Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Whispers Make a Big Noise on the R+B Charts

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".

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