Dyke & The Blazers
This soul outfit (and former O’Jays backing band) rode a massive wave created by the 1966 single release "The Funky Broadway," the first song to ever use the word funky in the title. The resulting album, which was picked up in 1967 by the Original Sound label, highlighted the band’s gritty sound, which echoed that of peer James Brown. Songs from the album like "We Got More Soul” and "Let A Woman Be A Woman – Let A Man Be A Man” climbed the Billboard charts, the latter of which reached #4 on the R&B Singles chart. Though riding high, the group’s career came to a tragic end with the shooting death of frontman Dyke Christian in 1971.