Career[edit source | edit]Edit
Trombonist Floyd Miller teamed with Tom Lockett Jr. (tenor & alto sax), Carter Bradley (keyboards), Mark Adams (bass), Mark Hicks (lead and rhythm guitar, background vocals), Danny Webster (rhythm and lead guitar, lead and background vocals), Orion Wilhoite (keyboards) and Tim Dozier (drums). Drummer/percussionist Steve Arrington, along with vocalists Starleana Young, then Curt Jones and keyboardist Ray Turner came aboard in 1978, with Arrington ultimately becoming lead vocalist. Their first big hit was the single "Slide" in 1977 for Cotillion Records, where they remained until 1984. Their best work was usually based on bass licks and the band's general arrangements emphasis on the rhythm section and soaring lead vocals.
Other Top Ten R&B hits were "Just a Touch of Love" in 1979, "Watching You" in 1980, and "Snap Shot" in 1981. They added Charles Carter on sax and brother Sam Carter on keyboards. Young, Washington, Jones and Lockett departed to form Aurra in 1981. Slave added Roger Parker, Delbert Taylor, Jr., and Kevin Johnson as replacements. Arrington himself left in 1982 after the Showtime album. The band continued on, though much less successfully, into the late 1980s.
They moved to Atlantic Records for one LP in 1984, then switched to the Atlanta-based Ichiban Records in 1986. Their most recent release was The Funk Strikes Back in 1992. Rhino issued Stellar Fungk: The Best of Slave Featuring Steve Arrington, an anthology of their finest cuts, in 1994.
Bass player Mark Leslie Adams Sr., a native of Dayton, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at age 51 in Columbus, Ohio.
Guitar player Mark (Drac) Hicks, a native of Dayton, died on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the age of 52 in Dayton, Ohio.
Discography[edit source | edit]Edit
Studio albums[edit source | edit]Edit
|The Hardness of the World||67||31||—|
|1979||Just a Touch of Love||92||11||—|
|1982||Visions of the Lite||177||46||—|
|1986||Unchained at Last||—||56||—||Ichiban|
|1992||The Funk Strikes Back||—||—||—|
|1995||Masters of the Fungk||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified|
Compilation albums[edit source | edit]Edit
|Year||Album||Chart positions||Record label|
|1984||Best of Slave||—||—||Cotillion|
|1994||Stellar Fungk: The Best of Slave||—||44||Rhino|
|1997||Slide and Other Hits||—||—|
|1998||From the Archives||—||—||T.F.L.|
|2003||Party Lights: More of the Best||—||—||Rhino|
|2006||The Definitive Groove Collection||—||—|
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart|
Singles[edit source | edit]Edit
|1978||"The Party Song"||110||22||—||—|
|1979||"Just a Touch of Love"||—||9||26||64|
|1980||"Foxy Lady (Funky Lady)"||—||55||—||—|
|1981||"Feel My Love"||—||62||—|
|"Wait for Me"||103||20||—|
|1982||"Come to Blow Ya Mind"||—||81||—||—|
|1983||"Do You Like It...(Girl)"||—||73||—||—|
|"Shake It Up"||—||22||—||—|
|"All We Need Is Time"||—||85||—||—|
|"—" denotes the single failed to chart|