Lost Gem: AWB brightened our day with "Cloudy"

In the decade when funk music grew up, a number of self-contained bands made their mark on the music world, and none more than a seemingly out-of-place group of white guys from Scotland. With a self-deprecating group name, great guitar work and the tightest horn section this side of Tower of Power, the Average White Band stormed onto the U.S. charts in 1974 with their the across-the-board instrumental hit "Pick Up the Pieces," and it began a ten year run of chart dominance and a group of now classic songs that have been played by radio ever since, and re-recorded by dozens of other artists.

In addition to the funky jams that AWB is known for, the group also delivered some incredible slow songs. One of them that wasn’t a huge chart hit but which has grown into a favorite over the years is the melancholy classic, “Cloudy,” perhaps best captured on the group’s 1976 concert album, Person to Person.

In the decade when funk music grew up, a number of self-contained bands made their mark on the music world, and none more than a seemingly out-of-place group of white guys from Scotland. With a self-deprecating group name, great guitar work and the tightest horn section this side of Tower of Power, the Average White Band stormed onto the U.S. charts in 1974 with their the across-the-board instrumental hit "Pick Up the Pieces," and it began a ten year run of chart dominance and a group of now classic songs that have been played by radio ever since, and re-recorded by dozens of other artists.

In addition to the funky jams that AWB is known for, the group also delivered some incredible slow songs. One of them that wasn’t a huge chart hit but which has grown into a favorite over the years is the melancholy classic, “Cloudy,” perhaps best captured on the group’s 1976 concert album, Person to Person.

This incredible live performance of “Cloudy” is today’s SoulTracks Lost Gem. Check it out below and enjoy AWB all over again.

Average White Band - "Cloudy" (Live)

 

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