Hi-Jack (1974 song)

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"Hi-Jack"
Hi-Jack Barrabas.jpg
Single by Barrabás
from the album ¡Soltad a Barrabás!
B-side"Lady Love"
Released1974
Recorded1973 - 1974
GenreDisco, Latin funk
Length5:46
LabelAriola Records
Songwriter(s)Fernando Arbex

"Hi-Jack" is a 1974 song written by Spanish musician Fernando Arbex and originally recorded by the group Barrabás for their album ¡Soltad a Barrabás!. It was later a hit single for jazz flautist Herbie Mann.

Herbie Mann version[edit]

"Hi-Jack"
Single by Herbie Mann & Cissy Houston
from the album Discothèque
B-side"Lady Marmelade"
Released1975
GenreDisco, Jazz-funk
Length5:16
LabelAtlantic Records
Songwriter(s)Fernando Arbex

Mann's recording of the song featured Cissy Houston on vocals and hit number one on the US Disco Action chart for three weeks in early 1975[1] and made the top 30 on the R&B and pop singles charts.[2]

In addition to Mann's version, the song has been covered many other artists (notably by Enoch Light) and the various versions have been sampled in songs by hip-hop artists, including The Beatnuts and Jennifer Lopez.

Chart positions (Herbie Mann version)[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 24
U.S. Billboard Disco Action 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 356.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 375.