Dancing in the Moonlight

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"Dancing in the Moonlight"
Dancinginthemoonlightboffalongo.jpg
Promotional 7-inch single
Single by Boffalongo
B-side"Endless Questions"
ReleasedAugust 1970
Recorded1970
StudioJ.T. Sound Studios
GenrePop rock
Length3:10
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)Sherman Kelly
Producer(s)Eric & Steve Nathanson
Boffalongo singles chronology
"Please Stay"
(1969)
"Dancing in the Moonlight"
(1970)

"Dancing in the Moonlight" is a song written by Sherman Kelly, originally recorded in 1970 by Kelly's band Boffalongo, and then a hit single by King Harvest in 1972, reaching number 5 in Canada and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2000, a cover by English band Toploader became a worldwide hit and achieved multi-platinum status in the United Kingdom. A version by Swedish EDM duo Jubël, released in 2018, was a hit in Europe.

History[edit]

Sherman Kelly wrote the song in 1969.[1] While recovering from a vicious assault by a gang, he "envisioned an alternate reality, the dream of a peaceful and joyful celebration of life."[2] Kelly wrote:

On a trip to St. Croix in 1969, I was the first victim of a vicious St. Croix gang who eventually murdered 8 American tourists. At that time, I suffered multiple facial fractures and wounds and was left for dead. While I was recovering, I wrote "Dancin in the Moonlight" in which I envisioned an alternate reality, the dream of a peaceful and joyful celebration of life. The song became a huge hit and was recorded by many musicians worldwide. "Dancin In The Moonlight" continues to be popular to this day.[3]

He recorded it singing lead with his band Boffalongo, who were active from 1968 to 1971; it was their final single. The song was also recorded by High Broom and released in 1970 on Island Records.[4][5] It failed to reach the UK Singles Chart.

King Harvest version[edit]

"Dancing in the Moonlight"
DancingInTheMoonlightKingHarvestSingle.jpg
Single by King Harvest
from the album Dancing in the Moonlight
B-side"Lady, Come On Home"
ReleasedJuly 9, 1972 (1972-07-09)
Recorded1972
GenrePop rock
Length2:57
LabelPerception (P-515)
A&M (1973 re-issue)
Songwriter(s)Sherman Kelly
Producer(s)Jack Robinson
King Harvest singles chronology
"You and I"
(1971)
"Dancing in the Moonlight"
(1972)
"A Little Bit Like Magic"
(1972)

Sherman Kelly's brother Wells Kelly introduced the song to the Paris-based band King Harvest in which he was drummer, and former Boffalongo member Dave "Doc" Robinson was lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist. King Harvest recorded and released "Dancing in the Moonlight" as a single with "Lady, Come On Home" on the B-side in 1972. Steve Cutler, a jazz drummer from New York City (standing on the base of the pole in the cover picture), played drums on the tracks and toured France and the UK with the band. The group disbanded after six months and the single languished for a year until it was bought and released worldwide by Perception Records. In Canada, the song reached number 5 on the weekly charts and number 71 on the year-end chart for 1973.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1972–1973) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[6] 5
Canada RPM Top AC[7] 69
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 13
US Billboard Easy Listening chart [9] 22
US Cash Box Top 100[10] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Rank
Canada[11] 71
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 36

Toploader version[edit]

"Dancing in the Moonlight"
ToploaderDancingintheMoonlight.jpg
Single by Toploader
from the album Onka's Big Moka
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2000 (2000-02-21)
Length
  • 3:52
  • 3:30 (Stargate Official Mix)
LabelS2
Songwriter(s)Sherman Kelly
Producer(s)George Drakoulias
Toploader singles chronology
"Let the People Know"
(1999)
"Dancing in the Moonlight"
(2000)
"Achilles Heel"
(2000)
Music video
"Dancing in the Moonlight" on YouTube

