Brass Construction was an
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formed in
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New York
, United States, in 1968. They were originally known as Dynamic Soul, and went on to record a string of
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s and
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s through to 1985.


Signed in 1975 by Sid Maurer, and former
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promotion man Fred Frank, they scored two
''Billboard'' Hot 100 entries in 1976 - the most successful being "Movin'," which hit #14. They had much more success on the US
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, with nine chart entries, including " Movin'", which reached #1. Singer, pianist, flautist and
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Randy Muller went on to score a number of
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hits with Skyy and B. T. Express. Over the years, Brass Construction members have included Wade Williamston (bass), Sandy Billups (percussion), Morris Price (trumpet), Larry Payton (drums), Jesse Ward Jr. (saxophone), Michael "Micky" Grudge (saxophone), Wayne Parris (trumpet), Alvin Haskin (original Trombone player on Movin), Duane Cahill (trombone), Joseph Arthur-Wong (guitar), and Randy Muller (lead vocals), later joined by Lee Evans on keyboards. Brass Construction reunited for a
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on November 28, 2005 at the Bataclan Arena in
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. Joseph Arthur-Wong died in 1998. Jesse Ward Jr. died in 2016. Drummer Larry Payton died on March 21, 2016.


Studio albums

Compilation albums

*''Golden Classics'' (1991,
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) *''The Best of Brass Construction: Movin' & Changin (1993,
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) *''Get Up to Get Down: Brass Construction's Funky Feeling'' (1997,
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) *''Classic Masters'' (2002, EMI/Capitol) *''Something for the Weekend: 10 Extended Soul Weekender Classics'' (2006, Stateside)


Band members

*Wade Williamston – Bass *Sandy Billups – Percussion *Morris Price – Trumpet *Larry Payton (1955 – March 21, 2016) – Drums *Jesse Ward Jr. ( – 2016) – Saxophone *Michael "Micky" Grudge – Saxophone *Wayne Parris – Trumpet *Alvin Haskin – Trombone *Duane Cahill – Trombone *Joseph Arthur-Wong ( – 1998) – Guitar *Randy Muller – Lead vocals *Lee Evans – Keyboard

See also

List of Number 1 Dance Hits (United States) This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by ''Billboard A billboard (also called a hoarding in the UK and many other parts of the world) is a large outdoor advertising structure (a billing board), typically found in high-traffic are ...
List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on ''Billboard magazine's'' Dance Club Songs chart. ''Billboard'' began ranking dance music on the week ending October 26, 1974, and this is the standard music popularity chart in the ...


External links

Official website
Randy Muller's official websiteBBC.co.uk review
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