Song: “Get Down Tonight” by KC & The Sunshine Band
Reached #1: August 30, 1975 (their first, 1 week)
It didn’t take long for Harry Wayne Casey – best known, of course, as KC – and his band out of Miami, the Sunshine Band, to hit the top of the charts.
They got together in 1973 at the record store where KC was working. KC and producer/writer Richard Finch started the band before adding studio musicians. Their first album was a local hit in Florida.
As they were getting ready for the second album, a song that KC and Finch wrote for George McCrae – “Rock Your Baby” became a smash hit, with help from Sunshine Band guitarist Jerome Smith. McCrae returned the favor on the Band’s UK hit “Queen of Clubs’”… all of which set the stage for the Sunshine Band to break out.
They did, with the first single off that second album. “Get Down Tonight” landed at the height of the disco era… quickly followed by “That’s The Way (I Like It)”.
The partnership between KC and Finch couldn’t last – do they ever? – and Finch left the Band in 1981. Casey carried on for a while, retired in 1985, and came back in 1991 with an entirely new Sunshine Band. Finch left the music business for a couple of decades, coming back to work with America’s Got Talent contestants (among others) in 2009.
But really, the backstory is just that – story. If you want to relive 5 minutes of bell bottoms, disco beats, and bad hair (really, some people just shouldn’t do afros)… hit play on the clip above.
Tomorrow… hey na, hey na… this #1 hit’s back…
Other songs that reached #1 on August 30:
1980 – “Sailing” by Christopher Cross (his first, 1 week)
1986 – “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood (his first, 1 week)
1997 – “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by the Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Mase (his second, 2 weeks)