Ladies' Night (album)

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Ladies' Night
Kool and the Gang Ladies Night.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 6, 1979
Recorded1978-1979
GenreDisco, funk, R&B
Length34:05
LabelDe-Lite
ProducerEumir Deodato
Kool & the Gang chronology
Everybody's Dancin'
(1978)
Ladies' Night
(1979)
Celebrate!
(1980)
CD cover
Cover of the 1995 reissue
Cover of the 1995 reissue
Singles from Ladies' Night
  1. "Ladies' Night"
    Released: October 5, 1979
  2. "Too Hot"
    Released: January 13, 1980
  3. "Hangin' Out"
    Released: April 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[2]

Ladies' Night is the eleventh studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released in 1979. The album became their first major success especially after the release of the title track, the U.S. #8 "Ladies' Night," and the U.S. #5 follow-up "Too Hot" which both became Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The album brought a return to the mainstream after a lull in success from 1976-1978. Ladies' Night reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart. Additionally, all the cuts from the album reached number five on the disco chart.[3]

With Ladies' Night, Kool & the Gang made their funk style more mainstream by incorporating some pop and light R&B into the sound. The result was that this album was not only popular during the 1970s black-oriented funk era where the band started, but also during the more popular and diverse disco era. Ladies' Night became their first Platinum album.[4] It also marked the debut of lead vocalist James "J.T." Taylor.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang; except where noted.

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ladies' Night"George Brown, Kool & the Gang6:38
2."Got You into My Life" 4:25
3."If You Feel Like Dancin'" 5:05
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hangin' Out" 5:31
2."Tonight's the Night" 7:21
3."Too Hot"Brown, Kool & the Gang5:05

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Peak
position
1979 Ladies' Night US Billboard R&B[9] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 8
UK Singles Chart[10] 9
1980 "Too Hot" US Billboard R&B[9] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
UK Singles Chart[10] 23
1980 Hangin' Out US Billboard R&B[9] 36
UK Singles Chart[10] 52

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Personnel[edit]

Musical[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Mike Doud - Art Direction
  • Joe Kotleba - Cover Design
  • Raul Vega - Photography
  • Joe Gastwirt - CD Mastering and CD Digital Remastering

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: Ladies' Night > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  2. ^ Keepnews, Peter (March 6, 1980). "Kool & the Gang: Ladies' Night". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 312). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Joel Whitburn's hot dance/disco, 1974-2003. Menomonee Falls, Wis: Record Research Inc. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-89820-156-7.
  4. ^ "Kool & the Gang". Billboard. Lynne Segall. October 9, 1982. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kool & the Gang – Ladies' Night" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Kool & the Gang Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Kool & the Gang Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  8. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1980". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Ladies' Night > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singless" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c "Kool & the Gang - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night". Recording Industry Association of America.

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