"Foot Stompin Music" is a tune by Hamilton Bohannon (March 7, 1942 – April 24, 2020), often credited and known professionally simply as BOHANNON, was an American percussionist, band leader, songwriter, arranger, and record producer, who was one of the leading figures in 1970s disco music.
An artist that I unfortunately had very little knowledge of. But by an incident when I was out digging records in a second hand shop, the record "Inside Out" appeared and I became curious. Even as an old DJ, there is not much disco that is bought these days when the word is on the cover, I usally just put it back, but when the word "Stomp" is used, it is usually funk, which I really like, so the record had to go home. This one had a great groove, even if it is done with a little disco feeling, so I am happy with the purchase and have to share it.
When Motown moved from Detroit to Los Angeles, BOHANNON stayed behind to form his own ensemble, featuring members of local band, THE FABULOUS COUNTS and including such musicians as RAY PARKER JR. and DENNIS COFFEY. He signed in 1972 with the Dakar label run by producer Carl Davis, and released his debut album Stop & Go in early 1973. This was followed by five more albums for the label over the next two years, on which he "perfected his formula of heavy, thudding bass accents and aggressive rhythms". Although several of his tracks were club hits, he had limited chart success. His first hit single, in 1974, was "South African Man", which reached no. 78 on the Billboard R&B chart, but had more success in the UK, where it reached no. 22 on the UK Singles Chart. This was followed up in 1975 by "Foot Stompin Music" – his only record to reach the US Billboard Hot 100 – and "Disco Stomp", his biggest hit in the UK where it reached no. 6. See it below.
Much of his music has been widely sampled, most notably on Chicago DJ/producer PAUL JOHNSON's 1999 hit "Get Get Down" which heavily sampled BOHANNON's "Me and the Gang." Other musicians who have used samples of his music include JAY Z, DIGABLE PLANETS, and SNOOP DOGG. His name was also repeatedly invoked in the TOM TOM CLUB song "Genius of Love." His composition "Ooh!" was included on MARY J. BLIGE's album "Love & Life in 2003".
In later years BOHANNON produced a new singer, GOVERNOR, on Atlantic Records, as well as working on material with his son, HAMILTON BOHANNON II, and publishing an audiobook memoir of his early years in the music business, "Bohannon Speaks from the Beginning".
BOHANNON was a devout Christian and dedicated his album "Dance Your Ass Off" to "God, my master, savior and Jesus Christ". The album also included a disclaimer that "Dance Your Ass Off is not used in the sense of profanity."
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