The Groove Line

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"The Groove Line"
The Groove Line - Single by Heatwave.jpg
Single by Heatwave
from the album Central Heating
B-side "Happiness Togetherness"
Released January 1978
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Disco, Funk
Length 4:11 (7" single)
7:28 (12" single)
Label GTO Records
Songwriter(s) Rod Temperton
Producer(s) Barry Blue
Heatwave singles chronology
"Always and Forever"
(1977)
"The Groove Line"
(1978)
"Mind Blowing Decisions"
(1978)
"Always and Forever"
(1977)
"The Groove Line"
(1978)
"Mind Blowing Decisions"
(1978)
A-side label of US vinyl single
A-side label of US vinyl single

"The Groove Line" is a 1978 single by the British-based funk-disco group Heatwave. It was written by Rod Temperton. It was included on Heatwave's second album, Central Heating.

History[edit]

The song became one of the best-known disco songs by a British group and charted at #12 in the UK Singles Chart and #7 in the Billboard Hot 100. It also appeared on U.S. Billboard R&B at #3. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2001.[1] It is ranked as the 49th biggest US hit of 1978.

The song was used in the final episode of the show Freaks and Geeks as well as in the 2013 movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

The song was also used during a montage segment in Magic Mike XXL.

Sampling[edit]

The song was sampled by hip hop group Public Enemy in their song "Sophisticated Bitch" for their 1987 album Yo! Bum Rush the Show.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 2,000,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 293.
  2. ^ The Groove Line info Secondhandsongs.com Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Songs from the Year 1978". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Groove Line". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b U.S. Billboard chart info AllMusic.com. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 
  8. ^ "American certifications – Heatwave – The Groove Line". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 

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