Sample of the Week #7 – Switch

This week's SOTW is by R&B group Switch.

Here’s the Memorial Day special: There’ll Never Be by Switch.

Switch is a R&B/Funk band that rose to promise in the late 1970s. As all killer R&B/Funk acts of the day they hailed from Ohio. Members of this act included brothers Tommy & Bobby DeBarge of DeBarge family fame. As well as the younger brother of the oft sampled James Ingram, Philip Ingram.

There’ll Never Be was released in 1978 on Switch’s self-titled released, Switch. Bobby DeBarge was the lead vocalist of the group up until both DeBarge brothers left to help create their family DeBarge group.

Bobby DeBarge.
Bobby DeBarge, late 1970s.

There’ll Never Be is in the key of G and is a mellow number around 158BPM. The track starts off with a groovy bassline played by Tommy DeBarge, with a complimentary electric guitar riff that plays off the groove. Michael McGloiry played electric guitar with Switch from the bands foundation to its current incarnation. Drums were played by Howie Carbaugh who like McGloiry stayed with the band after the DeBarge brothers departure in 1984.

The original Switch Lineup.

There is a pretty soft guitar solo played in the middle of the song. The vocals and horn section really give this song that typical R&B slow jam vibe that makes it an instant classic in my book. The back ground vocals provided by the rest of the band really make this song a treat to chop up. Lots of elements in this one can be flipped six different ways from Sunday.

Until next post,


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