In 1982, Charlie Wilson and his brothers Ronnie and Robert, aka The GAP Band, dropped a "bomb" on us.
More than 30 years later, Charlie Wilson is still going strong with his new album "Love, Charlie," his own chart-toppers like "There Goes My Baby" and "You Are" as well as collaborations with some of the top acts in music like Kanye West, R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, will.i.am and Snoop Dogg.
The R&B legend will bring his funky, soulful sound to Savannah at 8 p.m. April 4 at Johnny Mercer Theatre. The event is hosted by BET's "Comic View" comedian Marvin Dixon.
It's hard to believe this energetic performer reportedly turned 61 this year - and even Wilson denies his age.
"I'm actually 12," he laughs. "If you go to a Charlie Wilson show, you will see I am going backward in age."
So how does he do it?
"I just stay active," he says. "I work out. I have a really young spirit. The spirit in me is a little boy. It keeps me active and keeps me wanting to be the best."
And the musician says he feels he is at the top of his game.
"â€¦ Those 20- and 30 year-olds don't want no part of Uncle Charlie," he says. "I had to turn myself into a headliner because nobody wants to play with me."
Wilson says this year marks seven years in a row for him to perform at the Essence Music Festival and other acts reportedly say, "Don't put him in front of me."
"Nobody wants to follow me. I must be a dangerous man!" he says with a laugh.
And his recent success proves he's a dangerous act follow. His performance at the 2013 BET Awards last summer, where he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, drew one of the largest television audiences in BET's history.
The tribute included performances from India Arie, Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder, and Wilson took the stage with a medley of hit songs alongside Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell.
"That was an incredible night," Wilson says. "I will never forget it. It was a pivotal moment for me."
He says Wonder is one of his all-time music heroes, so to hear him sing "Burn Rubber" was an honor like no other.
"It was a dream come true. I fought back the tears because I knew I had to make a speech."
But Wilson admits his long career hasn't been an easy one, which is why he says he fully embraces his nickname, Uncle Charlie, and mentors younger musicians.
"It's important for them to know the music business and to listen to good music," he says. "I tell them, 'Don't let the industry play you.'
"Go have some fun and live life, but don't let drugs and alcohol or greed take all you got. ... It makes you a bitter man at the end of the day.
"I got a chance to see both sides. How many people get that? Some people don't get the chance to live another whole career again or to make more money than you ever made. I make more now than I ever did in my whole life. I feel like a 20 year old!
"I'm so blessed to to have a career again; it rarely happens."
Wilson recently did something he's never done before - he received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Song.
He says the song, "If I Believe" was the product of a dream his wife, Mahin, had.
"This was before I got started with the record," he says. "She said she had a dream and she told me about this song and said, 'You were nominated for a Grammy,'" and I said, 'We haven't even started the album!'" he laughs. "I told her, 'Okay, let's see what you got.'"
But Wilson says when the Grammy nominations were announced, he was disappointed at first.
"We listened and they announced R&B and we said, 'Ah, man, we didn't get nothing this time.' Then someone said, 'Wait, hold on, you've been nominated for gospel.'
My wife said, 'I told you I dreamt it.'"
While Wilson didn't win the Grammy, he says writing the song added another great moment with his wife of 19 years.
He says the secret of their long-lasting relationship is simple: "We go everywhere together."
"We are together 24 hours a day. We go everywhere together but the public bathrooms.
"People always ask if we get sick of each other and I look at my wife and say, 'Yeah, sometimes I can't stand you so I go into the bathroom," he laughs.
Of course Mahin will be by her husband's side when Wilson travels to Savannah for the concert.
He says they are excited to make the trip back to the Coastal Empire.
"Savannah is a beautiful city. We love it."
What can concert goers expect to hear Wilson play?
"I will play every hit record The Gap ever made and every hit record Charlie Wilson ever made - how about that? You can't beat that!"