Dyke & the Blazers have their own sad story to tell. Besides Dyke writing this song, their greatest claim to fame was opening for the O'Jays (of "For The Love Of Money
" fame). "Funky Broadway" didn't chart for them, but they did get two songs onto the Top-40, both in 1969: "We Got More Soul"(#35) and "Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man Be A Man"(#36). They were rising stars, even to the point of James Brown paying them a visit and acknowledging some influence. Tragically, Arlester "Dyke" Christian was shot to death (by an "unstable man," the reports say) while sitting in his car in a parking lot in Phoenix, Arizona, when he was just 27 years old. This brought the band to an end, since he was both frontman and driving force.