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  • Phil Upchurch (2001)

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    Phil Upchurch began playing in R&B backing bands, including those of The Kool Gents, The Dells, and The Spaniels. He eventually formed the Phil Upchurch Combo, and their song "You Can't Sit Down" reached the US Top 30 in 1961 and the UK Top 40 on its reissue five years later. Upchurch later appeared on albums by Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Howlin' Wolf. In the 1970s Upchurch appeared on several fusion albums, including Grover Washington, George Benson and The Crusaders. One album in particular is George Benson's 1976 album, Breezin'. Phil Upchurch plays rhythm guitar, except for "Breezin'" and "Six to Four" where he plays bass. In the 1980s he appeared on Marlena Shaw's "Could It Be You". He has also collaborated with Chaka Khan, Booker T. Jones, Leroy Hutson and Michael Jackson.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Phil Upchurch Tell the Truth Jack of Speed (Evidence)
    # 2 Miles Davis Nefertiti Nefertiti (Columbia)
    # 3 Take Six He Is Christmas Little Drummer Boy (Warner Bros)
    # 4 Jimmy Smith The Champ The Champ (Blue Note)
    # 5 Donny Hathaway The Best of Donny Hathaway Song for You (Atlantic)
    # 6 Kim Burrell Everlasting Life Over and Over Again (Tommy Boy)
    # 7 John Williams Concierto de Aranuez Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo (Sony)
    # 8 Phil Upchurch Solo Guitar Gershwin Prelude #2 (www.philupchurch.com)
             
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