The Cleveland-based Dazz Band was one of the more popular funk groups of the early '80s. Under that name, the group had two small hits in the U. After Calhoun left they changed their name to the Dazz Band in and signed to Motown. Invitation to Love, the band's first release for the record label, was released in Once the group veered away from the more melodic, pop-oriented dance music that dominated their debut and started playing a tougher, more groove-oriented funk, the Dazz Band began racking up the hits. While they never reached those heights again, the Dazz Band had a string of six consecutive Top albums that ran until ; during that time, they scored two other Top singles, "Joystick" and "Let It All Blow. The Dazz Band switched labels to Geffen in
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The name of the band is a portmanteau of the description "danceable jazz". The group was originally named Kinsman Dazz at the suggestion of Ray Calabrese, who would later become the band's manager along with Sonny Jones, owner of The Kinsman Grill, located near the street Bobby Harris grew up on, and where the band worked as a house band. Kinsman Dazz was signed to 20th Century Records in and the group expanded from the original quintet consisting of Harris, Calhoun, Pettus, and the Wiley brothers and added newcomers Ed Meyers trombone , Wayne Preston saxophonist , and Les Thaler trumpet. In , the group went to Los Angeles to record with producer Marvin Gaye. Due to illness, Gaye was unable to complete the project. Philip Bailey made significant contributions to the group's vocal arrangements and overall sound. He went on to co-produce the second album, Dazz in when the band achieved their second charting hit "Catchin' Up On Love". In , The Kinsman Dazz changed its name to The Dazz Band after being signed to Motown Records which simultaneously included a re-organization of members. In guitarist Eric Fearman was also added. The bands title track began a string of hits starting in March,
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