Originally hailing from Trenton, Instant Funk originally consisted of Raymond Earl, Scotty Miller and guitarist Kim Miller. First getting their groove thing on as The Music Machine, the funkdafied trio became widely regarded as a successful back-up band for iconic ’70s music acts The Manhattans, the TNJs, Loleatta Holloway, The O’Jays and Evelyn Champagne King, in which they really put themselves on the music map performing back up on her monster ’70s hit, “Shame.”
It was also during this time that they would link up with soul singer Bunny Sigler for their first mainstream single, “Let Me Party With You,” which was released on former MFSB guitarist Norman Harris’ new record label Gold Mind. This would lead to the recording of “I Got My Mind Up,” but unfortunately. the label wound up folding right around the time of the release.
However, this struggle would only help the group after the song was delivered to Philly’s SalSoul records where famed DJ Larry Levan and music engineer Bob Blank got their headphones on it and whirled up a shimmering remix. The funk-alicious refiring first took over nightclubs in NYC, but it wasn’t long after that it would roller skate its way into the #1 spot on both the R&B and disco charts, as well as becoming a certified top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
While “I Got My Mind Up” was pretty much Instant Funk’s only mainstream hit, the group has close to a dozen tracks under their recording belt, including “Crying,” “Witch Doctor,” and “The Funk Is On,” all of which only further solidified that one-of-a-kind Phllly disco sound.
Because as everyone will hear this week, there was truly nothing like it.