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GAP BAND, The

USA funk band formed early '70s by Wilson brothers Ronnie (trumpet, keyboards; Charles, lead vocals, keyboards; Robert, bass. Sang in father's church in Tulsa OK; named band after initials of three local streets. Became Leon Russell's back-up band (own LP Magician's Holiday '74 for his Shelter label); single "This Place Called Heaven' on A&M; then three Mercury LPs all charted '79-80, four more '82-5 on Total Experience incl. Gold Gap compilation '85. String of top 10 hits in black chart incl. no. ones "Burn Rubber On Me' '81 from Gap Band III, "Early In The Morning' and "You Dropped A Bomb On Me' '82, both on biggest-selling (no. 14) LP Gap Band IV; last two hits also made pop top 40. Gap Band V was subtitled Jammin', went top 30.