Vernon Burch

Vernon Burch

    Though never achieving superstar status, singer and guitarist Vernon Burch had an impressive decade of hits from 1975-85, with a string of fun and funky hits.

    With elements of Parliament and many of the self-contained funk band of the era, Burch recorded for a half dozen labels, including stints on Columbia, United Artists and Casablanca. In the process, he landed big R&B and dance hits with “Do It To me” and “Changes,” and his dance hit “Get Up” became the foundation for the Deee-Lite smash hit “Groove Is In The Heart” more than a decade later.

    But many soul music fans may know Burch for his time working in a series of legendary R&B acts. He was a teenage prodigy when he joined The Delfonics’ band, and he later played with the Bar-Kays for a half decade.

    As the 2000s arose, Burch became a minister, and in 2011 recorded The Inside Out Project as Reverend Vernon Burch

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