Get Down Tonight

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"Get Down Tonight"
French 7-Inch Single Cover
Single by KC and the Sunshine Band
from the album KC and the Sunshine Band
B-side “You Don’t Know”
Released February 11, 1975
Genre
Length 3:20 (radio edit)
5:19 (album version)
Label TK Records
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Harry Wayne Casey
  • Richard Finch
Certification Gold (CRIA)[3]
KC and the Sunshine Band singles chronology
"I’m a Pushover"
(1974)
"Get Down Tonight"
(1975)
"Shotgun Shuffle"
(1975)

"Get Down Tonight" is a song released in 1975 on the eponymous album by the disco group KC and the Sunshine Band. The song became widely successful, becoming the first of their five no. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top of the Hot Soul Singles chart[4] and was an international chart hit, reaching no. 1 in Canada and charting in Australia (no. 44), Belgium (no. 11), the Netherlands (no. 5), and the UK (no. 21).

Composition[edit]

The song displays some of the signature characteristics of the disco era such as a fast tempo and repeating lyrics. The song features a distinctive introduction, in which a recorded guitar solo is rendered at double speed in a distinct shamisen rhythm over a normal-speed guitar line in the background.

The song was originally titled "What you Want Is What you Get" before KC changed the title to "Get Down Tonight".

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1988, "Get Down Tonight" was covered by British band Shriekback. Harry Wayne Casey appears in the videoclip for a few seconds.
  • In 2010, The song was covered by Sing It Out Loud for the MTV original movie Turn The Beat Around soundtrack.

Sampling[edit]

Mack 10 interpolated the chorus for the hook of "Get A Lil' Head" off his 1998 album The Recipe.

In 1998, the song was sampled by the house production act Bamboo for the hit single "Bamboogie". The song reached no. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1998.[5]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell
Canadian CHUM number-one single
September 13, 1975 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Ballroom Blitz" by The Sweet
Canadian RPM Top Singles number-one single
September 27, 1975 (1 week)
Preceded by
"Fallin' in Love" by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 30, 1975 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell
US Record World number-one single
August 6, 1975 – August 13, 1975 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" by Elton John
US Cash Box number-one single
August 23, 1975 – August 30, 1975 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Fallin' in Love" by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Preceded by
"Dream Merchant" by The New Birth
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
August 23, 1975 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Your Love" by Graham Central Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yorke, Ritchie (1976). The History of Rock'n'roll. Methuen. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-8467-0186-6. And that's the way fans like it, as KC and the Sunshine Band came through with the top disco hit of the year, Get Down Tonight. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "KC & the Sunshine Band – KC and the Sunshine Band". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gold Platinum Database". Music Canada. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 315. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2004). British Hit Singles & Albums (17th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 0-85112-199-3. 
  6. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – KC & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "Get Down Tonight – KC & SUNSHINE BAND" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved June 12, 2013. Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 11 
  9. ^ CHART NUMBER 973 – Saturday, September 13, 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived July 29, 2007). CHUM. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4035a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  11. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "KC & the Sunshine Band" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Indice per Interprete: K" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – KC And The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – KC & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 1975-04-26" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
  16. ^ a b c "KC & the Sunshine Band – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending AUGUST 23, 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 3, 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  18. ^ RECORD WORLD 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived August 1, 2004). Record World. Geocities.com. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  19. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 24, No. 14, December 27 1975". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ "TOP-1OO van 1975" (PDF) (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1975" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1975". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived June 18, 2009). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  24. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 20, 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved June 18, 2014.

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