Music Biography for Lamar Webster
Bassist Lamar Webster grew up in the Midwestern town of Dayton, Ohio, and by age 12 had taught himself, by ear, to play keys, guitar, and bass. Growing up in Dayton meant being exposed to several musicians, who later became famous in their own right, including The Ohio Players, The Majestics, The Fabulous Originals, and Lakeside, among others. Currently, Lamar is the editor of an online newsletter called the DMG (Dayton Musicians Guide), which details the rich musical history of the local Dayton music community, focusing on the era from the mid 1960s.
A self proclaimed historian of the Dayton Funk music genre in particularly, the DMG newsletter has been in existence for the last few years. It is forwarded across the country for fans of famous, Dayton musicians and many others, not as famous, but just as talented. Because of his efforts, research, and work preserving the history, the local Dayton music community is paying tribute to Lamar and the DMG with a show at Gilly’s Jazz night club in Dayton, on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 7 PM.
Lamar learned, by watching other Dayton groups at various talent shows and battle of the bands, alongside many who would later become famous, like The Ohio Players, Lakeside, Zapp & Roger, Slave, Faze-O, Platypus, and Heatwave. After graduating from Nettie Lee Roth HS in Dayton, Lamar played, briefly, with a top flight group the Soul Experience, and a few other bands. Eventually, with his brother Dallas Webster, he started a band called Cypress, a self contained band, which later became Record Player. Record Player was one of the top cover Funk bands in the area, and they opened for several acts including the Bar-Kays, Al Hudson & One Way, Captain Sky and Bobby Blue Bland.
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