And the Beat Goes On (The Whispers song)

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"And the Beat Goes On"
And the Beat Goes On by The Whispers 12-inch US vinyl.jpg
A-side label of U.S. 12-inch vinyl single
Single by The Whispers
from the album The Whispers
B-side "Can You Do the Boogie"
Released 1980
Format
Recorded 1979
Genre Post-disco[1]
Length 7:30
Label SOLAR
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Whispers singles chronology
"A Song for Donny"
(1979)
"And the Beat Goes On"
(1980)
"Lady"
(1980)
"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 number 19.[2] "And the Beat Goes On" was the group's only number-one song on the dance chart.[3] It was also their first and biggest hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also peaked at number 27 on the Canadian RPM chart.

Track listing[edit]

7" single[4]
  1. "And the Beat Goes On" – 3:25
  2. "Can You Do the Boogie" – 3:50
12" single[4]
  1. "And the Beat Goes On" – 7:30
  2. "Can You Do the Boogie" – 6:07

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Sampling[edit]

  • Monie Love sampled the song's background for her 1989 hit, "I Can Do This".[21]
  • C.J. Lewis sampled the song's background in his 1995 single "R to the A" from his album "Rough N Smooth". It reached up to N°35 in the UK singles charts.
  • Will Smith used a sample of the song for his 1998 hit single, "Miami".[22]
  • Madonna also sampled parts of this song during her performance of "Beat Goes On" on her 2008–2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour.

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.[23]

Editing and remixes[edit]

The song was also remixed in house music style[26] and in 2010, DJ OzYBoY released a remix in which "And the Beat Goes On" is melted with MARRS's "Pump Up The Volume".[27]

See also[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. ^ a b c "Ultratop.be – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 6959." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0189a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Le Détail par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "The Whispers" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – And The Beat Goes On". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". Singles Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 1980-02-23" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  15. ^ a b c "The Whispers [1980] – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending APRIL 12, 1980". Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. . Cash Box magazine. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  17. ^ "Songs from the Year 1980". TsorT. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On '87" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  20. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 1980". Archived from the original on October 20, 2006. . Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  21. ^ "Monie Love's I Can Do This sample of The Whispers's And the Beat Goes On". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Will Smith's Miami sample of The Whispers's And the Beat Goes On". WhoSampled. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  23. ^ Phares, Heather. "Original Soundtrack – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 6: Fever 105". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  24. ^ Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook – And The Beat Goes On. YouTube. 
  25. ^ Legowelt – And the Beat Goes On (Whispers cover) Video. YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  26. ^ The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On (Remixed). YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  27. ^ DJ OzYBoY – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On – 2010 Remix. YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2013.