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Funky Nassau The Beginning Of The End (NEW MIX) YouTube

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In the early 1970s, Stone had a strong studio team of musicians, writers and producers/arrangers, including Willie Clarke, Willie "Little Beaver" Hale, and Clarence Reid. He expanded his roster of labels and artists, starting with the Alston label. Alston was first distributed through Atlantic before the merger with the Warner conglomerate and had hits such as Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman" (#6 pop and #2 R&B in 1971), and Beginning Of The End's "Funky Nassau" (#15 pop and #7 R&B in 1971). Stone reactivated the Glades label with Timmy Thomas' million selling "Why Can't We Live Together" in 1972 (#3 pop and #1 R&B), the first nationally distributed record by the TK Corporation, and Latimore's "Let's Straighten It Out" (#31 pop and #1 R&B in 1974). But Stone's greatest worldwide triumph came during the mid-seventies after he founded TK Records from a set of warehouses in Hialeah, Florida (an industrial area west of Miami), and brought a roster of independent labels to worldwide success. If TK's success was originally based on the ability of Stone and Alaimo to discover new talent, the first hits came through recruiting two kids who were working in the warehouse, packing records for Stone: Harry Wayne Casey (aka "KC") and Richard Raymond Finch (a student recording engineer). The two would talk about music and songs, and started writing songs together. Soon Casey and Finch started the "Sunshine Junkanoo Band" (almost immediately shortened to the "Sunshine Band") to record and produce their own songs and the golden era of TK Disco began. Eventually, they wrote and produced most of the big TK hits, not only for KC & the Sunshine Band, but starting with George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" (#1 pop and #1 R&B in June 1974) and "I Get Lifted" (#37 pop and #8 R&B in January 1975), as well as the whole of McCrae's first album. "Rock Your Baby" was reportedly done in just two takes. "The Beginning of the End" - "Funky Nassau" Raphael(Ray)Munnings Songwriter/singer keyboards, Leroy(Roy)Munnings Guitar, Frank(Bud)Munnings Drums & Percussion, Fred Henfield Bass, Neville Sampson Trumpet and Ralph Munnings saxophone.