Joanna (Kool & the Gang song)

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Single by Kool & The Gang
from the album In the Heart
Released 1983
Genre R&B, Pop
Length 4:02
Label Polygram
Kool & The Gang singles chronology
"Get Down on It"

"Joanna" is an R&B/pop music song by Kool & The Gang from their 1983 album, In the Heart. Released as a single in late 1983, the song was an immediate hit peaking at #2 on both the US and UK pop charts.[1] Additionally, the track reached #1 on the US R&B chart.

A romantic ballad similar to many of Kool & The Gang's later releases, the song features as its main subject the eponymous girl named "Joanna". In the group's music video, "Joanna" is portrayed as the current owner of a small, roadside café named "Joanna's Diner" (Filmed at the Colonial Diner in Lyndhurst, N.J. The Colonial sign can be seen briefly outside in the opening seconds of the video). Throughout the video, she serves the band members as both cook and waitress as they serenade her with the video occasionally flashing back to her younger days as a dancer at Harlem's famous Cotton Club in New York City and in love with the character portrayed by the group's lead singer, James "J.T." Taylor.

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  1. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 287. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
Preceded by
"Time Will Reveal" by DeBarge
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
January 14, 1984 – January 21, 1984
Succeeded by
"If Only You Knew" by Patti LaBelle