Average White Band (also AWB) is a Scottish funk and R&B band, who had a series of soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980. They are best known for their million selling song, "Pick Up the Pieces". 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, Too Short, Ice Cube, Nas and Arrested Development. As of 2010, and almost forty years after their formation, they continue to perform.
AWB is an album by Scottish funk band Average White Band, released in August 1974. An enormous best-seller, AWB was the Average White Band's breakthrough record, stunning many listeners with its soul and funk coming from a Scottish band.
AWB topped Billboard's Pop Albums and Black Albums charts. Its million-selling single "Pick Up The Pieces" knocked Linda Ronstadt's classic "You're No Good" out of #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
A 2004 expanded re-issue from Sony/Columbia in the UK includes a bonus CD with several demo session recordings made before the group joined Atlantic Records – taken from the so-called 'clover sessions'
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