Monday, July 6, 2015

40 Year Itch : Uh-Huh, Uh-Huh

Still from Ralph Bakshi's Coonskin ( 1975)

KC and the Sunshine Band : That's the Way I Like It ( album version)


    Released on July 6, 1975, side one of the self titled, triple-platinum KC and the Sunshine Band album is a juggernaut, containing "Get Down Tonight" and "That's the Way ( I Like It)", two songs that, in succession,  topped both the Pop and R and B charts. This is the only time, post Elvis, that any white led band has accomplished that feat. A deep cut, "Boogie Shoes", also on Side One, went to #35 in 1977 when it appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which sold more than 15 million copies .

   Harry Wayne "KC"  Casey and Richard Finch worked in the TK Records warehouse so they could have access to the studio. Neither could read or write music.  But KC grew up singing in church and Finch was a self taught drummer and recording engineer. Together they would produce infectious, some say "bubble headed" pop for themselves and others, including "Rock Your Baby",  a 1974 #1 hit for George McRae. Until The Bee Gees swiped the title, KC and the Sunshine Band would be the undisputed kings of disco. No, their lyrics didn't say a lot but their enthusiasm was infectious.

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