And the Beat Goes On (song)

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"And the Beat Goes On"
Single by The Whispers
from the album The Whispers
B-side "Can You Do the Boogie"
Released February 1, 1980
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1979
Genre Post-disco[1]
Length 4:55
Label SOLAR
Writer(s) Leon Sylvers, Stephen Shockley, William Shelby
Producer(s) Dick Griffey, The Whispers
The Whispers singles chronology
"A Song for Donny"
(1979)
" And the Beat Goes On"
(1980)
"Lady"
(1980)

"And the Beat Goes On" is a 1980 single by the American music group The Whispers. The song was their first of two number-one singles on the Soul chart, and their first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at no. 19.[2] "And the Beat Goes On" was The Whispers only number one song on the dance chart.[3] It was also their first and biggest hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at no. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song appeared on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts, peaking at no. 27.

Monie Love sampled the song's background for her 1989 hit, "I Can Do This."[4] Will Smith used a sample of the song for his 1998 hit single, "Miami".[5] Madonna also samples parts of this song during her performance of, "Beat Goes On" on her 2008-2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour.

The song is featured in the videogame Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.[6]

Editing and remixes[edit]

The song was also remixed in house music style[9] and in 2010 DJ OzYBoY released a remix in which And The Beat Goes On is melted with MARRS's Pump Up The Volume[10]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single[11]
  1. "And the Beat Goes On" — 3:25
  2. "Can You Do the Boogie" — 3:50
12" Single[11]
  1. "And the Beat Goes On" — 7:30
  2. "Can You Do the Boogie" — 6:07

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ro, Ronin (1998). Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records. Quartet Books. p. 40. "SOLAR (...), which grew out of an association between promoter Griffey and Soul Train host Don Cornelius, released a string of post-disco hits that included Shalamar's "The Second Time Around" and the Whispers' "And the Beat Goes On." 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 619. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 279. 
  4. ^ "Monie Love's I Can Do This sample of The Whispers's And the Beat Goes On". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Will Smith's Miami sample of The Whispers's And the Beat Goes On". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Original Soundtrack – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 6: Fever 105". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook – And The Beat Goes On. YouTube. 
  8. ^ Legowelt – And the Beat Goes On (Whispers cover) Video. YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On (Remixed). YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ DJ OzYBoY – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On – 2010 Remix. YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "Ultratop.be – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  12. ^ (Dutch) "And The Beat Goes On – THE WHISPERS". Top 30. Retrieved July 31, 2013. "Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 17" 
  13. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  14. ^ "RPM Top Singles." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  15. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". InfoDisc. Select "The Whispers" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". Singles Top 60. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  23. ^ a b c "The Whispers [1980] – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending APRIL 12, 1980 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 15, 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  25. ^ "Songs from the Year 1980". TsorT. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On '87" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  27. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  28. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 1980 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 20, 2006). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
Preceded by
"Vertigo" / "Relight My Fire" / "Free Ride" by Dan Hartman
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(with "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box")

February 23, 1980 – March 1, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Funkytown" / "All Night Dancing" by Lipps Inc.
Preceded by
"Special Lady" by Ray, Goodman & Brown
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
March 1, 1980 – March 29, 1980 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Stomp!" by The Brothers Johnson