FlashBack Video of the Day: Dr. Buzzards Original Sunshine Band

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band as a Brooklyn, NY group that in the 1970s, got a good amount of props doing sort of a a creative throwback thing for that time frame - doing a 1930s jazz and latin music blended style combined with the dancefloor ready "4 On The Floor" beats during the Disco Era.

Their lineup consisted of lead singer (and the only female of the crew) Cory Daye, guitarist/pianist Stony Browder Jr., bass player August Darnel, vibe player Andy Hernandez and drummer Mickey Sevilla.

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band released 3 albums total from 1976 - 1979 - their self titled debut, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Meets King Pennett and Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington.

The group was later brought back as Dr. Buzzard's Savannah Band by member Stony Browder, Jr. and released the Calling All Beatniks album in 1984. In the meantime, Cory Daye did her only solo album, Cory and Me, in 1979 which had the hits "Green Light" and "Pow Wow".

Members August Darnell and Andy Hernandez founded the group, Kid Creole and the Coconuts in the 1980s, which was one of the more successful spinoffs of Dr. Buzzard's Savannah Band. They have had a string of albums and hits in the since their creation in the 1980s, including the song on the Downtown 81 Movie Soundtrack (the movie that was done by artist Jean Michel Basquiat about the 1980s NYC scene), "K Pasa-Pop" with Coati Mundi.

A lot of their work has been sampled by the music artists of the Hip-Hop generation, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Doug. E. Fresh and M.I.A., just to name a few folks.

The Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band's albums alone to me are worth the while to purchase for folks who like creative dance music in general and to peep a lot of the undercover lyrical commentary that's being said on a lot of things, from relationships to poverty to politics (especially on the Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington album) and just life in general.

The video we chose below was one of their biggest hits from their first self-titled album Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (released in 1976), "Cherchez La Femme".

I know this track was on the movie soundtracks for Boyz N The Hood and 54 and gets bumped relatively often on the "Old School"/"Classics" radio station formats.

And lastly, on an interesting note to show how far things can go in this the music business, the "Tommy Mottola" mentioned on "Cherchez La Femme" who was the group's manager back in the day is the long lasting music executive who is currently the co-owner of Casablanca Records and was head of Columbia Records for over 15 years (as well as singer Mariah Carey's former man).

Check out the video and I hope everyone enjoys!

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Cherchez La Femme

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Hard Times mp3 Download (sample used by De La Soul and a few other folks)

Bonus Video: Ghostface Killah feat. U-God - Cherchez La Ghost (Hip-Hop Song that sampled Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band's "Cherchez La Femme" joint)

Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band MySpace Fan Page

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Wikipedia Listing

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Article

Kid Creole and The Coconuts Official MySpace Page