1953 - 2016
Guitarist Jimi Macon, was an original Gap Band player from 1974. He had moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to join the group, and shortly thereafter, traveled with the band to California to connect with the record companies. Jimi was there as the band secured recording contracts with A&M Records and Tattoo Records (a subsidiary of RCA). In 1977, The Gap Band released their first album Out of the Blue. Jimi has recorded on all of The Gap Band albums produced and his credits include Gap Band V: Jammin’ (1983), The Gap Band 8 (1987), and Straight from the Heart (1988). Jimi is often recognized from his appearances with the band on television programs such as American Bandstand, Soul Train, and The American Music Awards. In addition to Jimi's performances with The Gap Band, he has also worked with James Brown, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Rufus, Bobby Womack, Solomon Burke, The Isley Brothers, Sly Stone, The Temptations, CeCe Winans, Johnny Taylor, and Kool & The Gang. Jimi left the world in 2016 but left his legacy for us to remember.