The Gap Band was an American R&B and funk band which rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. Composed of brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson, the band first formed as the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band in 1967, 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.
After having grown up with a Pentecostal minister father, Ronnie Wilson formed the Greenwood, Archer, and Pine Street Band in 1967, named after the most prosperous black communities of all time - Black Wallstreet, which was bombed during a race riot in 1921, with Tuck Andress (later of Tuck and Patti), Roscoe "Toast" Smith, and Chris Clayton. In 1972, Ronnie's younger brother Charlie joined the band, and in 1973, their younger brother Robert became the band's bassist. Eventually, the band would be condensed to a trio composed of Ronnie, Robert, and Charlie Wilson.
Early on, the group took on a funk sound reminiscent of the early 70s. This style failed to catch on, and their first two LP's, 1974's Magician's Holiday and 1977's The Gap Band (not to be confused with their 1979 album) failed to chart or produce any charting singles. However, they were introduced to LA producer Lonnie Simmons, who signed them to his record label, Total Experience Records. Simmons had recently gotten a distribution deal with Mercury/PolyGram.
The Wilsons are brothers. They are cousins of William "Bootsy" Collins (Parliament, Bootsy's Rubber Band).
Named after three streets in their native Tulsa, Oklahoma: Greenwood, Archer, and Pine.