Going to be a little short on the history, lots and lots of work to be done on other projects today.
Over the course of his career Edwin Birdsong was a studio musician for many artists, including Stevie Wonder. He helped pen some stuff with Roy Ayers as well. He spent some time as a solo musician as well, but did not find a lot of success. he had a cult following, but nothing particularly wide spread. Here is one of his songs that was later sampled by Daft Punk which was then sampled by Kanye West. So, here is the original version of the sample of a sample, 1979's 'Cola Bottle Baby' by Edwin Birdsong: