School Boy Crush

The Average White Band contained a bunch of Scottish boys who loved soul and funk (like the Scottish, real-life version of The Commitments). They played in various soul and jazz groups, and caught a break when they opened for Eric Clapton on his comeback tour in 1973.  Not long after, “Pick Up The Pieces” went to number 1 on the U.S. pop charts.  The original AWB drummer died from an overdose in 1974, and he was replaced by Steve Ferrone, an Englishman who became the group’s first black member.  In 1975, the gang put out Cut The Cake, which featured a number of leisurely funk tunes.  My favorite is “School Boy Crush,” which fits into a long tradition of school girl seduction songs like Junior Wells’ “Good Morning School Girl.”

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