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The Phoenix band Dyke & the Blazers picked up on the rhythms, bass and organ innovations of James Brown
's band and released "Funky Broadway - Part I" in 1967, the first black dance single with the name "Funky" in the title. "Funky Broadway" was later covered by Wilson Pickett, resulting in a #1 R&B hit.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, the band got stranded in Phoenix, Arizona while backing The O'Jays
Vocalist Arlester "Dyke" Christian was shot to death in 1971.