Let's Groove

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For the song by Archie Bell & the Drells, see Dance Your Troubles Away.
"Let's Groove"
Let's Groove.jpg
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album Raise!
B-side "Let's Groove" (Instrumental)
Released 1981
Genre
Length 5:37 (album version)
3:55 (radio edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"And Love Goes On"
(1981)
"Let's Groove"
(1981)
"Wanna Be with You"
(1982)
Audio sample
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"Let's Groove" is a song performed by American group Earth, Wind & Fire, taken from their studio album Raise! Written by Maurice White and Wayne Vaughn (with additional production by White), the song was chosen as the first single from the studio album. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, disco music was undergoing a severe backlash. In spite of this, the band decided to revive the disco sound that was later included on their previous works and records. Musically, "Let's Groove" is a post-disco, pop and funk song which includes instrumentation of synthesizers and keyboards along with live electric guitars.

Originally, "Let's Groove" received mixed reviews from music critics, where many praised its catchiness, while some felt it was generic within its timeline of the disco era. However, many contemporary reviews have been well-received, many citing it as memorable and a great disco influenced song. The song was a commercial success, with it being their highest-charting single in various territories. The song peaked inside the top twenty in countries including the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada and other component charts in America.

Background and composition[edit]

Prior to the production of Raise! and the song, the group had started to revive contemporary disco and funk music, as it declined within the late 1970s. While the band's albums I Am (1979) and Faces were critically and commercially acclaimed for reviving disco influenced composition, this was the same exact era where disco music was in fear of scrutiny and criticism. By the late 1970s, a strong anti-disco sentiment developed among rock fans and musicians, particularly in the United States.[2][3] The punk subculture in the United States and United Kingdom was often hostile towards disco.[2]

Reception[edit]

Ed Hogan from AllMusic said, "He brought in guitarist Roland Bautista and began co-writing, with Emotions member Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, a song that reflected the then-emerging electronic sound of the '80s. Not to be confused with the same-named hit by Archie Bell & the Drells, "Let's Groove" certainly was a change. Starting off with a robotic-sounding vocoder riff, it served up a more gritty-sounding EWF for the 1980s, laced with Brecker Brothers-supplied horn blasts that rival those of EWF's 1976 gold single 'Getaway'."[4] However, reviewing the parent album, William Ruhlmann said the song was a recycled mid-tempo tune from the mid-'70s, and stated that everything else sounded desultory and uninspired. He, however, highlighted the song as an album standout.[5]

Maxine Nelson from Yahoo! Voices listed the song at number 10 on the Top 10 Earth, Wind & Fire Songs list, saying "This is a classic EWF funky dance song."[6] Soultrain.com gave it a positive review while celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, stating ""Let’s Groove" has cinched such a nostalgic place in musical history that it is undeniably worthy of being honored [...]"[7] While reviewing Now, Then & Forever, Daniel Falconer said "Eager fans will want to indulge in the deluxe version of the compilation, which includes the timeless disco and soul anthem classics 'Boogie Wonderland', 'Let's Groove', 'September', 'After The Love Has Gone', 'Fantasy' and 'Shining Star'."[8]

"Let's Groove" was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.[9]

Commercial response[edit]

The song peaked at number three in the US and in the UK[10] It also spent eight weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in late 1981 and early 1982 and was the second R&B song of 1982 on the year-end charts.[11]

The single sold over a million copies in the US and has been certified gold by the RIAA as until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold. "Let's Groove" was also certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry.[12][13]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Let's Groove" was the first video ever to be played on Video Soul on BET.[14][15] The video, rich with vintage electronic effects, was created by Ron Hays using the Scanimate analog computer system at Image West, Ltd.[16]

The whole style of the music video later went on to influence Bruno Mars' Treasure.[17]

Personnel[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1981 NME UK[18] Singles of the Year 16

Charts and sales[edit]

Preceded by
"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" by Kool & the Gang
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
November 28, 1981 – January 16, 1982 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Turn Your Love Around" by George Benson

CDB version[edit]

"Let's Groove"
Lets-groove-by-cdb.jpg
Single by CDB
from the album Glide with Me
Released 1995
Format CD
Length 4:17
Label Sony Music
CDB singles chronology
"Hey Girl (This Is Our Time)"
(1994)
"Let's Groove"
(1995)
"Don't Stop"
(1996)

The song was covered in 1995 by the Australian R&B band CDB. In Australia the song reached number two and was certified platinum for shipment of over 70,000 units.[48] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 "Let's Groove" won the Highest Selling Single category.[49] In New Zealand it was their second number-one hit.[50]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[51]
  1. "Let's Groove"
  2. "You Will Be Mine"
  3. "Let's Groove" (Summer Groove)
  4. "Let's Groove" (Instrumental)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[48] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[50] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[52] 80
Preceded by
"How Bizarre" by OMC
New Zealand number-one single
February 18, 1996 – March 3, 1996 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wonderwall" by Oasis

Asia's Got Talent judges version[edit]

"Let's Groove"
Let's Groove - Asia's Got Talent judges.jpg
Single by David Foster, Anggun, Melanie C and Vanness Wu
Released 14 May 2015
Format Digital download
Length 3:32
Label Universal
Producer(s) David Foster

"Let's Groove" was covered by the Asia's Got Talent judges—David Foster, Anggun, Melanie C and Vanness Wu—and released as promotional single on 14 May 2015 by Universal.[53] It was released as charity single for Nepal earthquake and all the money raised was donated to the victims.[54] The version was produced by David Foster.[55]

Promotion[edit]

On May 14, 2015, the four artists performed the song in the final of first season of Asia's Got Talent.[56] On June 4, the Asia's Got Talent released the behind the scenes video of the recording.[57]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[53]
  1. "Let's Groove" – 3:32

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Hong Kong[53] 14 May 2015 Digital download Universal
Indonesia[58]
Malasya[59]
Senegal[60]
Vietnam[61]

Appearances in other media[edit]

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