunch. As a kid, I would love it when my mom played Zapp and Roger on the record player. As an homage to those great memories, we are going to jam to some Zapp and Roger.
Zapp (also known as the Zapp Band or Zapp and Roger) is a soul and funk band formed in 1978 by brothers Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Lester Troutman, Terry Troutman, Bobby Glover and Gregory Jackson. Known for hits such as “More Bounce to the Ounce”, “Dance Floor” and “Computer Love”, the group was a partial source of inspiration to West Coast hip-hop and G-funk, which came out of the hand clapped-drum beat styled funk of Zapp’s records, with Roger’s use of the talk box becoming another reason for the group’s impact and its success.
The nucleus of Zapp circled around two of the five Troutman brothers: Lester and Roger. The duo of Lester and Roger started several groups including Little Roger and the Vels. Larry eventually joined his brothers when their name became Roger and the Human Body, which also included youngest brother Terry, Bobby Glover and Gregory Jackson [Cincinnati Ohio Funk Keyboardist]. Larry was then the road manager and the leader of the group in terms of all major decisions and connections.
I Wanna Be Your Man
More Bounce to the Ounce