Hi-Jack (1974 song)

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Hi-Jack Barrabas.jpg
Single by Barrabás
from the album ¡Soltad a Barrabás!
B-side "Lady Love"
Released 1974
Recorded 1973 - 1974
Genre Disco, Latin Funk
Length 5:46
Label Ariola Records
Writer(s) Fernando Arbex
¡Soltad a Barrabás! track listing
"Mad Love"

"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]

Single by Herbie Mann & Cissy Houston
B-side "Lady Marmelade"
Released 1975
Genre Disco, Jazz-Funk
Length 5:16
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(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
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 24
U.S. Billboard Disco Action 1

See also[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. 
Preceded by
"Shame, Shame, Shame" by Shirley & Company
Billboard Disco Action number-one single
February 15 – March 1, 1975
Succeeded by
"Bad Luck" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes