Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mantra

Mantra was an R&B/funk band from Orlando, Florida that consisted of singer Roger Harris, guitarist Paul Drennan, trumpet player David Webber, trombone player Henry Cleveland, keyboardist Eric Alexander and drummer Bobby Lovelace.
In 1981, the band released their only self-titled album on Casablanca Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted, but the album was produced by Larry Blackmon (the founder of R&B band Cameo).
The first single "Doin' It to the Bone" peaked at #79 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
The follow-up promo single "Action" didn't appear to make much impact on the charts and after that, it seemed as if Mantra faded into obscurity. 

In late 1982, Bobby Lovelace later became the drummer for R&B group Midnight Star and continues to perform with the group sporadically.

Roger Harris became the founder for funk band L.A. Connection. Henry Cleveland played trombone on various jazz and gospel music tracks during the 90s.

As for the other members, it's unknown what they are up to today.

To see a fan-made video for "Doin' It to the Bone," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9foUBbCms5c

To see a fan-made video for "Action," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvElm3cRrp8

1 comment:

Little Willie said...

This was a fantastic band. It was recorded at Bee Jay recording Studios in Orlando Florida. This is the same studio that Mixed Larry Blackon's number 1 album. Lots of big hits from around the world came out of this studio.