• BLACK MUSIC MONTH PIONEERS: Dayton’s Own ZAPP

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    Zapp, also known as the Zapp Band or Zapp and Roger, is a soul and funk band originated in 1978 out of Dayton, OH. The band was formed by a group of brothers Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Lester Troutman, Tony Troutman, and Terry “Zapp” Troutman.

    The group became famous for their style of electro funk which was becoming popular at the time through artists such as George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, who actually made a pact with Roger Troutman to help each other get on if one of them made it first. That pact between Bootsy and Roger would be the first break Zapp needed to get national exposure. The electo funk era was recognized for it’s funky sound and heavy use of the keyboard and synthesizer. Zapp also had a signature sound with Roger’s use of the talk box. This added to the groups success.

    With the help of Bootsy and George Roger and Zapp secured their first record deal with Warner Brothers Records and released their debut self titled album in 1980. Since that time the band had seen their share of success scoring over four gold records and becoming a top concert draw around the world by 1985.

    Today Zapp remains one of the pioneers of Hip Hop and R&B. The emergence of the autotune sound effect in most of today’s music is an example of how their electro funk and unique style has made a lasting impression of artists and fans alike.

    Central Ohio Stand up and be proud of one of our own, Zapp.

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