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Roy Ayers (°1940) is an American musician known for his work on the vibraphone and songs such as "Everybody Loves the Sunshine".

Other notable songs by Ayers include "Running Away", "Searching", "We Live in Brooklyn", "Don't Stop The Feeling", "Poo Poo La La" and "Sensitize" (co-written by Ayers protege' Wayne K. Garfield) which was sampled by rap star, Black Rob, in his debut platinum-plus cd title song, "Life Story". Roy Ayers recorded and toured with Nigerian superstar, Fela Kuti in the 1970s. The duo covered another Ayers song collaboration with Garfield-the provocative, "2000 Black" (Got To Be Free) from the international smash cd, "Africa-Center Of The World". It is worth noting that artist-writer-producer, Jazzy B of the hit act, Soul II Soul, mentioned during a group appearance on the famed-American music television show, "Soul Train", that the inspiration to form the band came from listening to "Africa-Center Of The World". Ayers was also responsible for the soundtrack to Jack Hill's 1973 blaxploitation film Coffy which starred Pam Grier.


At the age of five, Lionel Hampton gave him his first pair of mallets, which led to the vibraphone being his trademark sound for decades. The area of Los Angeles Ayers grew up in, now known as "South Central", but then known as "South Park", was the epicenter of the Southern California Black Music Scene. The schools Roy attended (Wadsworth Elementary, Nevins Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School) were all close to the famed Central Avenue, Los Angeles' equivalent of Harlem's Lenox Avenue and Chicago's State Street. On any given day, Roy would have been likely to be exposed to music as it not only emanated from the many nightclubs and bars in the area, but also poured out of many of the homes where the musicians who kept the scene alive stayed in and around Central. Thomas Jefferson High School, from which Ayers graduated, gave to the music and jazz worlds some of its brightest stars like Dexter Gordon and Ginger Smock Shipp. This is perhaps where Roy contracted the infection of music that still courses through his veins today.



  • West Coast Vibes (United Artists) – 1963
  • Virgo Vibes (Atlantic) – 1967
  • Daddy Bug & Friends (Atlantic) – 1967
  • Stoned Soul Picnic (32 Jazz) – 1968
  • Daddy’s Back (Atco) – 1969
  • He's Coming (Polydor) – 1971
  • Ubiquity (Polydor) – 1971
  • Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival (Verve) – 1972
  • Coffy (soundtrack) (Polydor) - 1973
  • Virgo Red (Polydor) – 1973
  • Change Up The Groove (Polydor) – 1974
  • A Tear To A Smile (Polydor) – 1975
  • Mystic Voyage (Polydor) – 1975
  • Everybody Loves the Sunshine (Polydor) - 1976
  • Red, Black And Green (Polydor) – 1976
  • Vibrations (Polydor) – 1976
  • Crystal Reflections (Muse) – 1977
  • Lifeline (Polydor) – 1977
  • Let’s Do It (Polydor) – 1978
  • Step Into Our Life (Polydor) – 1978
  • You Send Me (Polydor) – 1978
  • Fever (Polydor) – 1979
  • Love Fantasy (Polydor) – 1980
  • No Stranger To Love (Polydor) – 1980
  • Prime Time (Polydor) – 1980
  • Music Of Many Colors (With Fela Kuti) (Celluloid) – 1980
  • Africa, Center Of The World (Polydor) – 1981
  • Feelin’ Good (Polydor) – 1981
  • In The Dark (Columbia) – 1984
  • You Might Be Surprised (Columbia) – 1985
  • I’m The One (For Your Love Tonight) (Columbia) – 1987
  • Searchin’ (Live) (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House) – 1991
  • Drive (Ichiban) – 1992
  • Wake Up (Ichiban) – 1992
  • Double Trouble (With Rick James) (Uno Melodic) – 1992
  • Good Vibrations (Live) (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House) – 1993
  • Fast Money (Live At Ronnie Scott’s) (Castle) – 1994
  • Vibesman (Live At Ronnie Scott’s) (Music Club) – 1995
  • Nasté (Groovetown) – 1995
  • Hot (Live At Ronnie Scott’s) (Ronnie Scott's Jazz House) – 1996
  • Spoken Word (AFI) – 1998
  • Lots Of Love (Charly) – 1998
  • Juice (Charly) – 1999
  • Live At Ronnie Scott’s (DVD Audio) (Castle) – 2001
  • For Café Après-midi (Universal Japan) – 2002
  • Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 (Rapster) – 2004
  • Mahogany Vibe (Rapster) – 2004
  • Virgin Ubiquity II: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981 (Rapster) – 2005
  • Virgin Ubiquity Remixed (Rapster) – 2006
  • Perfection (Aim) – 2006

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