Average White Band

Formed 1971.
Average White Band


Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band that had a series of soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980. They are best known for their million-selling instrumental track "Pick Up the Pieces", and their albums AWB and Cut the Cake. The band name was initially proposed by Bonnie Bramlett. They have influenced others such as the Brand New Heavies, and been sampled by various musicians including the Beastie Boys, TLC, The Beatnuts, Too Short, Ice Cube, Eric B. & Rakim, Nas, and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as Arrested Development – making them the fifteenth most sampled act in history. As of 2012, forty years after their formation, they continue to perform.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Let's Go Round Again: The Best of the Average White Band

    Let's Go Round Again: The Best of the Average White Band 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The greatest purveyors of Scottish soul funk in the world!
  2. Review of AWB

    AWB 1974

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Truly was Celtic soul; slippery, gritty, as dirty as you like
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