The 9th Creation are remembered as one of America's greatest funk bands of the 1970s. The band was formed in 1970 by A.D. Burrise in Stockton, California, under the original name ‘Soul Struts’ and started out as many bands do: performing the music of others at local hotspots. In 1971, J.D. Burrise (brother of A.D.) joined the band and became the lead singer and bandleader. As bandleader, J.D. decided that it was time to change their name to ‘3rd Creation’ and felt it was important that they began creating original material.