Hollywood Swinging

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"Hollywood Swinging"
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Wild and Peaceful
ReleasedApril 6, 1974[1]
Format7-inch single
LabelDe-Lite Records
Composer(s)Bell, Bell, Brown, Mickens, Smith, Thomas, Westfield
Kool and the Gang singles chronology
"Jungle Boogie"
"Hollywood Swinging"
"Higher Plane"

"Hollywood Swinging" is a 1974 song by R&B/funk band Kool & the Gang from their album Wild and Peaceful and was written by Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, George M. Brown, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Claydes Charles Smith, Dennis R. Thomas and Rick A. Westfield. "Hollywood Swinging" was the group's first number one R&B single, reaching that position in June 1974. The single was a successful crossover hit, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart as well.[2]

In a 2015 interview Nile Rodgers stated that Chic's 1979 song "Good Times" was partly inspired by "Hollywood Swinging". Rodgers also stated he is the cousin of Robert Mickens.[3]

Track listing[edit]

De-Lite Records – DE-561:[4]

1."Hollywood Swinging" (From the album Wild and Peaceful)Kool and the Gang & Rick Westfield4:35
2."Dujii" (From the compilation album Kool Jazz)Rick Westfield6:02


The song has been sampled in several rap songs, including:


Chart (1974) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Hollywood Swinging" appears on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game soundtrack, on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The song plays during the dance sequences in the mission Lifes a Beach.

The song appears in the films "Be Cool" (2005) and "Roll Bounce" (2005). The song also appeared on the television shows Martin, A Different World, Lizzie McGuire and Criminal Minds. Also appeared on the Bringing Back the Funk, Brian Culbertson's 2008 album. Played at Quicken Loans Arena during halftime at Cleveland Cavaliers home games. It also was covered in Sinbad's comedy special, Where U Been?

It is heard in a 2016 TV commercial for ESPN's SportsCenter.

In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Brian", a rendition of the song is heard playing in the background that Cyborg, Beast Boy, Birdarang, Dave, Super Robin, and Pain Bot dance to as part of Birdarang's surprise party.

Jamiroquai version[edit]

"Hollywood Swinging"
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Single by Kool & the Gang featuring Jamiroquai
from the album In Store Jam and The Hits: Reloaded
  • November 6, 1997 (Jamiroquai)
  • December 8, 2005 (Kool & The Gang featuring Jamiroquai)
  • 1997 (Jamiroquai)
  • 2004 (Kool & The Gang featuring Jamiroquai)
  • 4:47
  • 4:28
LabelEdel Records
Producer(s)Jason Kay
Jamiroquai singles chronology
"(Don't) Give Hate a Chance"
"Hollywood Swinging"

A version of "Hollywood Swinging" was recorded by British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai in 1997. The group released the recording, alongside three other tracks, on an exclusive Japanese MiniDisc entitled "Hollywood Swinging", which was available from November 6, 1997. This version also appeared on the group's compilation album, In Store Jam, which was only available for purchase in the US. In 2004, Kool & The Gang re-recorded "Hollywood Swinging" as a collaboration with the group, releasing it on December 8, 2005, having recorded it in 2004. The song was released as the first single from their compilation album, 'The Hits: Reloaded'. The single was released on several different formats. Despite strong radio airplay, the song failed to chart anywhere.

Track listing[edit]


Japanese Mini Single

  1. "Virtual Insanity" (Radio Edit) – 3:54
  2. "When You Gonna Learn" (Didgeridoo) – 3:48
  3. "Too Young to Die" (Radio Edit) – 3:19
  4. "Hollywood Swinging" – 4:47


Spanish CD Single

  1. "Hollywood Swinging" (Feat. Jamiroquai) – 4:28

European CD Single

  1. "Hollywood Swinging" (Feat. Jamiroquai) (Ralphi Rosario's Old School Vocal) – 7:30
  2. "Hollywood Swinging" (Feat. Jamiroquai) (Ralphi Rosario's Hollywood Rock Dub) – 9:10

UK CD Single

  1. "Hollywood Swinging" (Feat. Jamiroquai) – 4:28
  2. "Cherish" (Feat. Ashanti)
  3. "Get Down On It" (Feat. Blue & Lil' Kim)
  4. "Ladies Night" (Feat. Sean Paul & Spanner Banner)

UK 12" Vinyl

  1. "Hollywood Swinging" (Feat. Jamiroquai) – 4:28
  2. "Hollywood Swinging" (Feat. Jamiroquai) (Ralphi Rosario's Old School Vocal) – 7:30
  3. "Hollywood Swinging" (Feat. Jamiroquai) (Ralphi Rosario's Hollywood Rock Dub) – 9:10


  1. ^ "Hollywood Swinging/Dujii". Rate Your Music. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1992-2004. Record Research. p. 332.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkjJx6rYrOo
  4. ^ "Hollywood Swinging/Dujii". Discogs. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Kool The Gang Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Kool The Gang Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.

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