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Story behind ConFunkShun’s hit song Love’s Train




The popular music group ConFunkShun will be making a stop in Vicksburg on Nov.19 during their Love’s Train Reboarded 40th Anniversary Tour.

The R&B and funk band began in the late 1960s as “Project Soul” and transformed into ConFunkShun in the 1970s.

By 1982, ConFunkShun was set to release their album “To the Max” which featured no hits. “Love’s Train” was eventually cut as a single after much dispute, selling over 400,000 copies.

“It was definitely a savior to the album,” ConFunkShun member Michael Cooper said.

The hit song has an interesting background that comes from fellow members Cooper and Felton Pilate II who were caught in a love triangle involving a young woman. They went back and forth with their involvement in a relationship with her.

The love triangle brought along the hit song “Love’s Train” which was written by Cooper and Pilate and motivated the lyrics “…if by chance I can come up” which was said by Cooper to the lady.

Due to other projects and solo careers taking off, ConFunkShun broke up in 1986 and reunited in 1993.

Now, 40 years since the hit song “Love’s Train” aired, the crew is touring just as they did in their youth.

“Big difference between now and back then was the use of cell phones and we rode buses back then but now we fly over 90% of the time,” Cooper said.

The legendary song was remade by Silk Sonic Bruno Mars, Anderson, .Paak, and Silk Sonic in 2021 and currently has over 13,000,000 views on YouTube.

“My daughter sent it to me on Valentine’s Day and we all loved it and we also got to tell them that at the Grammys,” Cooper said.

Cooper has a book coming out next year, along with multiple other projects, and will provide more detains once he is in Vicksburg.

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