The first major hit for the Gap Band was a snazzy juke toon called "Shake." Just prior to the completion of their first album, Charlie Wilson cited the song for his brothers thinking they might ridicule the lyric. His brothers loved it though, and the song was a smash number four single on the R&B charts, elevating the group to national status.
Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, the Wilson brothers began singing and playing in their father's penacostal church, and it was also mandatory they practice their music lessons at home as well. They learned various instruments which primarily included the piano. As much as they despised the lessons at the time, it proved to be a value tool for all three.


With Ronnie being the oldest, he established his own band by the age of 14. Charlie, a few years younger, joined a rival band a couple of years later. One night the two bands were performing across the street from one another. Ronnie stopped by to check out Charlie grooving on the organ. While there, Ronnie asked Charlie to join his band for $50 over what he is was making. Though Charlie's bandmates doubled his offer, he joined his brother's band, as Ronnie gave him no choice.

At a gig not too long after the two had joind forces, the group's bass player quit and Ronnie and Charlie summoned their younger brother Robert, barely 14, to the group to play bass. For a short while, the band performed without a name. Finally they began going by the name the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Streets Band. As advertising such a name on posters became too lengthy, the group shortened the name to the G. - A. - P. Street Band. Due to a typographical error, the group was advertised as G A P Band and it stuck.

Charlie Wilson has been one of most sought after vocalist in the music industry. He has worked with Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Eurythmics, Snoop Dogg and scores of others. The Gap Band has recorded for various labels, including Mercury and Capitol Records. The group has remained together enduring the good with the bad. They are still actively recording and touring the U.S. and abroad.

The Gap Band & Charlie Wilson is available for dates throughout 2006!


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