Boogie Fever

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"Boogie Fever"
Single by The Sylvers
from the album Showcase
B-side "Free Style"
Released February 1976
Format 7" single
Recorded 1975
Genre Disco/Soul
Length 3:29
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Freddie Perren, Kenneth St. Lewis
Producer(s) Freddie Perren

"Boogie Fever" is a song recorded by Los Angeles, California-based R&B group The Sylvers, from their 1975 album Showcase. Their most lucrative single, it reached number one in the U.S. on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts as well as reaching number one in Canada on the RPM national singles chart in 1976,[1] and was their third of nine Top 20 R&B hits and first top 40 pop single.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1976.[3] "Boogie Fever" is one of two Gold records by the Sylvers, the other being "Hot Line".

Content[edit]

The narrator of the song notes a change that seems to have come over his girlfriend. At the drive-in movie, she turns down the speaker volume and turns up the radio to hear her favorite disco songs, and "boogies" to the disco beat while eating her meal at the pizza parlor. He concludes that his girl must have caught the "boogie fever" which seems to be "goin' around." In the final verse, he consults his doctor and realizes that he, too, has caught the "boogie fever" as a result of dancing all night "doin' the bump, bump, bump" with his girlfriend.

History[edit]

After being signed to Capitol Records in 1975, Larkin Arnold, then vice president, hired Motown Records veteran Freddie Perren to produce the group. Kenneth St. Lewis, a long-time collaborator with Arnold, suggested they write a song for them using one of the popular words of the day, "boogie." The song featured all nine of the Sylver siblings, including the youngest sisters Angelia and Pat. The lead vocal was by Edmund Sylvers: Foster Sylvers was prominently featured in the bridge singing the line: "We kept it going strong". Released in February 1976, "Boogie Fever" took 13 weeks to climb to number-one on the pop charts.

The bass line for the song, performed by legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson, was based upon that of "Day Tripper" by the Beatles.

In 2010, "Boogie Fever" was used prominently in the movie Despicable Me, and its theme park attraction adaptation, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. The song was also featured in the movie Roll Bounce, appeared in TV ads for Old Navy and Little Caesars Pizza as well as the 1994 Stephen King miniseries The Stand.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top Singles - Volume 25, No. 7, May 15 1976
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 563. 
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1976

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Preceded by
"Welcome Back" by John Sebastian
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 15, 1976
Succeeded by
"Silly Love Songs" by Wings
Preceded by
"Sweet Thing" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
March 6, 1976
Succeeded by
"Disco Lady" by Johnnie Taylor