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Mother's Finest is an American funk rock band founded in Atlanta, Georgia, by the vocal duo of Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy and Glenn "Doc" Murdock in 1970 when the pair met up with guitarist Gary "Moses Mo" Moore and bassist Jerry "Wyzard" Seay. Their music is a blend of funky rhythms, heavy rock guitars and expressive soul/R&B-style vocals. The group charted with the singles "Fire" (No. 93 Pop Singles), "Baby Love" (No. 79 Black Singles, No. 58 Pop Singles), "Don't Wanna Come Back" (No. 54 Black Singles), "Love Changes" (No. 26 Black Singles), and "Piece of the Rock" in the mid- to late 1970s.

Mother's Finest issued its debut album Mother's Finest in 1972 on RCA; a second album for RCA remained unreleased until it surfaced as bonus tracks on the 2010 Wounded Bird re-issue of Mother's Finest. The group signed a new contract with Epic Records and released its sophomore effort, also titled Mother's Finest, in 1976, stirring up controversy with the ironic "Niggizz Can't Sang Rock 'n' Roll" Riding a wave of success, the band's next three albums, Another Mother Further (1977), Mother Factor (1978) and Mother’s Finest Live (1979), all went gold, helped along by heavy touring opening for the likes of Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, The Who, Aerosmith and AC/DC. Usually stealing the spotlight from them in the process.



  • Mother's Finest (1972), RCA Records
  • Mother's Finest (1976), Epic Records|
  • Another Mother Further (1977), Epic
  • Mother Factor (1978), Epic
  • Live (1979), Epic
  • Iron Age (1981), Atlantic Records
  • One Mother to Another (1983), Epic
  • Looks Could Kill (1989), Capitol Records
  • Subluxation (1990), RCA – live album
  • Black Radio Won't Play This Record (1992), Scotti Brothers Records
  • Meta-Funk'n Physical (2003), UTR Music
  • Right Here, Right Now: Live at Villa Berg (2005), MTM Music
  • MF 4D (2011), U*ME/US*We - live album
  • Mother's Finest - Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 2003 (2012), MIG
  • Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beasts (2015), SPV/Steamhammer


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  • N-Word Privileges: They still got in trouble for it though.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: Love Changes is pretty much a straight faced slow jam soul song. Probably the best known song by the band among adult contemporary R&B radio listeners.

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