The Educators Band—an off-shoot of the same-named group that came together in Washington, DC and made “Everybody Doing Their Thing (Parts 1 & 2)” (Dy-Rich DM 4538) there in the mid 1970s—is open for business:
Leader/saxophonist Ricco Richardson moved to South Carolina a few years after producing that funky 45 with Clifton Dyson, and he has been there ever since. Merging with a local group, Blackrock, and combining names as “Blackrock Educators”, Richardson was involved in their rarity “Isn’t It Nice” b/w “Give Into Love”, released on Bobby Cohen’s eponymous imprint in 1979. The Blackrock affiliation did not last very long, and Richardson reverted to his band’s original handle. In addition to the dynamic sax-man, the current line-up also consists of Gregg Johnson (lead guitar), Thomas Kelsey (bass guitar; ex-Profiles Band and Revue* of “Boo-Koo-Stump” Carolina Soul fame), and Tim Faber (drums; also ex-Profiles Band and Revue). Local South Carolinian “James Brown, Jr.” is available on request.
*Note: “Profiles” was actually a typographical error for “Profilers”. The defunct Columbia, South Carolina outfit is still remembered locally by their correct band name. Some music enthusiasts in town also remember their unmistakably-titled synthesizer-funk jam, “Boo-Koo-Stump” (Columbia World Of Music 0055-J), which you can hear at the end of this entry.
The current line-up again, in picture form (in upper advertisement only), from left to right, Kelsey, Johnson, Faber, and Richardson:
“Boo-Koo-Stump” by Profiles Band and Revue