James Knight & The Butlers - Virgorian Records


James Knight was born in Miami, Florida is an american musician, songwriter/ lead vocalist and record producer, most famous for his role as the frontman for, James Knight & the fabulous Butlers a band which played a critical role in the development of soul, heavy funk and soft rock in the 1970's. James Knight & the fabulous Butlers was started in Miami, Florida and eventually had artists from around the South Florida Area. at age of 2, James started to play drums and around the age of 6, James began to play and perform in his first caribbean band. at the age of 14 he began to pick up the guitar that his younger brother Leslie L. Lewis had purchase from a music store in the downtown area of Miami, Florida. By the time (Billy James Lewis aka James Knight)  was 15 years old he began to play guitar for top name artists like Sam & Dave, Betty Wright, Clarence Reed,  Gwen McCray, Franky Beverly (of the group Maze) and Ben E. King, and the list goes on. At 19 years old James Knight desided to travel a different past to stardem he form the group James Knight & the Butlers and began to travel from Miami, Florida to Northern Canada and the Newfoundlands. James Knight and the Butlers, became a over night sucess doing concerts with performers such as John Lee Hooker, The Chamber Brothers, The Persuaders, Muddy Waters, James Brown, Joe Simon Joe Tex and more.

James Knight and the Butlers, recorded the album the "BLACK KNIGHT" in 1970"s. James Knight was a songwriter / lead vocalist, who really barks it out there. They had a heavy funk sound and James Knight was their frontman. It’s a gritty, hard, southern soul sound that peaked just before the disco invasion. Apparently, James Knight & the Butlers only made this one album The Black Knight in the early seventies which include such  songs  as "Funky Cat", "I love You", "Save Me", Just My Love For You", "Fantasy World", "Cotton Candy", "Flyin' High" and "Uncle Joe". Other songs that were recorded by James Knight & the Butlers, "There Goes My Baby", "Get Funky", "EL Chicken", "NOTHIN", "There goes My Baby" (instructmental), "Space Guitar", and "Baby Please, Pretty Please", and then went on to other adventure's. Sounds a little like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, The Doors, The Guess Who, Three dog night, Buddy Miles, The Barkay's and Archie Bell and the Drells. James Knight & the Butlers was one of South Florida top rated band of the rock and funk era and there group performance was a site to see.

Formed in Miami, Florida comprised of: James Knight (songwriter/lead vocalist/ founder), Napoleon "cool" Williams (bass guitar), Roscoe Rice (drums), Ernest "snuff" Stewart (piano/ organ), Robert "flea" Johnson (trombone), Foster Newberry (trumpet), and Dwight "Hound" Jones (saxophone/ arrangement), Other group members were: Ernest "tim" Bethune (saxophone), Kenneth L. Washington (congo's),  Robert "blind" Jackson (drums), Ronnie Walker (saxophone), Jimmy 'jj' Jenkins (bass guitar), Greg Daniels (piano/ organ) and Gary Jones (trumpet).

James Knight and The Butlers: Black Knight

James Knight and The Butlers: Black Knight
James Knight and The Butlers: Black Knight


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