Formed in New York City in 1970, The Fatback Band was the concept of Bill Curtis, an experienced session drummer, inspired to merge the “fatback” jazz beat ofNew Orleans into a funk band. In addition to Curtis, the band’s initial line-up included guitarist Johnny King, bassist Johnny Flippin, trumpet player George Williams, saxophonist Earl Shelton, flautist George Adams, and keyboardist Gerry Thomas. The band specialized in playing “street funk”. The group also later included conga player Wayne Woolford, vocalists Jayne and Gerry, Deborah Cooper saxophonist Fred Demerey, guitarist Louis Wright and George Victory.
“Let The Drums Speak” was released in 1975 as the b-side to “Yum Yum (Gimme Some) and it’s a very funky, almost instrumental danceable song, full of breakbeats and a great horn-part. No wonder it became a b-boy anthem.
Norman Cook sampled the song for his “Mighty Dub Katz” song with the same title.