The Gap Band


The Gap Band are one the artists you’ll hear on The Beat Chicago. They’re today’s featured artist on our Hump Day Classics.

We’ll start out with a great concert from 1999 as part of Sinbad’s Music Festival. Below the concert, you’ll find some of their great music videos and more.

We should note that back then, Chicago’s 103.5 FM became Jammin’ Oldies – 103.5 FM The Beat and The Gap Band was part of a massive concert day where Charlie Wilson and the boys put on an amazing show similar to this.

Let’s throw it back to 1999 with The Gap Band as they throw it back even further.


The Gap Band was a multi-platinum, American R&B and funk band that rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. The band consisted of brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson; and they were named after streets (Greenwood, Archer, and Pine) in the historic Greenwood neighborhood in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group shortened its name to The Gap Band in 1973. After 43 years together, they retired in 2010. Charlie Wilson is still active today (2018), still touring and still releasing great new music. Sadly, Robert Wilson died of a heart attack at his home in Palmdale, California in 2010.

The band is known for their amazing, high-energy shows and have opened for such artists as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and more. Yes, that’s some diversified sh*t right there folks.

Since the 1990s, many of The Gap Band’s hits have been sampled and covered by R&B and hip hop artists such as II D Extreme, Brand Nubian, Tyler, the Creator, 69 Boyz, Ashanti, Big Mello, Blackstreet, Mary J. Blige, Da Brat, Ice Cube, Jermaine Dupri, Mia X, Nas, Rob Base Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, Soul For Real, Vesta (Williams) and more. Heavy D sampled “Outstanding” for “Every Little Thing” a 1995 hit single by his boy band prodigies Soul For Real, which reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Other musicians inspired by The Gap Band include Guy, Aaron Hall, Jagged Edge, Bill Heausler, Mint Condition, R. Kelly, Ruff Endz, Keith Sweat, Joe Miller, GRiTT, The Delta Troubadours, and D’Extra Wiley. On August 26, 2005, The Gap Band was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI Urban Awards. The honor is given to a creator who has been “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers”. “Outstanding” alone remains one of the most sampled songs in history and has, astonishingly, been used by over 150 artists.

Check out some of their biggest hits and videos below


Find the Gap Band playing in many of the mixes we feature each weekend on our Friday Night Jams and Saturday Night Live Ain’t No Jive Chicago Dance Party. Click here for mixes