Sly, Slick, and Wicked (Mod Squad, Strut)


Cleveland, 1969-present

Sly, Slick, and Wicked were one of Cleveland's best and biggest soul vocal groups of the 1970s. They recorded several national R&B hits and performed on Soul Train, one of only a few Cleveland artists of the era to do so. 

The group formed while students at John F. Kennedy high school in the Lee/Miles neighborhood of Cleveland. Originally the group was a self contained group of three singers and a band. They called themselves the Mod Squad after the popular TV show of the time. This group played school dances and Cleveland's R&B clubs. Sometime in 1969 they went to Boddie recording and did a live in studio session of their live show, all covers. The recording was saved on a LP acetate, and later issued as part of the Boddie recordings by the Numero Group label. 

Around 1970, with the members having graduated high school, the Mod Squad split into the band, which was named Bell Telefunk (later known as Kinsman Dazz and the Dazz Band), and the three member vocal group, which was named Sly, Slick and Wicked. A song by that name (recorded by a Chicago group, the Lost Generation). The group members were John Wilson ("Sly"), Charles Still ("Slick") and Mark Saxton ("Wicked").

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