The rise of disco provided a shot in the arm for a number of R&B acts who had previously experienced fading popularity,. However for some it was the opposite. Groups like Kool and the Gang saw minor club hits with their early 1970s R&B style, but a failure to quickly adapt resulted in a fade in popularity. However, when Kool and the Gang did adapt late in the decade, they came roaring back to popularity in dance clubs.
Bazuka - "Dynomite" (A&M)
Bazuka was a studio only disco group put together by producer Tony Camillo. He was a veteran of 1960s and 1970s pop and R&B. Perhaps his best known project was co-producing Gladys Knight and the Pips' 1973 #1 pop hit "Midnight Train To Georgia."
Bimbo Jet - "El Bimbo" (Scepter)
Bimbo Jet was a French studio disco group that scored an international success with a disco interpretation of the song "El Bimbo." The song was a #1 pop smash at home in France and reached the top 10 in the UK. French orchestra leader Paul Mauriat also recorded a well-known version of the song.
Bohannon - "Foot Stompin' Music" (Brunswick)
Hamilton Bohannon first gained national notice when he was recruited as a drummer in 1964 to be part of 13 year old Stevie Wonder's national touring band. By 1973 he began recording as a solo artist under the one word name Bohannon. His heavily rhythmic approach was one of the building blocks of early disco.
Kay-Gee's - "Keep On Bumpin'" (Gang)
The Kay-Gee's formed as a vocal group in New Jersey with Kool and the Gang as mentors. The band was led by Kevin Bell, brother of Ronald Bell from Kool and the Gang. They used a similar approach to incorporating horns and funk into their style. "Keep On Bumpin'" is a single from the group's debut album Keep On Bumpin' and Masterplan.
Kool and the Gang - "Spirit Of the Boogie" (De-Lite)
Kool and the Gang in the mid-1970s were first and foremost a funk outfit. "Spirit Of the Boogie" is a deeply funky effort by the band, but it worked on the grittier, earthier dance floors of early disco. Kool and the Gang's second coming as a dance band was still four years down the road.
Rockin' HOrse - "Love Do Me Right" (RCA)
The first incarnation of Rockin' Horse appeared in the early 1970s with a distinct aim to revive the classic Liverpool, England Merseybeat sound with the album Yes It Is released in 1971. The group broke up in 1972, but member Billy Kinsley returned in 1975 with a new group operating under the name Rockin' Horse. This second incarnation evolved into the successful pop group Liverpool Express. "Love Do Me Right" blends disco and rock into an almost frenetic dance cut.