About The ZAPP BAND
Zapp (also known as the ZappBand or Zapp and Roger) is a soul and funk band formed in 1978 by brothers Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Lester Troutman, Terry Troutman, Bobby Glover and Gregory Jackson. Known for hits such as "More Bounce to the Ounce", "Dance Floor" and "Computer Love", the group was a partial source of inspiration to West Coast hip-hop and G-funk, which came out of the hand-clapped drum beat styled funk of Zapp's records. Roger's use of the talk box became another reason for the group's impact and its success.
The nucleus of Zapp circled around three of the five Troutman brothers: Lester, Larry and their younger brother Roger. The duo of Lester and Roger started several groups including Little Roger and the Vels. Larry eventually joined his brothers when their name became Roger and the Human Body, which also included youngest brother Terry. Larry was then the road manager and the leader of the group in terms of all major decisions and connections.
The name change to Zapp came courtesy of Terry, whose nickname was that of "Zapp". Discovered by members of P-Funk in 1979, the funk collective's leader George Clinton signed them to his Uncle Jam Records. When that label folded the following year, the group signed with P-Funk's parent label, Warner Bros. Records, and began working on their first record at united sound in Detroit album courtesy of co-production from Bootsy Collins.
Released in the late summer of 1980, Zapp's seminal self-titled debut album became a platinum success peaking at the top twenty of the Billboard Top 200 thanks to the success of their leading single, "More Bounce to the Ounce", which reached number two on the Hot Soul Singles chart.
Zapp's trek to fame continued within the Troutmans, who started Troutman Enterprises shortly after the Zapp album was released. Roger, who was the leader of the group, became famous for using the talk box in his recordings. He was also the band's producer. Within five years, the band scored more top ten R&B hits such as "Doo Wa Ditty", "I Can Make You Dance", "Heartbreaker", and ballads such as "Computer Love" and a cover of The Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby". "Dance Floor, Part 1" - managed to hit number-one on the R&B chart. By 1985's new Zapp IV, the group had scored over four gold records and had become a top concert draw all around the world.
Following the tragic deaths of Roger and Larry Troutman in 1999, the band took a break. A few years later, Zapp resurfaced after the establishment of its own independent label, Zapp Town Records. The label released Zapp VI: Back By Popular Demand in 2003. Zapp returned to performing live concerts, touring across the U.S – much to the delight of their fans.