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Obama sings the praises of Dundee soul band


Barack Obama has revealed he is a fan of Dundee soul group the Average White Band.

The former US president told how he loved listening to the band while growing up and described them as “outstandin­g”.

The soul and funk band, formed in 1972 by friends who met at a Dundee art college, gained worldwide success including a number one hit in the US with Pick Up The Pieces.

Obama brought up the band in an episode of his podcast series with American music legend Bruce Springstee­n.

During a discussion about the racial make-up of groups, Obama, 59, told Springstee­n he was not aware his E Street Band had black members when he was young but he knew the Average White Band had an allwhite line-up.

He said: “I didn’t know that. I hate to date you brother but I was in high school. I didn’t know you had a half-white, half-black band.

“Not only did you not have the internet and video but music was still categorise­d.

“I knew the Average White Band was all white. Those are some Scottish guys and those guys could jam by the way.

“I loved them, loved them. They were outstandin­g.”

Born To Run singer Springstee­n, 71, also said he was a fan of the band’s music.

Fans of the Average White Band were delighted they got a name-check from the former White House chief.

The band was formed by Alan Gorrie, Roger Ball and Malcolm “Molly” Duncan and are one of the most sampled in music history – used by the likes of the Beastie Boys, TLC and Ice Cube.

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