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Today we wish a very happy birthday to the great Charlie Wilson, born January 29, 1953.

Charlie Wilson has had two Hall of Fame careers. First as part of the funky family trio, The Gap Band, and later with an incredible second act as a solo artist.

Formed in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 70s by brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson, the Gap Band largely mimicked musical pioneers George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire before developing their own distinctive sound in the early 80s that propelled them to the forefront of soul and funk music. Named as an acronym for three streets in Tulsa, the Gap Band spent most of the 70s as backing musicians or as the warm-up act for visiting artists ranging from the Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson.

The group recorded a couple minor albums in the mid-70s but received their first taste of national success only after signing with Mercury Records in 1979. Working with producer Lonnie Simmons, the Gaps hit the top of the Soul charts with the Clinton-inspired humorous cut "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance" (more commonly known for the repeated rap "Oops Upside the Head"). However, the group didn't distinguish itself from the remainder of the burgeoning pack of disco-funk groups until 1980's III, an excellent disc on which the Gap Band broke out of the shadow of its influences to establish its own brand of infectiously funky, electric sound characterized by the album's big hit, "Burn Rubber." The group showed its songwriting development with now classic gritty ballad "Yearning For Your Love," and the surprising piano ballad, "Nothing Comes to Sleepers."

As the music business changed in the late 2010s, as albums waned and individual songs on streaming platforms dominated, so did Wilson’s game. He teamed with talents ranging from Bruno Mars (“Forever Valentine”) to Smokey Robinson (“All of My Love”), and engaged his fans with hit single after hit single, in the process establishing himself as the most successful Urban Adult Contemporary male vocalist of all time. He also collaborated with several hip-hop artists on their projects, making his name a familiar one to his third generation of fans.

Now a wise elder statesman of R&B, Charlie Wilson is going stronger than ever, and we wish him a very happy birthday.

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