The Gap Band Itinerary
Fans can have the ultimate GAP Band experience by visiting the members' childhood home and walking the north Tulsa streets that gave the band its famous name - Greenwood, Archer and Pine. Feel the funk with a tour through the places that influenced the band's sound and gave brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert their start in the industry. From the church where the brothers used to sing together as boys to the studio where they recorded as adults, this road trip hits all the GAP Band high notes.
Stop 1: The Wilson Childhood Home
Before the GAP Band ever formed, it's members (who were also brothers) lived in this house during their childhood and teenage years.
Stop 2: Greenwood, Archer & Pine Streets
The GAP Band named themselves after these three major streets in north Tulsa’s Greenwood District, famously known as “Black Wall Street” during the 1920s. This area ran along Greenwood Avenue, bordered by Pine Street to the north and Archer Street to the south. Originally called the Greenwood Archer & Pine Street Band, the group officially changed their name after a typo on a promotional flier abbreviated the name to simply The GAP Band.
Stop 3: Church Studio
The GAP Band recorded with Leon Russell at the Church Studio in Tulsa and released their first album “Magicians Holiday” on Leon Russell’s Shelter Records in 1974.
Stop 4: Mason Temple Church of Christ
The Wilson brothers attended this church while growing up in Tulsa.
Stop 5: Booker T Washington High School
Charlie and Ronnie Wilson attended high school here during their teenage years. Charlie graduated in 1971 and Ronnie graduated in 1966.
Stop 6: North Side Church of God in Christ
The Wilson brothers often attended church here and Charlie Wilson’s mother hosted gospel concerts at the North Side Church of God in Christ. The boys were featured singers during the church's concerts along with other community gospel singers.