19. Boz Scaggs
Funkiest Jam: Boz Scaggs "Lowdown"
Though his solo material like "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown" spent time on the charts, it was Boz's time in Steve Miller Band that first gave him a taste of fame. William Royce "Boz" Scaggs actually received a Grammy for "Lowdown" (off his 1967 solo album Silk Degrees), making him the first "blue-eyed soul man" to receive the music industry's highest honor in the R&B category. Also, his inclusion here takes into consideration the fact that he has one of the funkier names a white man has ever possessed.
Though he has bounced around with different bands (Steve Miller, The Wigs, Mother Earth), it's safe to say that Boz has hadn't many failures. His albums cull inspiration from R&B trends, but they never sound like a white man lazily emulating black culture—more like a labor of love from someone who appreciates it. The term "blue-eyed soul" may come with some derogatory connotation, but Boz is one of the best to ever do it, effortlessly mashing up R&B, blues and rock and roll like a
Boz Boss (sorry, we couldn't help it).