Ladies' Night (album)

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Ladies' Night
Kool and the Gang Ladies Night.jpg
Standard artwork
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)
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
Allmusic[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

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

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.

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 Singles" 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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