Cut The Cake – AWB | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#10) & R&B (#7); 1975

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

AWB – for Average White Band – was hardly “average.” And, despite the spot-on American-soul sound its members hailed not from Memphis or Detroit, but from Scotland. They were, however, very Caucasian. Catching their big break as an opening act for Eric Clapton’s London comeback concert in 1973, the lads were ironically dubbed the “average white band” by Bonnie Bramlett who was also on the bill. The newly-named AWB hawked a self-produced album to MCA that stiffed; leaving the band label less. Fortunately, Atlantic Records picked ’em up and sent them into the studio with master producer Arif Mardin. The result was a R&B/pop crossover smash called Pick Up The Pieces. However, AWB’s triumph was tempered by tragedy: drummer Robbie McIntosh had died just two days after the album debuted on the US chart; four months before Pieces reached #1. Taking their cue from their hit, AWB set about recording Cut The Cake and were rewarded with a the #10 Cut The Cake, dedicated to Robbie, who received co-writing credit on it.

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Produced by:

  • Arif Mardin

Lyrics Written by:

  • Average White Band