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On this day in music history: July 28, 1980 - The self-titled debut album by Zapp is released. Produced by Roger Troutman and William “Bootsy” Collins, it is recorded at United Sound Studios in Detroit, MI from December 1979 - Early 1980. The debut album by the Dayton, OH R&B/Funk band will be the result of Roger Troutman’s childhood friend Bootsy Collins introducing him to Parliament/Funkadelic leader George Clinton. The pair will help the band secure a record deal with Warner Bros (then the home of both Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band). While Roger and Bootsy are working together on another song titled “Funky Bounce”, George Clinton (who happens to visit the studio that evening) will overhear the track in progress, hearing a particularly scintillating section of the groove, and suggest to the pair that they create another song around that hook, also using the talkbox. It will spin off two singles including “More Bounce To The Ounce” (#2 R&B, #86 Pop) and “Be Alright” (#9 R&B). “More Bounce” will go on to become one of the most widely sampled and influential records in history. “Zapp” will peak at #1 on the Billboard R&B album chart for 2 weeks, #19 on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.