(Read all about the Winstons after the video)
The Winstons were an American 1960s funk and soul music group, based in Washington, D.C., United States. They are known for their 1969 recording of an EP featuring a song entitled "Color Him Father" on the A-side, and "Amen, Brother" on the B-side. Half-way into "Amen, Brother", there is a drum solo (performed by G.C. Coleman) which would cause the EP to become the most widely sampled record in the history of electronic music. Sampled audio clips of the drum solo became known as the Amen Break, which has been used in thousands of tracks in a large number of musical genres, including drum and bass, hip hop, jungle, big beat, industrial and electronica.
The "Color Him Father" record sold over one million copies, and received a gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on 24 July 1969. It also won a Grammy Award for the Best Rhythm and Blues Song (1969).
The Winstons line-up included:
- Richard Lewis Spencer (tenor saxophone, lead vocals)
- Ray Maritano (alto saxophone, backing vocals)
- Quincy Mattison (guitar, backing vocals)
- Phil Tolotta (organ, co-lead vocals)
- Sonny Pekerol, J.Lee Zane (bass guitar, backing vocals)
- Gregory C. Coleman (drums, backing vocals)