The Whispers : And the Beat Goes On
For the entire month of March, 1980, the LA-based R+B band The Whispers had the #1 R+B song with "And the Beat Goes On". The single would peak at 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".