Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)

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"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"
Single by Chic
from the album Chic
B-side "São Paulo"
Released 1977
Format
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco
Length 8:21 (LP version)
3:41 (7" edit)
Label Buddah (583)
Atlantic (3435)
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Nile Rodgers
Chic singles chronology
"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)"
(1977)
"Everybody Dance"
(1978)

"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" is a song by American R&B band Chic. It was the group's first single and hit in the United States, reaching number 6 on both the pop and R&B charts.[1] In addition, along with the tracks "You Can Get By" and "Everybody Dance", the single reached number one on the disco charts.[2] Luther Vandross provided backup vocals. He was working as a session vocalist at the time.[3]

The "yowsah, yowsah, yowsah" of the title, which appears as a spoken interjection in the middle of the song, originated with the American jazz violinist and radio personality Ben Bernie, who popularized it in the 1920s. The phrase was revived in 1969 by They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, a film about a Depression-era dance marathon.

Track listing and formats[edit]

Buddha 7" BDA 583, 1977 / Atlantic 7" 3435, September 30, 1977
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (7" Edit) - 3:41
  • B. "São Paulo" - 5:01
Buddha 12" DSC 121, 1977 / Atlantic 12" DK 4600, 1977
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21
  • B. "São Paulo" - 5:01
Atlantic 12" promo DSKO 101, 1977
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21
  • B. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (7" Edit) - 3:41
Atlantic 12" DK 4621, 1978
  • A. "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" - 8:21
  • B. "Everybody Dance" (12" Mix) - 8:25

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1977–78) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 28
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 6
Germany (GfK) 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 6
US Billboard Hot 100 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 6
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 116. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 56. 
  3. ^ Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross - Craig Seymour - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Village People by Village People (all cuts)
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (with "Everybody Dance" and "You Can Get By")
October 22, 1977 - November 10, 1977
Succeeded by
Once Upon a Time by Donna Summer (all cuts)