nstant Funk came out of Trenton, New Jersey consisting of Raymond Earl, Scotty Miller and guitarist Kim Miller. The group was then called The Music Machine and they were very successful as a back-up band for The Manhattans, Bunny Sigler and also the TNJs. Throughout their careers, Instant Funk would be the back-up band for many stars, includingLou Rawls, Loleatta Holloway, The O’Jays, MFSB, Curtis Mayfield and Evelyn Champagne King (they are the backing band on the hit single, “Shame”).
The group relocated to Philadelphia in 1976 to release its first album, Get Down With the Philly Jump, as they started to formulate their own sound. The group followed this album up with a release for former MFSB guitarist Norman Harris‘ new record labelGold Mind, with front man Bunny Sigler entitled “Let Me Party With You”.
The Gold Mind label folded, and Instant Funk’s new cut “I Got My Mind Made Up” was transferred to the Salsoul label, which pushed the record heavily to all of the disco clubs. Theremix of this song by club DJLarry Levan and engineer Bob Blank quickly became the talk of Manhattan. “I Got My Mind Made Up” hit #1 on both the R&B and disco charts and #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 1979. The group’s eponymous first album on Salsoul was also a hit, reaching #1 R&B and being certified gold disc status.
2014 Oral history interview with the Trenton Makes Music First Seminar Class – Scotty Miller, Kym Miller, Robert Earl, Larry English