Friday, July 11, 2008

That's the Way

A Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie" leads us right to KC and the Sunshine Band playing a live version of "That's the Way I Like It."

I knew that it wouldn't take long to link to KC and the Sunshine Band. Behind the Bee Gees, they are probably the band most associated with the disco era. KC and the Sunshine Band's songs featured simple, repetitive lyrics paired with music that made you want to move.

The band was formed in 1973 by Harry Wayne Casey [KC] and Richard Finch, but it wasn't until 1975 and their hit "Get Down Tonight" that the band really took off. The album, their second, went triple platinum and the hits just kept on coming. Most people would be surprised to learn that their last #1 hit was the first hit of the 80's ["Please Don't Go"]. The band broke up in 1981. In 1991, KC came out of retirement and reformed the band without Richard Finch. The new band continues to tour with a full schedule.

I was fortunate enough to see KC and the Sunshine Band live a couple of times back in the glory days [1976 and 1977]. They definitely earned their money with the great show that they put on.

One last bit of trivia: Yesterday, Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., commented that he really only liked a few disco songs with "Boogie, Oogie, Oogie" being one and George McCrae's Rock Your Baby being another. Well, did you know that Harry Casey and Richard Finch wrote Rock Your Baby? They did! It went on to become one of the first and biggest hits of the disco era selling 11 million copies.

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