In 2000, English band Toploader released a cover of "Dancing in the Moonlight". It was originally released on February 21, 2000, as the third single from their debut studio album, Onka's Big Moka (1999), and peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. It was then re-released in November of the same year with new production from Stargate and reached number seven on the same chart. The song has been certified 4× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales and streams of over 2,400,000 units. Worldwide, the song reached the top 20 in Australia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Spain.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single reissue

  1. "Dancing in the Moonlight" – 3:52
  2. "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Stargate Radio Mix) – 3:30
  3. "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Alliance DC Vocal Remix) – 6:30
  4. "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Live) – 4:31

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2022) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 3
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 10
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[16] 35
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 15
Hungary (Single Top 40)[18] 35
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 7
Italy (FIMI)[20] 21
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 52
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 24
Norway (VG-lista)[24] 11
Scotland (OCC)[25] 14
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 44
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 53
UK Singles (OCC)[29] 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[30] 84
Chart (2001) Position
Australia (ARIA)[31] 70
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 59
UK Singles (OCC)[33] 49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Gold 35,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[35] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
Germany (BVMI)[36] Gold 250,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[37] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] 4× Platinum 2,400,000double-dagger

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref(s).
United Kingdom February 21, 2000 (2000-02-21)
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
S2 [39][40]
United Kingdom (re-release) November 13, 2000 (2000-11-13)
  • CD
  • cassette
[41]
Australia April 16, 2001 (2001-04-16) CD Sony Music [42]

Jubël version[edit]

"Dancing in the Moonlight"
Cover of "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Jubël featuring Neimy (2018)
Single by Jubël featuring Neimy
from the album Strawtown
ReleasedJune 22, 2018
Recorded2018
Length2:44
LabelGood Soldier
Songwriter(s)Sherman Kelly
Jubël singles chronology
"Illusion"
(2017)
"Dancing in the Moonlight"
(2018)
"On the Beach"
(2019)
Neimy singles chronology
"Dancing in the Moonlight"
(2018)
"Unforgettable"
(2018)
Music video
"Dancing in the Moonlight" on YouTube

Swedish record producer duo Jubël released a dance cover in 2018 featuring Neimy.[43] It peaked at number 9 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart. It also charted in Belgium's Ultratip Bubbling Under chart in both Flanders and Wallon francophone markets.

The song garnered the attention of British radio DJs in 2020 and as a result the Jubël version gained more popularity two years after its initial release in Sweden. The song was rereleased for the British market giving it a much bigger international audience. It peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart,[44] and the Irish and Scottish singles charts as well.[45] The song was used in series 6 of the reality show Love Island in 2020 and spread to TikTok,[46] while reaching the top of the British radio list. The song also charted on the ARIA Australian Official Singles Chart, also in 2020.

Releases[edit]

  • 2018: "Dancing in the Moonlight" (2:44)
  • 2019: "Dancing in the Moonlight" (PBH & Jack Sunset Remix Radio Edit) (2:16)
  • 2019: "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Jack Wins Remix) (2:40)
  • 2020: "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Nathan Dawe Remix) (2:51)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–2021) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[47] 23
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[48] 46
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[49] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[50] 97
Czech Republic (Rádio – Top 100)[51] 10
France (SNEP)[52] 128
Iceland (Plötutíðindi)[53] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[54] 36
Portugal (AFP)[55] 128
Scotland (OCC)[56] 3
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[57] 8
Slovenia (SloTop50)[58] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[59] 9
UK Singles (OCC)[60] 11

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[61] Gold 15,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[62] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[63] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[64] Gold 100,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[65] Gold 35,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[66] Gold 30,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[67] Gold 5,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[68] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Other versions[edit]

In 1994, a version by Bahamian group the Baha Men reached No. 18 in New Zealand[69] and No. 42 in Canada.

In 2009 American actress/singer Alyson Stoner covered the song. Scenes from the film Space Buddies appear in the music video for this version; the music video is a special feature on the DVD release of the film.

See also[edit]

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