Uncle Ja(m)ms Army bio:
Originally known as The Night Time Players, the group was originally formed in 1974 by Rodger Clayton, Charles “Alvon” Woods, Alphonse Finn, Renord Collins, Pernell Prothro, Tony Willis and Barry Harris giving house parties at 911 Stonebryn Drive in Harbor City. In 1978 a trimmed down group Rodger Clayton, Charles Woods, Renord Collins and added Rodney Gardner to form Unique Dreams Entertainment.
Later that year Funkadelic released an album entitled Uncle Jam Wants You. The name Uncle Jamm’s Army hit home and was adopted. The group became the number-one dance promoters and DJs on the West Coast of the United States. Clayton was no stranger to the turntables as he organized his first house party back in 1973, playing such classics as “Right Place, Wrong Time” by Dr. John, “Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players, “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, “Get on the Good Foot” by James Brown, and his favourite band the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire.
Uncle Jam’s Army, along with Alonzo (Wrecking Crew) Williams (Gardena High Alum), were among the earliest hip-hop DJs on the West Coast and helped to bring the electro scene there. The group was influenced by Prince, Kraftwerk, East Coast electro. In the beginning, the Army first played funky disco but when Sugarhill Records started putting out great rap and funk hits, rap had finally reached the West Coast.
Major competitors during Uncle Jamm’s run to supremacy was L.S.D., Z-Cars (Curtis Garrett- Locke High), JC2 Production (John Carter-Locke High School) and Bay Phi Si/Westchester Bay Lockers (Curtis Jackson- Westchester High). In December 1978, Alpine Village was the site of the groups Breakout Dance. Packing the house, standing room only! They never looked back, they were on the road to the top.
In 1983, the DJ group expanded further and Uncle Jam’s recruited underground DJs and MCs who were creating a cult following. The most well-known being Greg “Egyptian Lover” Broussard, Tracy “Ice-T” Marrow (who used to dance for the group at the Sports Arena events), who was later a gangsta rap pioneer, and later Mark “DJ Pooh” best known for producing 3 Strikes and Friday 1, 2 & 3, and Bobby “DJ Bobcat” Ervin (Death Row Records). The group name also would change to the Uncle Jam’s Army (dropping one “M” in Jamm). The electronic sound of the group was influential on West Coast hip hop, as G-Funk pioneered by Dr. Dre continued the tradition of an electronic sound in hip-hop music. #wiki