The Whispers : And the Beat Goes On
In December of 1979, the LA-based R+B band The Whispers released "And the Beat Goes On", one of the last great singles of the decade. The single would peak at R+B#2 , UK#2 and US#19 and provide a blueprint for early 80's boogie down rhythm and blues. It's got the synthetic (?) handclaps, that busy bass line, a ton of "chorus" on the funky guitar lines, and tasteful keyboards. Sampled by Will Smith in "Miami".