Thursday Throwback – B.T. Express

The band B.T. Express hails from Brooklyn, New York, and was a part of the local music scene as the The King Davis House Rockers.  Along with fellow Brooklyn-based band Brass Construction, they would become the foundation for “The Brooklyn Sound” of the early 1970s.  They changed their name to B.T. Express (which stood for Brooklyn Transit or Brooklyn Trucking Express, depending on whom you ask) but one thing was for sure: Their sound rocked the nation.  As B.T. Express, their 1974 debut release Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) made it to the top of the R&B chart thanks to the title cut as well as their follow up single, “Express.” Although considered a funk band, they also became extremely popular among the disco crowd thanks to Marlboro model turned disc jockey Tom Moulton, one of the pioneers of the 12-inch remix.  His extended version of “Do It” became a disco favorite, much to the band’s dismay.  Seems the band didn’t like their music being chopped up and remixed, but the song became a dance floor standard.  The band’s second release Non-Stop was also a number one album, accompanied by top 10 singles like “Give It What You Got” and “Peace Pipe.”  The band then added new members, including a young keyboardist named Michael Jones who later changed his name to Kashif Saleem.  The band continued to record through the early 1980s and performed through the latter part of the decade.  Members would eventually go their separate ways and pursue solo careers with varying degrees of success, most notably Kashif,  who became one of the hottest producers in the 1980s and ‘90s producing music for artists such as Evelyn “Champagne” King, Melba Moore, Howard Johnson and Whitney Houston.

 –Montrose Cunningham

Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughter, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.MontroseMusic.com, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.

 

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