Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band

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"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"
Meco - Star Wars Title Theme.jpg
Single by Meco
from the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk
B-side "Funk"
Released 1977
Format 7" single
Genre Disco
Length 3:28
Writer(s) John Williams
Meco singles chronology
"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"
"Theme from Close Encounters"

"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" is a disco single recorded by Meco, taken from the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977, holding on to the spot for two weeks[1] and peaked at no. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining in the charts for nine weeks.[2] To date it is the biggest-selling instrumental single in the history of recorded music, having sold two million units, being the only one ever to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

In the late 1970s CBS Sports used the song as opening music for its NFL coverage.

"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" is one of two songs which became hits featuring music from the Star Wars movie. The other is "Star Wars (Main Title)," which is original music from the movie soundtrack by John Williams. The song reached the Top 10 concurrently with Meco's more popular version. Meco again jousted with Williams a few months later, with both artists issuing competing versions of music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, both reaching the US and Canadian Top 40, but with Williams' version being more successful than Meco's.

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