Hollywood Swinging

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"Hollywood Swinging"
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Wild and Peaceful
B-side Dujii
Released April 6, 1974[1]
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1973
Genre Funk, Jazz-Funk
Length 4:35
Label De-Lite Records
Producer(s) Kool and the Gang & Gene Redd
Kool and the Gang singles chronology
"Jungle Boogie"
"Hollywood Swinging"
"Higher Plane"

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

Track listing[edit]

De-Lite Records - DE-561:[3]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hollywood Swinging" (From the album Wild and Peaceful) Kool and the Gang & Rick Westfield 4:35
2. "Dujii" (From the compilation album Kool Jazz) Rick Westfield 6:02


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

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Hollywood Swinging" appears on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game soundtrack, on the radio station Bounce FM radio station. 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.

Jamiroquai version[edit]

"Hollywood Swinging"
Hollywood swinging.jpeg
Single by Kool & the Gang featuring Jamiroquai
from the album In Store Jam & The Hits: Reloaded
B-side "Cherish"
"Get Down On It"
"Ladies Night"
Released November 6, 1997 (Jamiroquai)
December 8, 2005 (Kool & The Gang Feat. Jamiroquai)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 1997 (Jamiroquai version)
2004 (Kool & The Gang w/Jamiroquai version)
Genre Funk, disco, pop, alternative rock
Length 4:47
Label Edel 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. ^ "Hollywood Swinging/Dujii". Discogs. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Be Thankful for What You Got" by William DeVaughn
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
June 8, 1974
Succeeded by
"Sideshow" by Blue Magic