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|Single by Miami Sound Machine|
|from the album A Toda Máquina and Eyes of Innocence|
|Songwriter(s)||Enrique E. García|
|Miami Sound Machine singles chronology|
"Dr. Beat" is the first international single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine, led by Gloria Estefan, on their first English language, but eighth overall, studio album Eyes of Innocence (1984). The song which was written by the band's lead songwriter and drummer Enrique "Kiki" Garcia and was released worldwide in 1984 becoming a top success across Europe where the album impacted the charts with this hit.
"Dr. Beat" was not quite as popular in the US as some of their later singles, only peaking at number 17 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. However, it has become one of the group's biggest international hits, reaching the Top 10 in Spain and peaking at number 6 in the United Kingdom.
The song has maintained popularity through inclusion on a number of 1980s retrospective albums. It also became popular again in 2005 when dance artist Mylo mashed the song up with his hit "Drop the Pressure" to create "Doctor Pressure", which became a hit single in its own right.
"Dr. Beat" became a sensation in the charts across Europe, becoming the band's first song to enter the charts in a career for more than eight years, the song firstly entered the chart in the UK at the top 10, helped in large part by an appearance on Top of the Pops by the band, and then started to make debut at some another charts at other countries of Europe. The song was a complete failure in the United States in comparison to the other countries, only entering to the Top 20 at the Dance Club Play charts.
At the beginning of the music video, which was shot on location on the rooftop of the Bacardi Imports building where Enrique Garcia and Emilio Estefan worked for a short time, Gloria Estefan is singing and dancing on the roof of a tall building, in front of frantic crowd. Estefan is calling for Dr. Beat, which is played by songwriter and drummer Enrique Garcia, to help cure her from her desire to dance continuously. Dr. Beat takes her from the scene to the hospital, as Estefan performs a choreography on the way. In the hospital, Dr. Beat conducts some investigations and performs surgery on Estefan. In the end a boom box is removed from inside of Estefan.
Formats and track listings
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Dr. Beat".
US Vinyl 12" Maxi-Single (49 05023)
- "Dr. Beat" (Long Version)
- "Dr. Beat" (Instrumental Version)
Worldwide Vinyl 7" Single (34 04574)
- "Dr. Beat" (Album Version)
- "When Someone Comes Into Your Life" (Album Version)
- Album Version – 4:26
- Long Version – 6:26
- Instrumental Version – 5:26
- Hustlers Up-Town Full Length Disco Remix – 6:51
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