In 1980, Bohannon started a record label (PHASE2 Records). He signed and recorded -The Originals- a group formerly with Motown and re-recorded their big hit (Baby I'm for Real) also he signed the sensational (Liz Lands.) When Bohannon organized his big band at Motown, he also became house band leader at the well known 20 Grand Club in Detroit. It was similar to The Royal Peacock in Atlanta, Georgia. Where all the top R&B artists performed such as- The Dells, The Ojays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes-featuring Teddy Pendergrass, Flip Wilson, The Dramatics, Chuck Jackson, OC Smith, Motown artists and many more.
During Bohannon's major career- he has pinned five classics ( Disco Stomp/Foot Stompin' Music/ South African Man /Steppers Dance Favorite (Thoughts and Wishes) and Let's Start the Dance- which is the longest played dance song of all time. They are still filling the dance floor and it still sounds current. Bohannon came off the road in earlier 80's to spend time with his family, he wanted to be home as a full time family man to help his wife raise their children. From the early 80's to present his music has been sampled/used for commercials/films/soaps/TV shows/movies/etc. He is very fortunate-because he owns his publishing 100% and he owns 80 percent of his masters. BOHANNON Productions own over 150 masters and over 200 songs. The greatness James Brown told Bohannon- that there are only two with rhythms- that nobody has- he and Bohannon- he said-that our rhythms are not alike but different , and strong like nobody else.
Other credits- (A member of alpha phi alpha fraternity) present motivational events to motivate /uplift students of all races because he said-that love has no color. While living in Atlanta, BOHANNON met and played with guitarist Jimi Hendrix. His musical accomplishments earned him the title 'The Rhythm Funk Master' as evidenced by the tribute to BOHANNON in Tom Tom Club's 1982 hit "Genius of Love."
He owns BOHANNON Phase II Music Publishing, BOHANNON Ponteverda Music Publishing, BOHANNON Phase II Records and HnA Records co-owned by his children, Hamilton Bohannon II and April M. Bohannon.
Four decades after his Soul'n'Jazz-flavored grooves first made him an international hit maker, BOHANNON's music is constantly being reissued and consistently sampled by many top Rap and Hip-Hop artists of the 1990's and the new millennium such as Jay Z, Nine Inch Nails, Too Short, Total, Ed O.G. and Da Bull Dogs, Young MC, Bell Biv Devoe, Heavy D. & The Boyz, 1993 Grammy Award Winners Digable Planets (whose platinum album Reaching featured two BOHANNON compositions), Musiq (on his 1 album in 2002), Montell Jordan, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Craig Mack, Snoop Dog, Nate Doog, Warren G and many more. His composition titled "Ooh" featured on Mary J. Blige's 1 Album (2003) was nominated for a Grammy (02-08-04). A remix of the same song included, along with Mary J. Blige, artists 50 Cent and G-Unit. His music has also been featured in several sound tracks including Studio 54 and Sword Fish as well as on TV and X-Box Games. BOHANNON received The Man of Motown award in 2003.
From 1974 to 1983 BOHANNON achieved 19 charted Billboard singles and amassed 20 albums to his credit. "Foot Stompin' Music" his first charted single, took its name from what people did to the music. 1974's "South African Man" was inspired by his conversations with the late Marvin Gaye; and the international smash "Let's Start The Dance" (a hit in 1978 and again in 1981) along with subsequent versions, "Let's Start The Dance, Part 1" and "Let's Start II Dance Again (Rap Version)," remain among the most frequently played radio tracks to this day! Other hits include: "Keep On Dancing" an east coast favorite (as were all of his albums). "Disco Stomp" and "Bohannon's Beat" reflected BOHANNON's desire to create upbeat, happy, and rhythmical music that would inspire people to have a good time. "Truck Stop" has a relentlessly funky feel while "Have a Good Day" and "Thoughts and Wishes" show the more mellow side of BOHANNON's music. "Thoughts and Wishes" was/is comedian Bernie Mac, and wife, Rhonda favorite song. In 1975, BOHANNON was the first artist (since The Beatles in the 1960's), to achieve two Top 10 pop songs on Tops of the Pop -"Foot Stompin' Music" and "Disco Stomp"- at the same time!
Prior to achieving success on his own, BOHANNON enjoyed a two and a half year stint as Stevie Wonder's drummer and served for five years as bandleader (BOHANNON & The Motown Sound) touring with all of Motown's top performers. These performers include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha and the Van Dellas, The Spinners, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the rest of the Motown Family. BOHANNON's early band featured several musicians who would go on to have distinguished careers of their own including Ray Parker Jr., trumpeter Jerry Hey (arranger for Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, among others), guitarists Dennis Coffey and Wah-Wah Watson, Ricky Rouse, Bassists and vocalists Michael Henderson, Rod Lumpkin, Lorenzo Brown, Fernando Saunders, Eddie Watkins and others.
In 2006 BOHANNON's music continues to grow, entering into the 4th decade of his career. This year, some of his works include compositions on Mary J. Blige, an EP entitled My Collection of Love Songs Live; a new artist, Governor, on Atlantic Records; his son BOHANNON 2 on HnA Records owned by BOHANNON, BOHANNON 2 and April Bohannon; X Box games; video games; other artists and some new entities. The first quarter of 2007 BOHANNON entered into the 5th decade of his career. January 14, 2007 the sound track CD for (movie-Daddy's Little Girls) by Tyler Perry was released featuring one of BOHANNON's musical compositions performed by Atlantic Artist Governor. Also on February 14, 2007, the movie Daddy's Little Girls another one of BOHANNON's compositions is featured (background music performed by artist BOHANNON) and also licensed music to Disney movies and continued to record and produce. In the first quarter of 2008 BOHANNON released some compilations of his music and an audio book titled BOHANNON Speaks from the Beginning. In 2008 the audio book was placed in all 100 Public School Libraries (Elementary, Middle, and High School), BOHANNON speaks about his childhood, religion, education, family, music, band members, the Motown days, the Brunswick days and the Mercury days. He tells some stories about his friends and colleagues, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes and many more. Movie credits include Swordfish with Halle Berry and John Travolta, Studio 54, Shazzam and television work for HBO and Disney and several. In 2010 Bohannon released children's song entitled "I Had A Better Day Today" in all Atlanta public schools, along with a video and song dedicated to Atlanta entitled "Atlanta Rocks."
Beginning the year 2012 Bohannon will be releasing several CDs. He has developed two new styles- the boogie house music, and electronic soul. Bohannon is multi talented-he has written and recorded -jazz/ballads/ hip hop/dance/ disco/house/gospel/ a touch of country/ a touch of rock/ beautiful melodic music/ a touch of classical music he also has recorded some of his music with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For more detailed information please purchase Bohannon's Book: Bohannon Speaks From the Beginning. 2012 Bohannon became the first artist at his age to enter into the top 40 club/dance charts in the United Kingdom (peaked at #7). Also a club has been named after him in Berlin, Germany -the name of the club is: (Bohannon Soul Club) located in the downtown area in Berlin. He was the first to start four on the floor for dance music which set the stage for modern dance. His four on the floor led to disco/house, and hip hop. Also, in 2012 Bohannon had a song he wrote featured in a Microsoft television ad.