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"
Released1979
GenrePost-disco[1]
Length7:30
4:30 (Video edit)
LabelSOLAR
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Whispers singles chronology
"A Song for Donny"
(1979)
"And the Beat Goes On"
(1979)
"Lady"
(1980)
Music video
"And the Beat Goes On" on YouTube

"And the Beat Goes On" is a 1979 single by the American music group the Whispers.[2] 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.[3] "And the Beat Goes On" was the group's only number-one song on the dance chart.[4] 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.

In 1996 after Phyllis Hyman died, the Whispers honored her with a musical: Thank God! The Beat Goes On. The fictionalized story intertwines the long-running career of the Whispers with the rise of Hyman, using songs by the Whispers including ones Hyman sang with them such as "The Beat Goes On." The Whispers played themselves while R&B singer Alyson Williams covered the role of Hyman.[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was sampled in Will Smith's 1998 single "Miami",[23] from his 1997 album called Big Willie Style and is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.[24]

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. ^ "The Whispers: The Beat Goes On After 15 Years". Jet. Vol. 58 no. 15. Johnson Publishing Company. June 26, 1980. p. 44. ISSN 0021-5996.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 619.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 279.
  5. ^ "The Whispers Pay Tribute to Phyllis Hyman in Stage Play 'Thank God! The Beat Goes On'". Jet. Vol. 90 no. 26. Johnson Publishing Company. November 11, 1996. p. 22. ISSN 0021-5996.
  6. ^ a b c "Ultratop.be – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 6959." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0189a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "Le Détail par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "The Whispers" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – And The Beat Goes On". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On". Singles Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  17. ^ a b c "The Whispers [1980] – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "Songs from the Year 1980". TsorT. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On '87" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  22. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 1980". Archived from the original on October 20, 2006.. Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  23. ^ Flick, Larry (October 3, 1998). "Singles > Will Smith: Miami (3:19)". Billboard. Vol. 110 no. 40. p. 24. ISSN 0006-2510.
  24. ^ Phares, Heather. "Original Soundtrack – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 6: Fever 105". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 1, 2013.