The Scottish group Average White Band are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though best known for their instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” the band’s strength actually lies in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling alums and Grammy nominations.
This 6 piece band took influences of their R&B heroes, such as Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Donny Hathaway. They developed their own authentic sound which was eagerly adopted by audiences across the world. While many songs attracted chart action as hit singles, many other album tracks became much sampled and turned-tabled “rare” grooves.
They have been sampled by countless musicians over the years, making them the 15th most sampled act in history! The current line-up of the band continues to record and tour around the world to ongoing critical and audience acclaim after 40 years in the business.