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Gap Band IV is the sixth album (contrary to the title) by The Gap Band, released in 1982 on Total Experience Records. The album reached #1 on the Black Albums chart and #14 on the Pop Albums chart, achieved platinum status, and is considered their most successful project.

Gap Band IV
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 17, 1982
StudioTotal Experience Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
GenreR&B, soul, funk
LabelTotal Experience
ProducerLonnie Simmons
The Gap Band chronology
The Gap Band III
Gap Band IV
Gap Band V: Jammin'
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB+ [2]

The album produced the singles "Early in the Morning" (#1 Black Singles, #13 Club Play Singles, #24 Pop Singles), "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" (#2 Black Singles, #39 Club Play Singles, #31 Pop Singles), and "Outstanding" (#1 Black Singles, #24 Club Play Singles, #51 Pop Singles). It also achieved a rare feat in which every song on the album received radio airplay.

This was the first album producer Lonnie Simmons released directly on his label, Total Experience Records. The album was later reissued on CD in 1994 by Mercury Records.


Track listingEdit

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. Early in the Morning Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor 6:30
2. Season's No Reason To Change Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson 4:49
3. Lonely Like Me Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson, Rudy Taylor 5:21
4. Outstanding Raymond Calhoun 3:18
5. Stay With Me Ronnie Wilson 4:11
6. You Dropped a Bomb on Me Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor 5:10
7. I Can't Get Over You Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson 6:02
8. Talkin' Back Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Rudy Taylor 6:42


  • Charlie Wilson - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion, Lead and Backing Vocals
  • Ronnie Wilson - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Robert Wilson - Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Oliver Scott - Horns, Synthesizer, Keyboards
  • Raymond Calhoun - Drums, Percussion
  • Melvin Webb, Ronnie Kaufman - Drums
  • Dionne Oliver - Bass
  • Fred Jenkins, Glen Nightingale, Jimi Macon - Guitar
  • Robert "Goodie" Whitfield, Louis Cabaza - Keyboards, Synthesizer
  • Wilmer Raglin- Horns, Backing Vocals
  • Andy Ward, Earl Roberson, Larry Stone - Horns
  • David Drew, Marva King, Maxayn Lewis, Alisa Peoples, Calvin Yarbrough, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Sheila Young, Val Young - Backing Vocals


Chart (1982) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 14
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 1


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1982 "Early in the Morning" 24 1 13
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me" 31 2 39
1983 "Outstanding" 51 1 24

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  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. Gap Band IV > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Gap Band IV > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  3. ^ a b "The Gap Band US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-11.
  4. ^ "The Gap Band US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-11.