D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik's Hip Hop History Fact 2 of 30: The Year 1979 is and will always be regarded as a Pivotal Year in the History of Hip Hop widely because of this little known fact.
"King Tim III (Personality Jock)" is a song by NYC's Own The Fatback Band from the Disco Album "XII".
Released on July 25, 1979, several weeks before "Rapper's Delight" (which is widely regarded as the first commercially released hip hop song), this song is often cited as the beginning of recorded hip hop. The title refers to vocalist Tim Washington.
The Fatback Band or Fatback was the concept of Bill Curtis, an experienced session drummer, inspired to merge the "fatback" jazz beat of New Orleans into a funk band. In addition to Curtis, the band's initial line-up included guitarist Johnny King, bassist Johnny Flippin, trumpet player George Williams, saxophonist Earl Shelton, flautist George Adams, and keyboardist Gerry Thomas. The band specialized in playing "street funk". The group also later included conga player Wayne Woolford, vocalists Jayne and Gerry, Deborah Cooper saxophonist Fred Demerey, guitarist Louis Wright and George Victory.
The song was originally the B-Side of the 7-inch single, with the A-Side "You're My Candy Sweet" a mid-tempo disco song. However, 'Candy Sweet' stalled at #67 after 4-weeks on the R&B chart and was replaced the following week with "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" on the chart. It peaked at #26 on the R&B chart and stayed on for 11 weeks.
Here is a Live Performance of King Tim III performed by The Fatback Band at The Capital Center in Landover, MD in 1980
Without this Record & Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang respectively The doors would never have been able to be open to Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper this early in the Culture. Keep in mind that this is just a Short 6 Years almost to the Day after DJ Kool Herc played the 1st Hip Hop Jam at 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Boogie Down Bronx. Salute to You, Fatback Band for helping to break down the door and thus allowing This Culture become more sustainable & influential. This is D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik a.k.a. FOLLOWTHEHAT and this is My Hip Hop History Fact!! Happy Hip Hop History Month!!! #KNOWYOURHISTORY!!!