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Episode 185: Keith Harrison

Keith Harrison is a Dayton, Ohio-based keyboardist, vocalist, and composer who was a founding member of the group Faze-O, whose 1977 song “Riding High” became a beloved late 70’s funk jam and, later, a classic hip-hop sample.

Clarence Satchell of the Ohio Players discovered and signed the group, which eventually evolved into Faze-O. Following his time with Faze-O, Keith joined the funk band Heatwave in Dayton and later became a member of the Cleveland-based group, the Dazz Band.

One of his notable achievements was writing the hit song “Let It All Blow” for the Dazz Band. Keith Harrison, along with the Dazz Band, received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1982 for their song “Let It Whip.” Remarkably, he stands as the sole Dayton funk legend with a Grammy to his name. Keith parted ways with the Dazz Band and retired from touring in 1992.

Throughout his illustrious career, Keith collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including Jeff Lorber, Ray Parker Jr., Ohio Players, George Clinton P-Funk All Stars, Lo-Key, Charlie Wilson, and Morris Day and the Time.

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