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Formed in 1978, by The King of Punk Funk, Rick James, The Original Stone City Band served as Rick's exclusive recording and touring band from the beginning and through the height of his care. Considered by many of their peers to be one of the "Greatest Live Performing Funk/Rock Bands". The Stone City Band includes original members Tom McDermott, Lanise Hughes and Nate Guido Hughes. For more than 3 decades, this legendary band provided the sounds heard on recordings by Funk legend Rick James, Teena Marie, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Mary Jane Girls, MC Hammer, and Eddie Murphy to name a few. Their sound can be heard on countless recordings and samplings by many of today's Hip Hop artists. On any given day you'll hear a commercial the radio/TV, or see a television show or movie, and hear that distinctive signature sound of Rick James' Original Stone City Band, with it's pulsating bass lines and irresistible rhythms!