Le Klass

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Although Le Klass came out of Augusta, Georgia, the urban contemporary unit sounded like it could have been from Minneapolis and reflected leader Nelson Curry's interest in The Minneapolis/St. Paul School…
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Although Le Klass came out of Augusta, Georgia, the urban contemporary unit sounded like it could have been from Minneapolis and reflected leader Nelson Curry's interest in The Minneapolis/St. Paul School of Funk-Rock. Curry, who formed the band in the 1980s, loved pop and rock as much as he loved soul and funk--and he clearly admired the way Minneapolis acts like Prince, the Time and Jesse Johnson combined all of those styles. Interestingly, Curry also claimed the Beach Boys as an influence, saying that he "admired the way they carried their harmonies." But there was no discernible Beach Boys influence in the recordings of Le Klass, which also consisted of Rod Nickerson (guitars, bass), Wayne Bowman (keyboards, background vocals), Allen Curry (keyboards) and Derrick Thomas (drums, percussion). Playing around Augusta, Le Klass acquired a small local following. In fact, one Augusta resident who told Curry he felt Le Klass had a lot of potential was none other than Soul Godfather James Brown.

In the late 1980s, Le Klass came to the attention of the L.A.-based producer Jay Warsinske, who in 1990, put out its debut album, School Of Cool on his AVC label. The catchy "That's What Love Can Do" was released as a single, but regrettably, neither the album nor the single took off. After that, Le Klass continued to play club dates in and around Augusta without ever becoming well known nationally.