Episode 209 - Marlon McClain

The Dazz Band, hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, made history as the first group from the city to win a Grammy Award for Best Performance by an R&B Group or Duo with their chart-topping hit, “Let It Whip,” in 1982. Known for their dynamic blend of R&B, funk, and soulful ballads, The Dazz Band dominated Billboard’s R&B and Pop charts with over 20 hits. Timeless classics such as “Let It Whip,” “Joystick,” “Swoop,” “You Are My Starship,” “Heartbeat,” “Party Right Here,” “Let It All Blow,” and “Keep It Live” have endured through the years, captivating a global audience.

In 1984, guitarist Marlon “The Magician” McClain became an integral part of The Dazz Band, contributing his extraordinary talents for a combined total of 35 years. Marlon, a self-taught musician, has left a lasting mark on the music industry as a writer, producer, arranger, and performer. His credits include collaborations with En Vogue, Toni Braxton, George Clinton, George Benson, Jeff Lorber, Kenny G, Charlie Wilson, Christine and the Queens, and more.

Marlon’s musical journey began as the guitarist and co-founder of Portland, Oregon’s well-known group Pleasure. Apart from his role in The Dazz Band, he has a passion for nurturing new talent, evident in his work with artists like his niece Whitney McClain and his son Marlon II, also known internationally as “Brando,” featured on the hit “Body” with Loud Luxury. With a legacy that spans decades, Marlon McClain continues to captivate audiences with his mastery as a guitarist and producer, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of music.