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Incredible Bongo Band

Michael Viner was a Bongo player who put together a bunch of session musicians to record some percussion heavy tracks for the soundtrack to the film, 'The Thing with Two Heads'. The 1972 film's premise is that a racist white doctor has his head transplanted onto the body of a black convict.

Viner continued with his pet project, now called 'Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band', and in 1973 released an album on the Pride label (an MGM subsidiary that he ran). The album, 'Bongo Rock', features 'Bongolia' as well as a version of The Shadows' 'Apache', featuring a seminal drum break, a favorite of early Hip Hop DJs and one of the most sampled ever. In 1974 they released a follow up, 'Return of The Incredible Bongo Band'. Other than Viner and Botkin, some of the musicians who contributed include Jim Gordon, King Errisson, Bobbye Hall, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Freda Payne and even Ringo Starr.

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