KC and the Sunshine Band is an American DISCO and FUNK Band, founded in 1973 in Hialeah, Florida, by Harry Wayne Casey, a record store employee and part-timer at TK Records. The band took its name from lead vocalist Harry Wayne Casey’s last name (‘KC’) and the ‘Sunshine Band’ from KC’s home state of Florida, the Sunshine State. He was introduced to Richard Finch, who was engineering records for TK, and the Casey-Finch musical collaboration began.
In 1975, with the release of the self-titled second album KC and the Sunshine Band, came the group’s first major U.S. hits with “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s the Way (I Like It)“.
The 1976 was the year of “Shake Your Booty” and “I’m Your Boogie Man”.
“I’m Your Boogie Man” is a song written about a DJ at a Miami radio station, named Robert W. Walker, who was the first to give their first hit single “Get Down Tonight” airplay and KC & The Sunshine Band showed their appreciation by making a song about him, “the Boogie Man that brought all the funk and the good feeling and the vibes to the people every morning”. A lot of DJs got offended, because in the ’70s, “Boogie Man” was also a common racial insult to a black man, but they were actually an integrated band, with Finch and Casey the only white members.
“Please Don’t Go” – a love ballad released in 1979 – was the first No. 1 hit of the 1980s, on the USA Hot 100.
The Whispers formed in 1963 in Watts, California, whose classic line-up consisted of founding members Wallace "Scotty" and Walter Scott (identical twin brothers), with Leaveil Degree, Marcus Hutson, and Nicholas Caldwell. The group scored many hits on the R&B, Dance and Sales charts, throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Their most successful period was with SOLAR Records (Sound Of Los Angeles Records), when – in 1979 – they released "AND THE […]