In 1972 jazz and funk saxophonist Ronnie Laws joined the recently formed Earth Wind and Fire. By 1975 he had left the band to start his solo career releasing his debut album Pressure Sensitive. The album featured his original instrumental song Always There, one of his most famous songs. In 1976 the disco and jazz-funk band Side Effect released a cover of the song with vocals, the song appeared on their third album What You Need. Always There has become a jazz-funk classic that has been covered numerous times with and without the vocals.
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